February 24, 2001
Costa Mesa police arrested an 18-year-old man Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a young woman at Canyon Park in Costa Mesa. Armando Lopez Gomez of Buena Park was found hiding in a backyard as Costa Mesa police, aided by the Huntington Beach Police Department and Irvine Police Department bloodhounds, searched the area. Police said the suspect allegedly was seen running from the park by neighbors after an 18-year-old woman was found beaten and screaming for help at 4 a.m. The victim was taken to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, where she was treated for a broken nose, jaw and cheekbone and then released, police said.
September 8, 2012
Irvine police arrested a registered sex offender last week who had gone to Citrus Glen Park to play tennis, officers said. Jean Pierre Nguyen, 51, of Garden Grove was arrested for violating a July 2011 Irvine law that prohibits certain sex offenders from visiting city parks or recreational facilities, according to the Irvine Police Department. Nguyen was on probation after a conviction earlier this year for indecent exposure in Garden Grove, police said. The Orange County Probation Department contacted Irvine police believing Nguyen was at the park on Thursday.
February 17, 2012
A woman who reportedly jumped or fell off a building near MacArthur Boulevard and Jamboree Road was declared dead Friday, authorities said. Authorities received a call for medical aid in the 19000 block of MacArthur at 11:30 a.m. Friday, said Irvine Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Julia Engen. The woman, described as in her 40s, was declared dead at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana after falling off a building nearGoogle'sIrvine office in what appeared to be a suicide, said Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Kris Concepcion.
May 6, 2013
UC Irvine police will do push-ups to raise money for veterans and their families this weekend at City Hall. A team comprised of UC Irvine Police Chief Paul Henisey, Corporal Chris Bolano, Officer Annie Nguyen, Officer Paul Riscalla and Officer Matt Wroblewski will compete with other teams to squeeze as many push-ups as they can into 90 seconds. The teams are asking for donations for the Boot Campaign, a nonprofit that assists wounded veterans. The event is organized by the Irvine Police Department and Custom Bodies Fitness gym in Irvine.
January 3, 2013
Irvine police arrested nine people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a checkpoint in Irvine on Dec. 30. Officers also wrote six citations for other violations. Staffers stopped 359 vehicles during the evening operation at Jamboree Road and Birch Street. Out of those, 12 were stopped for officers to administer sobriety tests. There were no significant traffic delays because of the checkpoint, police said in a statement. The checkpoint, which was staffed by the Irvine Police Department employees as well as community volunteers, was funded by a California Office of Traffic Safety grant.
June 23, 2011
Irvine police released the name of a woman killed in a car crash in Turtle Rock on Wednesday. Manal Darwiche, 21 of Irvine, the driver of a 1997 Nissan Sentra, died when her car crashed into a tree near Shady Canyon and Sunnyhill about 1:10 a.m., according to an Irvine Police Department news release. Police were investigating the cause, the release said. An 18-year-old Garden Grove resident, who was a passenger in Darwiche's car, was injured and taken to a hospital, the release said.
January 18, 2011
A 77-year-old Irvine resident died from injuries sustained in a two-car crash Tuesday afternoon. The collision occurred in the intersection at Culver Drive and Farwell Avenue about 1:20 p.m., closing a portion of Culver between Trabuco Road and Bryan Avenue while the Orange County Fire Authority and Irvine police responded to the scene, according to an Irvine Police Department press release. Preliminary investigation shows that the 77-year-old female driver appeared to be driving eastbound on Farwell when she was stuck by a van traveling southbound on Culver, according to the release.
December 8, 2012
The recovery of a stolen Mercedes-Benz by Irvine police this week has led to the arrest of four people, including a man they believe was involved in multiple car thefts and burglaries in Irvine, police announced. Officers saw a Mercedes-Benz with a paper license plate speeding on Lake Forest Drive at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and followed it into a neighborhood where the driver and two passengers pulled into a residential driveway, turned off the headlights and ducked down, according to a release from the Irvine Police Department.
December 29, 2005
In the weeks before New Year's Eve, local police agencies have been working hard to send a strong message against drunk driving. A multi-agency task force, coordinated by the Costa Mesa Police Department, is patrolling the streets and looking for those driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. So far, the operation's been a success, said Costa Mesa Police Chief John Hensley. "Things are going very well.... The numbers [of arrests], unfortunately, have been high," Hensley said.
November 22, 2013
The 50-year-old man found dead in a burned car near San Diego Creek in Irvine last week may have committed suicide, police said. The coroner is conducting toxicology tests on the man identified as Michael Richard Timme of Irvine and attempting to determine the cause of death. The process could take several weeks, said Lt. Julia Engen, spokeswoman for the Irvine Police Department. "We're investigating the possibility of a suicide," she said. She added that police don't suspect foul play.