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CRIME REPORTS: Transient Woman Rampages

These are selected reports from the San Clemente Police Services dispatch log throughout the past few days.

At 10:11 p.m. Monday, deputies were called to help keep the peace in the first block of Avenida Cornelio. The informant requested assistance from police because her boyfriend was threatening to throw all of her belongings out of their residence while she was at work.

At 9:37 p.m. Monday, a caller reported a suspicious circumstance in the 100 block of Canada. The report stated that a group of minors were seen smoking and drinking alcohol on the side parking lot of Rite Aid. There was no report of an arrest. 

At 5:12 p.m. Monday, a caller reported a disturbance in the 200 block of Camino De Los Mares. The report stated that a local transient woman had wandered into the Hairwaves Beauty Salon and started to yell at the customers. The informant suspected the woman was extremely intoxicated. 

At 8:34 p.m. Sunday, deputies were called to conduct a follow up report in the 200 block of Avenida Monterey. The informant wished to speak with a deputy regarding a subject who threw a bottle at their vehicle. 

At 7:48 p.m. Sunday, a caller reported a disturbance in the 200 block of Avenida Del Mar. The informant reported that several minors were seen attempting a woman over who was in an electric wheel chair. The minors had skateboards and were seen near the Public Library. 

At 7:36 p.m. Sunday, a caller reported a disturbance in the 100 block of El Camino Real. The report stated that a local transient woman was seen urinating in front of La Rocco’s Pizza. 

At 2:25 p.m. Sunday, a caller reported a disturbance near the El Camino Real and Avenida Palizada intersection. The report stated that a local transient woman was detained at 7-Eleven for hitting vehicles and pushing a woman against a wall in the DeNaults Hardware parking lot. 

At 10:09 p.m. Saturday, a caller reported a suspicious circumstance in the 100 block of Avenida Junipero. The report stated that a group of at least 50 minors were seen walking down the street and knocking stuff over in citizen’s yards. 

At 7:39 p.m. Saturday, a caller reported a traffic accident with unknown injuries in the 800 block of El Camino Real. The report stated that a motorcyclist was seen attempting to help another rider who had crashed in the street. Firefighters were responding even though both riders reported there were no injuries. 

At 7:20 p.m. Saturday, a caller reported a disturbance in the 400 block of El Camino Real. The report stated that a local transient woman was seen urinating and defecating next to a local business. The informant did not want the woman near the building. 

Douglas Martin November 28, 2012 at 06:16 PM
The "local transient woman" is named Claudie. She generates at least three OCSD calls for service per day. She calls 911 from payphones daily. Her behavior runs from simply talking to herself, to defecating in the street, to disrupting local businesses, to actively assualting people. It is a travesty that this woman is allowed to live like this. She does not choose to act this way. Our society has abandoned her simply because she has a "mental" illness when in reality, what she has is a physiological illness that manefests itself in behaviour. Her illness IS treatable with medication. If we saw someone on the street who needed a medication such as insulin, we would not hesitate to provide that person with assistance. Yet, we look the other way when we see Claudie. Claudie is not "a danger to self, a danger to others, or gravely disabled" which means she cannot be forced into treatment. But there must be something that we, as a society, can do to help this person.
Adam Townsend November 28, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I tend to agree with you Douglas. We've all had our run-ins with Claudie. I've been hesitant to print her name in this and other blotters because of her clear mental illness, but I suppose everyone knows who we're talking about. Here's some more interesting information on the subject from a Patt Morrison show on NPR last year: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2011/05/31/19305/the-rights-of-the-mentally-ill-whos-to-say-you-nee/
Douglas Martin November 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
In the The Orange County Sheriff's Department's online Blotter, the dispatcher often refers to Claudie by name. i.e.; "Claudie is inside CVS yelling at customers", or "Claudie calling 911 screaming into phone at the 7-11 on Palizada". At least twice per day, often four or five times per day. Interestingly, nothing today on the Blotter.
B. Miller December 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
About a year ago I phoned 9-1-1 because she was in the middle of a busy street shouting at cars. The dispatcher asked me if it was Claudie. She is, unfortunately, "stuck" in her own personal hell and our laws make reasonable assistance impossible.

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