Beggars, Transients and Hitchhikers Get Cantankerous

SHERIFF'S BLOTTER: Was it the holidays that got everyone so testy?

San Clemente crime blotter. Patch file photo.
San Clemente crime blotter. Patch file photo.

At 12:35 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 17, someone reported a stubborn hitchhiker in the road at the Avenida Pico-Calle Del Cerro intersection. The caller said he had to swerve around the man to avoid hitting him. The would-be hitchhiker only stared at the driver and refused to get out of the roadway.


At 8:12 p.m. Monday Dec. 16, deputies were asked to assist a man down, lying on the sidewalk near the intersection of N. La Esperanza and El Levante. Firefighters were called to help the disoriented man.

 At 11:58 p.m. Monday Dec. 16, a caller reported a disturbance in the 900 block of Avenida Pico. The caller said a transient asked him for a ride, and when he refused, the transient started to get aggressively verbal with him.

At 8:07 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 17, deputies received a report that a man in his 50s was asking customers at a center near Avenida Pico and Avenida La Pata for food. When they declined, he began to argue with them.

These are selected reports from the San Clemente Police Dispatch Services log throughout the past few days. The calls represent what was told to a sheriff's deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. No presumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the information provided.

Disgusted in SJC January 29, 2014 at 01:34 AM
It is so sad to see all the homeless around town. One of them is my ex-husband the father of my children. And was probably at one time in your house, as he was the top most requested plumber for a large local plumbing shop. Unfortunately he has a mental illness. It breaks my heart. Unfortunately most of these people can't think for themselves because of a mental illness. I read the police blotter daily to see if he has been arrested. He hears voices and that usually leads to him arguing with whoever is around. The saddest part is one little pill a day a very expensive pill, one he can't afford is all that is needed to turn him into a productive member of society. What is wrong with our society to deprive these people medical care? And a lot of us laugh at the police section of the patch, until you suddenly one day have so much hurt and sadness in your heart. Maybe if people took the time to be kinder to everyone and realize these people for the most part are NOT lazy people just down on their luck show some compassion give them some self esteem by acknowledging that they are regular people. Just think four years ago, we were a happy family, making close to a six figure income, doing regular family stuff you could say the "smiths" next door, I was a stay at home mom he was a local plumber. I am now a struggling single mom, barely making ends meet. Just think the next time you turn your nose up or make a snide comment to a homeless person, it could be you in a matter of a few years.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 29, 2014 at 01:37 AM
I'm sorry for your trouble. "60 Minutes" did a big piece on mental illness this past Sunday. So tragic.
GreenInOC January 29, 2014 at 12:52 PM
@unkonwn1993, I'm so sorry.
Natalie January 30, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Dear unknown1993 I would like to offer my help and perhaps pay for this pill. Perhaps we can also try and get your ex enrolled in Obamacare as he would qualify I presume. Please email me if you have an idea how I can help. My email is exdurban@yahoo.com.
Disgusted in SJC January 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Natalie, I appriciate your willingness to help, more than anyone will ever know. I tried to help him in July. Unfortunately the homeless girl he was hanging around with has convinced him that I am trying to drug him and use him to get money. She is afraid of being alone, so she panicked. I will email you :) I am doing all of this first and formost for my kids sake, with the internet so prevalent these days I never want them to google his name and see the word transient, homeless, vagrant, etc....I know how that makes me feel, I can not begin to imagine what it would feel like if it was my dad.


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