May 14 2016
'Bad guys going to jail' in Cal City
CALIFORNIA CITY - Police are starting to see a slight but noticeable decline in criminal activity in the city after an unusual recent spike, Police Chief Eric Hurtado reported to the City Council Tuesday.
"We are out there. We'll take an aggressive stance," he said.
In the past two weeks, the department answered 1,123 calls for service, Hurtado said. This is down somewhat from the 1,200 logged in the previous two-week period.
Of the most recent calls, 22 were felonies and resulted in nine arrests. Another 32 were misdemeanors, resulting in 28 arrests, he said.
Over the past two months, the department has investigated and made arrests in six robberies, eight cases of assault with a deadly weapon and in two attempted murder cases, he said.
The most recent arrest was made Wednesday, when Yolanda Pamela Pyatt, 36, of Rosamond was arrested in Lancaster on suspicion of kidnapping and attempted murder in connection with a May 5 stabbing at a California City home.
The department has increased its presence in the city in response to the recent uptick in incidents, with officers working overtime, six days per week each, to provide the equivalent coverage of a 24-officer department, Hurtado said.
"You can see from our statistics, bad guys are going to jail, they're getting caught, they're not getting away with it," he said.
Hurtado also provided an update on the suspects in an April 25 stabbing during an altercation at a house on Dogwood Avenue.
Police followed a blood trail to a house down the street where they arrested Joaquin Stevenson and Donia Porter, both 49, on charges of attempted murder.
Both plead guilty to the charges, with Stevenson sentenced to nine years and Porter to six years in state prison, Hurtado said.