Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CMPD Grabs Shotgun-toting Bandit Promptly

The Costa Mesa Police Department announced last night that they captured a shotgun-wielding bandit last Saturday night after he had robbed a man at an ATM machine on Baker Street in the Mesa North part of town.

According to the report, the 18-year old robber - identified as Brian Gonzalez from Fontana - approached the 29-year old victim as he attempted to make a deposit and demanded he withdraw cash from the ATM.  The victim entered his PIN number and, while Gonzalez attempted to finish his withdrawal, dashed to his car, retrieved a can of mace and sprayed him.  The suspect turned and ran onto Coolidge and disappeared.

The victim called the police and the CMPD responded and was assisted by the Orange County Sheriff's Department helicopter and K9 units from Newport Beach and Cypress police departments.  While the search continued the CMPD received a call from a family member who was in touch with Gonzalez.  Eventually, after conversation with the CMPD via cell phone, Gonzalez turned himself in at the Carls, Jr. restaurant at 15th Street and Newport Blvd.  The shotgun was retrieved from a dumpster not far from the crime scene and the CMPD also secured the money Gonzalez had stolen - $20.  He is now in the Orange County jail with a $50,000 bail and is suspected of having committed similar crimes.

Great work by the CMPD and their law enforcement partners from local jurisdictions for the excellent police work and the prompt apprehension of this dangerous,  stupid, criminal.

In an ironic twist, last night - at precisely the moment the CMPD issued the press release on this event - a grumpy old fella who lives in Mesa North and speaks frequently before the City Council - was in the midst of a tirade directed at the council about this very event.  He chided the council for not cleaning up the slums, from whence he presumed this bandit had sprung, and speculated that he was still at large, roaming the Mesa North neighborhood with his shotgun, waiting to rob someone else.  Apparently, when he heard the OCSD helicopter orbiting his neighborhood late Saturday night, old grumpy jumped into his car to see what was happening, but was stopped by police officers who were searching for the bandit.  This old fella, a racist who has attempted to use his prodigious communication skills for more than a decade to rid Costa Mesa of every face that's not white, left the meeting early, apparently satisfied that hearing his own voice was quite enough for him.

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Anonymous Grumpy and Threadbare said...

Just for the record, when the guys from Wahoo were given the council award two meetings ago, Thrift Store Marty was the only one in the room who didn't clap. We think you're being hard on the guy thinking he's a racist, and are betting that he just doesn't like food, rather than people who aren't lilly white... :P

3/20/2013 07:11:00 AM  
Anonymous just curious said...

Where was the HB helicopter that CM pays for after dumping the one they had (that was actually an asset)to save two dollars? Is CM now going to have to pay OCSD for their service on this call like ABLE charged when they went outside of their coverage area?

3/20/2013 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Nitram said...

*The Angry Pathological Racist*

Up until recently I had been a reader of CM Press. Over the years I found myself agreeing with many of that blogger's commentaries on our local politics and his ideas to improve our city, but as the new Secretary of State has said, "You have a right to be stupid" and that is what CM Press's author Martin Millard is. He is stupid. This planet has many educated people that are stupid. Millard encompasses this to the fullest.

While Millard states DNA predetermines one's actions. I believe our actions are a decision and choice we make. For example whenever a Black male commits a crime, I do not say his DNA made him do it. I say he made a bad decision and should suffer the consequences. The same logic applies to any race or religion.

Millard seems to have no bounds to his distaste for anyone other than his own color. His writings are full of hate primarily against Blacks, Hispanics and Jews. He is best labeled as a "White Racist" even though he will rationalize his way out of that description. There is nothing extraordinary about the man. Over the generations, there have been many people like him. He seems to be stuck in a time warp somewhere in the 1950's; an artifact of the past with a new twist, DNA. If Hitler were still alive today, Millard would be a good loyal lieutenant.

Millard's stupidity is obvious.

He wants to be an effective advocate of improving our city: he is against crime and blight and often speaks about irresponsible use of taxpayers' dollars. Hard to argue with that. He is very articulate when he speaks at city council meetings and shows lots of passion. No complaint here.

The problem is he is his own worst enemy and he does not know it. He wants to be taken seriously but nobody does. He has become a liability to the very causes he speaks out against. He gets nothing done because he carries too much baggage. Why? No politicians want to be perceived as helping him out of fear of somehow giving the impression of being associated with this angry pathological racist. Not a healthy prescription for someone in politics.

Millard would do himself and our city the most good if he decided to concentrate on improving our city and keeping his racism concealed. Every good idea he has ever presented is tainted with his racism and every good idea he speaks about is delayed because of his racism. Let me be clear. His ideas are often good but no action is taken because the idea came from him.

3/20/2013 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

Only you can make me laugh about racism. Well written!! And kudos to our great CMPD.

3/20/2013 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous not surprised said...

Old grumpy is a great name for that guy

I peruse his blog time to time usually after reading this one. Its mind boggling how much he cherry picks what to share. Blacks can be criminals? oh my. He seems to think tearing down what is bad will somehow make society better again. He seems to think very highly of himself. Yes, tear down one "slum" (as he calls them) they migrate, people follow the solution over and over. WIll the homeless suddenly just find homes? Does he just not really care and as per an old grump just think 'get off my lawn'.
I bet if he felt free to say exactly what he wanted to say he would be a proponent of eugenics. He is sooo deeply racist and disturbed. As a white person, i am ashamed to say he is a member of my race.

3/20/2013 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Eleanor Egan said...

Geoff's blog post was mainly about the cops arresting a shotgun-toting bandit. Hurray for the CMPD! It's kind of weirdly pitiful, though, to think the man would threaten someone's life for a mere $20.

Too bad the mere mention of Grumpy distracted the commenters and brought unwarranted attention to someone who thrives on it but doesn't deserve it.

3/20/2013 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Lighten Up said...

Lighten up Eleanor,

All topics are subject to discussion.

3/20/2013 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Miles Apart said...

I might be wrong here, but shouldn't the title of this post be something like "shotgun bandit turns self into CMPD"? It's not like they caught him red-handed, he escaped from the area and turned himself in several miles away. The good thing about him calling and turning himself in was that all those CMPD Officers, outside agency Officers and K9s and helicopter weren't searching all night.

3/20/2013 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Does anyone know what's on the agenda for Fairview Park?

3/21/2013 04:27:00 PM  

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