CHP officer on leave over claim he groped a Santa Ana woman

SANTA ANA — A Santa Ana woman claimed Wednesday she was groped by a California Highway Patrol officer who came to her apartment hours after a traffic stop involving her and her husband.

The woman, who spoke through an interpreter at a Los Angeles news conference with attorney Juan Dominguez, said she was going public with her claim to ensure no other women are victimized.

CHP officials said the unnamed officer has been placed on leave pending the completion of an internal investigation and a criminal investigation by the Santa Ana Police Department.

The woman claims she and her husband were pulled over by the officer around 5:30 p.m. April 6 on the southbound 5 Freeway near Red Hill Avenue. The officer cited her husband for being an unlicensed driver, and they were released, according to her attorney.

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About three hours later, the officer showed up at her apartment and asked to speak to her alone, Dominguez said.

“He positions his patrol car on the side of the parking lot and opens the two doors of his SUV patrol car and positions her between the two doors and … proceeds to grope her genitalia, breasts in a sexually inappropriate manner,” Dominguez said.

He said the officer stopped when a neighbor walked by, but the officer told the woman he would be back the following week.

“We hope and trust that they will do a thorough, transparent and speedy investigation,” Dominguez said.

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Suspect injured in Long Beach police shooting, no officers hurt

LONG BEACH — A suspect was shot and wounded in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday night in Long Beach.

The shooting occurred around 10 p.m. in the area of Chestnut Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.

The wounded suspect was taken to a hospital, according to the Long Beach Police Department. The suspect’s condition was not immediately reported.

No officers were injured, police said.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately disclosed. Investigators were on scene late Tuesday night.

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Cal State Fullerton Police look to track down man peeping into dorm window

FULLERTON — Authorities are seeking the public’s help to identify a man who was spotted by two Cal State Fullerton students looking through their dorm window.

The incident occurred around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Willow dorm building, according to campus police. The suspect remained in the area for about five minutes before leaving.

He was described as white, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, about 170 to 180 pounds, with brown short hair and scruffy facial hair. He was seen wearing a bright blue T-shirt, a dark colored zip-up hooded sweatshirt and dark colored jeans.

Anyone who witnessed the man or a similar incident, or has any information about the incident, was asked to contact CSUF Police Investigations at (657) 278-2903.

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Man stabbed multiple times in Santa Ana

SANTA ANA  — Police are investigating a stabbing that left a man wounded Friday night,  Feb. 23, on a Santa Ana sidewalk.

The attack was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m. in the 900 block of  East Third Street, Cmdr. Michael Claborn said.

The victim, whose named was not released, was transported to an area hospital with what appeared to be multiple, non-life threatening stab wounds, he said.

Neither a motive nor a suspect had been identified late Friday night in connection with the attack.



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Indonesia’s stock exchange evacuated after floor collapses

Indonesia’s stock exchange evacuated people from the vicinity Monday after a floor collapsed during the midday trading break.

The floor collapsed into the ground level of the bourse’s Tower 2, spokesman Rheza Andhika said by phone, adding that it wasn’t an explosion.

Footage aired on local television MetroTV showed several people lying on the ground at the entrance of the building.

The situation remains unclear, with employees still being accounted for, said Friderica Widyasari Dewi, president director at Indonesia Central Securities Depository, which is based at the stock exchange’s building.

The stock exchange building also houses the World Bank’s local office, according to the bourse’s website.


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Police investigating suspicious death of man found at Garden Grove construction site

GARDEN GROVE — Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found Tuesday, Dec. 12, at an abandoned construction site.

When officers responded to the site at 10080 Garden Grove Blvd. around 4:50 p.m. they discovered the man, who appeared to be 18 to 25 years of age, had sustained trauma to most of his body, said Lt. Carl Whitney, declining to elaborate. The man was not carrying any identification. He remained unidentified as of late Tuesday night.

The construction site has a multi-story unfinished steel framed structure on the premises and is in a busy retail district.

Garden Grove detectives interviewed witnesses who found the body and are continuing to investigate the incident, Whitney said.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Garden Grove police Homicide Detective Steve Heine at 714-741-5422.

Anonymous tips can be left at Orange County Crime Stoppers, CALL 1-855-TIP-OCCS (1-855-847-6227).




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