Pacific Beach August Crime Report


Pedestrian hit on Garnet Avenue

On Saturday, July 13 at 11:07 p.m., a 23-year-old female pedestrian was on the north sidewalk at 1400 Garnet Ave. A 30-year-old male was driving his 2009 Land Rover eastbound at 1400 Garnet Ave. The pedestrian stepped off the sidewalk to walk southbound across 1400 Garnet Ave., and the driver was unable to avoid her and hit her.

She sustained a fractured femur and was transported to the hospital. No DUI was issued. Traffic Division is investigating.

Vandals target cars, businesses

Police are asking the community to be on alert following a series of BB gun vandalism incidents. It is believed the suspect(s) fired BB gun pellets and caused damaged to vehicle windows or store windows. The incidents occurred from June 24 to July 8 during the late evening and early morning hours.

Vandalism cases being investigated are: July 24, numerous vehicle windows in the Point Loma, OB and Mission Hills neighborhoods; July 1 and 2, three businesses in the Hillcrest neighborhood; July 2, two businesses in the Park West neighborhood; July 2 and 3, numerous vehicle windows in the Clairemont neighborhood; July 6, three businesses and one vehicle in the Midway area (a dark colored SUV is suspected in those cases); July 7, five businesses in the College area; July 8, one home in the Lake Murray neighborhood.

If you have suspect information or surveillance footage related to these crimes, call Sgt. William Pettus at (619) 692-4803 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Police investigate assaults at lounge

At 9:21 p.m. Sunday, July 7, a group of four males attempted to enter the Firehouse American Eatery & Lounge at 722 Grant Ave. through a side entrance. The bouncer outside told the group they could not enter from the side, and needed to use the main entrance.

One of the males in the group picked up a metal stanchion pole and struck the bouncer over the head with it. The victim suffered a skull fracture and brain bleed. He was in critical, but stable, condition at a local hospital.

The other three males began fighting with other security staff, resulting in one bouncer suffering a broken nose and the other two sustaining bumps and bruises.

The first main suspect was described as a black male in his 30s, 6 feet tall, weighing 250 pounds, with a muscular build. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. All four suspects fled the area.

Northern Division investigations is handling the incident, and a $1,000 reward is offered. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or get in touch with Watch Commander Sgt. J. Ruvido.

Body found in Crown Point

A body was discovered in a parked SUV on the 3700 block of Yosemite Street in Crown Point on Monday, July 8 and reported shortly after 1 p.m., according to San Diego police. There was no indication of any suspicious circumstances related to the fatality. The county Medical Examiner’s Office was called in to take custody of the body for identification and autopsy purposes.

Gas station robbers caught

At 4:07 p.m. Monday, July 29, a male and female walked into the Chevron gas station at 1575 Garnet Ave., selected some items and walked up to the counter where the female displayed a handgun. She demanded money from the register, and the pair took other items from display cases and left in a dark-colored vehicle.

At 8 a.m. Aug. 1, a security guard at Harrah’s Rincon Casino recognized the suspects inside the casino from a news story and call 9-1-1. They were identified as Michael Beasley, 35, and Shelley Petitt, 32, and transported to Vista Detention Center by the County Sheriff’s Department. They were booked into jail for two counts of robbery and 1 conspiracy.

DUI checkpoint nets 10 arrests

The San Diego Police Department Traffic Division conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday, July 12 at 2400 Grand Ave. The checkpoint resulted in eight DUI-alcohol suspects arrested in or near the checkpoint, one DUI-drug impaired suspect arrested, one individual arrested for being drunk in public, four citations issued and nine vehicles impounded.

Assault ends in homicide

At 1:10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, police received a radio call of an assault outside of the 7-Eleven at 4340 Mission Blvd. During the fight, the suspect stabbed the victim multiple times. Officers arrived a few minutes later and located the victim, a middle-aged white male, with trauma to his upper torso.

Officers performed life-saving measures on the victim until relieved by Fire Department Paramedics. The victim was transported to the hospital, but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

He was identified as 40-year-old Sean Paul Snellman.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’8” to 5’10” tall, wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, black shoes and a black hat. The suspect may also have gold braces or a gold mouth grill and rides a longboard-style skateboard.

A $1,000 reward is offered. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

—Compiled by Savanah Duffy from local reports