CLAREMONT – As proactive, dedicated actions being taken to prevent auto-accidents involving pedestrians increase, the numbers of fatalities and injuries go down. Such was the case on 09/07/2021, but with out-of-the-ordinary injurious results – as revealed by former Police Commissioner and current Council Member Ed Reece.
A male subject was walking in the middle of highly-travelled Towne Avenue, near Ridgefield Drive at 4:04 AM, in the pitch-black, new-moon morning. When a Clarement PD Officer attempted to conduct an enforcement-stop on the pedestrian, the male allegedly refused to comply.
Next, the now-fleeing pedestrian threw narcotics over a residential wall. The illegal substances landed in the back yard.
The officer caught up with the subject, but attempts to stop the male were fruitless. As the fleeing pedestrian was eventually caught in the roadway, a struggle ensued.
The suspect refused to cooperate, and commenced punching the officer in the face – causing facial injuries. During the tussle in the street, a second officer arrived on-scene.
As the first officer continued wrestling with the suspect, the second officer deployed a Taser. This temporarily disabled the assaulter, long enough to take him into custody.
The suspect was ID’d as a registered sex offender out of San Bernardino. It is not yet known why he was in Claremont, on foot, travelling under the cloak of darkness.
The suspect remains under arrest.