Ryan McDonald

Hermosa Beach Police Beat

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Hit-and-run suspect tailed

A motorist was arrested late last month after allegedly hitting another driver then attempting to flee the scene. The suspect, 23-year-old Kevin Castellon, struck another car at the intersection of 10th Street and Hermosa Avenue in the early morning hours of Nov. 22, said Sgt. Robert Higgins of the Hermosa Beach Police Department. The victim suffered what Higgins described as “very minor injuries” in the collision, and followed Castellon, who fled the scene heading north on Hermosa Avenue. The victim was able to flag down a nearby officer, who arrested Castellon near the intersection of Pier and Hermosa avenues. Castellon was booked at the Hermosa Beach City Jail, and released the evening of Nov. 22 on a $100,000 bond.

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A man was arrested on suspicion of burgling a Pier Plaza ice cream parlor last month, though the thief allegedly passed over the treats in favor of other items. On Nov. 18, a suspect entered a back room of the Baked Bear ice cream shop not open to the public, said Sgt. Robert Higgins of the Hermosa Beach Police Department. The suspect, 39-year-old Kevin Campbell, took “personal items” and walked out the business’ front door. Campbell was arrested on Pier Plaza shortly after 6 p.m., Higgins said. Records from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department indicate that Campbell is also facing charges in at least one other case from a different jurisdiction, and is being held at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles in lieu of $110,000 bail.

Woman tries to enter church

A woman was arrested after attempting to force her way into the Wave Church near Pacific Coast Highway last week, police said. The woman, identified as 53-year-old Debra Johnson, attempted to force her way into the church at 730 11th Street on Nov. 24, said Sgt. Robert Higgins of the Hermosa Beach Police Department, and police arrested her shortly after 11 a.m. Johnson was booked into the Hermosa Beach City Jail, cited and released.

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