Police Blotter: Have You Seen the Battered Body in Question?

Also, two teens on scooters punch a younger boy in the face, camouflage-clad men tote rifles up a trail, and youths hang obscene drawings in front of a man’s home.

A caller said that he had received an anonymous tip that there was a battered—but not dead—body of a man laying somewhere in a graded area within the five-mile region between Hamilton Trail and Trabuco Canyon Road. When Orange County Sheriff's deputies asked the suspicious-sounding man for more details, he said that he could not elaborate any further. 

Deputies determined that the call appeared to be coming from the area near Cook’s Corner. An officer was sent out to patrol the area, but neither the battered body nor the original caller could be found.

The call came in around 8 p.m. on Monday, from Hamilton Trail and Live Oak Canyon Road.

Rock-throwing scooter riders punch boy in face

A Coto de Caza woman said her 11-year-old son was assaulted around 4 p.m. by two 15-year-old boys, who were riding scooters. They threw rocks at her son before punching him in the face, causing him to have a bloody nose. The mother refused medical treatment for the boy.

The call came in around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, from River Rock Drive.

Rifle-wielding men in camouflage hunt for coyotes—and it's legal

A woman saw two men, decked out in full camouflage clothing, park their green Jeep at the bottom of Hamilton Trail. The men walked up the trail, holding scope rifles and raising a fair amount of concern. When deputies spoke to the men, they produced their valid hunting licenses, and said they were going coyote hunting.

According to the Department of Forestry and Fish and Game, it is legal to hunt for coyotes in the Cleveland National Forest year-round.

The call came in around 5 p.m. on Friday, from Live Oak Canyon Road and Hamilton Trail.

Kids hang obscene drawings in front of man’s home

A Las Flores man said that a group of youths hung obscene drawings in front of his residence, and that the same group of kids then put tape across Meandering Trail so vehicles would run into it.

The call came in around 10 p.m. on Saturday, from Castletree.

The following is a summary report of calls from Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Trabuco Canyon and Las Flores to the Orange County Sheriff's Department from March 25 to March 29.

Battery Report 1:06 p.m. Tuesday, 30900 block of Bridle Path Road. A parent from Wagon Wheel Elementary School said that his 9-year-old son was hit earlier that day by another student.

Shots Heard 8:15 p.m. Monday, on 19100 block of El Toro Road. A woman reported hearing five or six gunshots near a church on the street.

Suspicious Person/Circumstances 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, on Antonio Parkway and Oso Parkway. A caller thought a man, who was holding a toy near a child, looked suspicious. 

Suspicious Person/Circumstances 10:07 p.m. Sunday, on Homestead Drive and Altura. A woman saw three or four men in the street engaged in a verbal and physical fight. She could hear them yelling phrases like “murder” and “get caught.” The men then left in a white vehicle. Deputies were unable to locate the men.

Welfare Check 8:17 p.m. Sunday, 700 block of Sable. A woman thought her ex-boyfriend was banging on her door.

Assist Outside Agency 5:43 p.m. Sunday, on Antonio Parkway and Oso Parkway. A man, who was mountain biking with his brother on Tijeras Creek Trail, said that his brother fell and hit his head. Although he was wearing a helmet, the brother still had a deep cut on his head, but was conscious. Deputies, park rangers, and the Orange County Fire Authority helped escort the man from the trail.

Suspicious Person/Circumstances 5:39 p.m. Sunday, on Oso Parkway and Antonio Parkway. A woman was approaching drivers, reaching into their vehicles and asking for rides.

Suspicious Person/Circumstances 3:16 p.m. Sunday, on Trabuco Creek Road and Trabuco Canyon Road. A caller said three people were shooting guns about two miles from the Holy Jim Trail.

Drunken Driving 3:36 a.m. Sunday, 100 block of Bloomfield Lane. A woman said her intoxicated 21-year-old son and his drunken friend left her home in a silver Acura coupe, heading for Jack in the Box. Her son called back, saying that they were on their way to Del Taco instead. Deputies caught up to the men and noted that the driver of the Acura was not intoxicated.

Disturbance -- Music or Party 3:36 a.m. Sunday, 900 block of Sable. A caller reported hearing a loud party in a nearby apartment.

Disturbance 10:05 p.m. Saturday, on Edelweiss. A caller said several youths were loitering outside of his residence and being very loud.

Disturbance 9:45 p.m. Saturday, 400 block of Sable. A man was in a verbal argument with his roommate about domestic issues.

Suspicious Person/Circumstances 8:45 p.m. Saturday, on Live Oak Canyon Road and Trabuco Canyon Road. A woman, calling from Glendale, said that her brother and his friend went for a long run in Trabuco Canyon that morning at 4 a.m., but they had not returned. She said that both men were experienced marathon runners but were unfamiliar with the area.

Patrol Check 6:53 p.m. Saturday, on Rose Canyon Road and Trabuco Canyon Road. A man wanted someone to look for two men that he had met early that morning in front of the Holy Jim Canyon bike trail, who had said that they had never been mountain biking before. Their two vehicles were still in the parking lot.

Disturbance 4:56 p.m. Saturday, on Bel Flora. A woman said her mother’s ex-boyfriend entered her residence and refused to leave. He was also taking items from the house. The woman’s mother was in Catalina at the time. The woman called back 10 minutes later, stating that the man just left the residence in a rented Home Depot van.

Missing Adult 12:30 a.m. Saturday, on Sawgrass. A woman said her husband was walking home from Dana Point and hadn’t returned home. She called back 45 minutes later, stating that she found him at home.

Disturbance—Music or Party 12:15 a.m. Saturday, on Legacy Way. A caller said a large group of juveniles were yelling and screaming at a party on the street.

Disturbance—Music or Party 9:36 p.m. Friday, on Radiance Lane. A caller reported that there was a party on her street, with guests yelling and generally being rowdy inside and outside of the residence. Before deputies arrived, the guests left the house by jumping over the back wall.

Welfare Check 4:40 p.m. Friday, on Morning Trail and Oso Parkway. A caller said two men were cutting down trees on private property.

You can read about more incidents on the Orange County Sheriff's Department blotter.

Linda Musel March 30, 2011 at 07:27 AM
According to the Department of Forestry and Fish and Game, it is legal to hunt for coyotes in the Cleveland National Forest year-round. Why the devil would anyone want to go out and shoot coyotes??? What is the purpose of this hunt??.. I am sure they can buy meat at the local grocery store...sounds as though coyotes are "target practice" and what kind of human takes pleasure in shooting an animal for sport???????????????????????????? What kind of society are we turning into that sport is to take a life of an animal, not for the use of meat to eat, but to "JUST SHOOT IT??????????" What a rotten role model this person is to children..it's okay to shoot any animal because it exists????????????????
Martin Henderson March 30, 2011 at 07:50 AM
Linda, I don't think you're going to be alone with this point of view. Thanks for commenting.
Dawn Thiery March 30, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Linda - I agree, it made me sad when I saw that bit about the coyotes. I know they can be a nuisance/a bit scary if they get too close to homes but I had no idea that it was OK to just hunt them at any time.
Linda Musel March 30, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Shame on you Dept. of Forestry and if you allow shooting of coyotes for free sport, what if someone's dog got loose and from a distance, these hunters think it's a coyote??????? THERE IS NO REASON FOR ANYONE TO BE HUNTING IN THIS AREA JUST TO KILL AN ANIMAL!!!! NO EXCUSES.
Joel March 31, 2011 at 03:11 AM
Maybe they like rabbits?


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