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Steve Propes

Sunday, April 3

601 Long Beach Blvd. At 1:39 a.m., police went to Denny’s about a sexual assault of a minor, finding several citizens detaining the suspect, 33-year-old Jimmie Kirkwood. Kirkwood had been stabbed, but police are unsure how he sustained the injury. Booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, assault with the intention to commit rape and false imprisonment. Bail: $100,000.

Monday, April 4

900 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. At 4:32 a.m., a male was approached by several suspects, who shot in his direction causing non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the lower body.

4400 block of Tenth St. At 11:15, gunshot reports from a student calling her father, who in turn called police at Wilson High School stirred up a major response and student and teacher evacuation to a sports field across Ximeno Avenue. Police staged outside the building were soon instructed not to stage, go inside right away. Then came the mass relocation to the Recreation Park golf course and such. Authorities determined it was simply a case of a fireworks toss from the 300 building onto the plaza area. At noon, a whole lotta parental reunions took place. Fireworks tosser might soon face serious penalties.

Junipero Ave. and Ocean Blvd. When a father slapped a child at 11:50 a.m., the child fell down. Confronted by a witness, the slapper declared, “I don’t care.”

2700 block of Anaheim St. Holding a brick-sized piece of concrete, a young black hoodie male contemplated an upcoming toss at 3:45 p.m. A passing motorist heard a crash. Doubling back, he called 911 and saw windows of a smoke shop and a hardware store, among others, broken. Two merchants told of the man breaking glass since Saturday and knew him by sight. A merchant said he saw the police speak with the man at 7 p.m. and a citation was issued. In the following days, the tosser’s calmer on-the-street demeanor demonstrated the value of medication.

Tuesday, April 5

Martin Luther King Blvd. & 17th St. A male left his 2019 Dodge running, when at 3:20 p.m., a woman jumped in and drove off with the owner trying to get inside the now-occupied driver’s area, falling off, skinning parts of himself. She and his purloined ride headed toward Anaheim Street and parts unknown.

Thursday, April 7

1200 East Artesia Blvd. At 6:38 p.m. after learning that a man with a gunshot wound had been admitted to the hospital, the victim said he was in the area of when two men shot him in the lower body. When they fled on foot, the victim transported himself to the hospital. Police went to the area where the victim told them the shooting had occurred, but could not locate a crime scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Junipero Ave. and Ocean Blvd. At the Junipero beach parking lot, at 7:45 p.m., several witnesses described shots being fired, described the shooter and a description of the car holding the shooter. As traffic on Ocean was gridlocked to the extent police were shutting down the westbound flow, cars were stacked at the lot exit, going nowhere, including the one containing the shooter. Fish in a barrel? Not exactly, as there was no victim, police decided to let it dissipate like so much gun smoke.

Friday, April 8

Seventh St. and Locust Ave. It’s a hot day when a topless woman walked east on Seventh Street at 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 9

2400 block of Fashion Ave. At 11:58 p.m., a man suffered multiple gunshot wounds believed non-life-threatening to his upper and lower body with a handgun by a suspect who fled in a compact vehicle. Gang-related is a strong possibility.

Tuesday, April 12

Ocean Blvd near Alamitos Ave. At 5:22 p.m., a fire broke out at the Long Beach Towers Downtown resulting in the closure of the eastbound lanes of Ocean to Elm Ave. as large building blazes tend to do.

Wednesday, April 13

200 block of Covina Ave. At 10:21 a.m., the American Vintage Barbershop was open when a white sedan left a parking lot, crashed through the front, injuring three people. A woman trapped between the car and the wall was freed by witnesses. Three people inside the barbershop suffered minor injuries, refused medical treatment as did the driver.

Thursday, April 14

900 block of Locust Ave. When woman screamed for help at 9:22 p.m., police responded. Romain Duranjarrod Smith, 26, became agitated, put his hand on a police officer’s gun. Booked for battery on a peace officer, battery causing injury, obstructing or resisting arrest, attempting to take a firearm from a peace officer. Smith’s bail: $50,000.

Friday, April 15

1000 block of Via Wanda. At 9 p.m., when 15-year-old Joshua Simmons attempted to buy a cellphone through a mobile marketplace application from 24-year-old Jose Bustamante Cardenas, an altercation occurred, land Cardenas allegedly shot Simmons multiple times in the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Cardenas contacted police and admitted responsibility for the shooting. He was booked on suspicion of murder. Bail: $2 million.


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