Posts in Category: Police Department

Arrest of Prolific Graffiti Tagger Closes Sixty-Seven Cases

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                


CONTACT:                                             Lieutenant Neal Griffin, 760-839-4700

 

On July 2, 2015, the Escondido Police Department arrested Victor Banderas, 23, of Escondido, closing sixty-seven different cases of graffiti tagging.  Over a five month period, Banderas vandalized both private and public properties throughout the city, from Mountain View Park on the east, to as far west as Palomar Medical Center on Citracado Parkway. The property damage caused by Banderas is estimated at over $20,000.00.  Banderas is facing dozens of charges for vandalism, many that will qualify as felonies.  Banderas is currently being held in Vista Detention Facility on a probation violation.

Victor Banderas

 

            To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.

San Diego Man Arrested by EPD for Child Pornography Charges

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Contact: Lieutenant Neal Griffin, 760-839-4700

 

 

            The observations of an alert shopper in Escondido have led to the arrest of San Diego resident, Abdullah Sediqi, 64, for multiple counts of possession of child pornography, lewd and lascivious acts with minors, and disorderly conduct by taking “up-skirt” photographs with a cell phone.

            On Saturday afternoon, June 13th, a woman shopping inside the Valley Thrift Store, located at 2085 East Valley Parkway, observed what she thought to be suspicious behavior by another patron. The woman noticed a man, later identified as Abdullah Sediqi, crouched down closely behind her with a cellphone in his hand. The woman moved away, but she continued to observe Sediqi as he approached another female customer. Sediqi crouched down low and appeared to use his cell phone to take a close up photograph of the unsuspecting woman. The alert witness continued to keep Sediqi under observation while at the same time she notified the police. Escondido Police Officers arrived on scene and detained Sediqi.  During the preliminary investigation, it was confirmed that Sediqi had been using his cell phone to take several images under the clothing of unsuspecting women, two of whom were juveniles.  The photos were taken from at least two different locations, a disorderly conduct violation commonly referred to as “up skirting.” Sediqi was immediately taken into custody. Sediqi was booked into Vista Detention Facility for (2) counts of annoying and molesting a child, a violation of penal code section 647.6(a); and, (4) counts of disorderly conduct, a violation of penal code section 647(j) (2).

            In California the law specifically prohibits the use of any type of video or camera equipment to secretly photograph under or through the clothing of another person without their consent.  The most common victims of this crime are women and young girls in public places such as department stores, grocery stores, parks or any other public place. The victims are often chosen by the perpetrator because the victim appears distracted or unaware of their immediate surroundings. In this case, the alert response of the victim/witness not only led to Sediqi’s arrest for up skirting, but also to the discovery of much more serious offenses involving indecent acts with a child and child pornography.

            As a part of the follow up investigation, Sediqi’s cell phone was forensically analyzed by Escondido Police Detective Damian Jackson, the EPD representative of the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The phone was found to contain over six thousand images, most of which were innocuous photographs, but a detailed examination of the phone resulted in the discovery of many photographs that contained pornographic images of children. Some of the photos were of children who appeared to be as young as 3-5 years of age. By the time this discovery was made, Sediqi had been released from custody, after posting bail for his original charges.  A probable cause pick up authorizing the arrest of Sediqi on new charges was immediately issued and Escondido Police requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals San Diego Fugitive Task Force, who located and arrested Sediqi in less than twenty-four hours. Sediqi was returned to Vista Detention Facility.

            On June 15th, Escondido Police Detectives served a search warrant on the residence of Sediqi, located at 17472 Matinal Road, San Diego. In addition to being the private home and residence of Abdullah Sediqi, the residence is also the location of the Kid’s Castle Day Care, also known as the Sediqi Family Child Care, which is owned and operated by Sediqi’s ex-wife, Katrien Sediqi. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of all records of current clients of the day care center. Also seized were additional phones, computers and external hard drives; and, 13.88 grams of cocaine, possessed by Roin Mohammad Sediqi, 26, of San Diego, who is the adult son of the suspect.

            Roin Sediqi was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale. Roin Sediqi was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

            The investigation has disclosed that many of the pornographic images found on Abdullah Sediqi’s phone are of children who were clients at the day care center operated from his home. The Escondido Police Department has contacted the parents of every child who is a current client of the Kid’s Castle Day Care and notified them of the arrest of Abdullah Sediqi.  A notification has also been made to the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services, which is responsible for the issuance and revocation of state licenses to day care facilities.

            Sediqi will be arraigned in Vista Court, on Friday, June 19th, at 1:30 PM.  In addition to the previously mentioned original charges, Sediqi is now being held in Vista Detention Facility without bail for the following offenses:

 

Sexual Penetration of a Child Under 10, a violation of 288.7 P.C.

Lewd Acts with a Child Under 14, a violation of 288(a) P.C.  /  6 Counts Possession of Child Pornography, a violation of 311.11 P.C. / 24 Counts

          

            This investigation is continuing.  Anyone who is a current or former client of the Kid’s Castle Day Care, who is concerned about the possibility that their child may have been victimized by Sediqi, should contact Detective Michelle Mayfield of the Escondido Police Department 760-839-4926.

ABDULLAH SEDIQI

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Arson Arrests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  Lt. N. GriffinDATE:  05/15/2014                                                               PHONE: (760) 839-4444

The Escondido Police Department is reporting the arrest of two persons who are believed to be responsible for starting at least two fires in the area of South Escondido.

At about 6:30 PM, a citizen reported seeing two persons who set a small brush fire in the area of South Escondido Blvd.  The citizen was able to put out the small fire and contacted law enforcement.  At about 7:25 PM, a citizen who was in the area of Westfield Mall, contacted Escondido Police and report he was chasing two persons who he had witnessed attempting to start a fire in the area of Kit Carson Park.  The description of the suspects in both cases were similar.

Escondido Police Officers contact two persons matching the description not far from Westfield Mall.  After questioning, both subjects were taken into custody for Arson related charges.  One of the suspects arrested is a seventeen year old juvenile who resides in Escondido.  The other suspect is identified as Isaiah Silva, 19 years old, of Escondido.

          Investigation is continuing.  

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Escondido Police Offers Sex Offender Notification System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lt. Craig Carter, (760) 839-4487

Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher is pleased to announce a vital new program that will allow Escondido residents to track Escondido’s registered sex offender population.  The program, OffenderWatch, is the Nation’s leading registered sex offender management and community notification tool and can now be reached through the Police Department’s website at: www.http://police.escondido.org .  

Utilizing OffenderWatch, information regarding the latest status and whereabouts of Escondido’s Registered Sex Offenders can now be forwarded to subscribers via the OffenderWatch email notification system. Through these email alerts, OffenderWatch provides Escondido residents with accurate and timely information by updating changes made to an offender’s status.

Chief Maher encourages Escondido residents to take advantage of the OffenderWatch email alert system. By doing so, residents may confidentially register multiple addresses within the city limits of Escondido, that can include schools, playgrounds, churches, nursing homes, daycare facilities, workplaces and personal gymnasiums to name just a few.   Residents utilizing the system will then receive email alerts indicating a registered sex offender has moved to within two miles of any address they have registered with the OffenderWatch system.

All user information (names, email and physical addresses) for this service will remain confidential.  Residents wishing to learn more about OffenderWatch and other vital services offered by the Escondido Police Department may visit our website: www.http://police.escondido.org.

Volunteers Needed for City of Escondido 9/11 10th Anniversary Event

Volunteers are needed to participate in a reading of the names of the 9/11 victims which will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park.  Those interested can contact Michelle Geller at mgeller@escondido.org or call (760) 839-4587 or RSVP via the City of Escondido’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CityofEscondido#!/event.php?eid=264068276951601

The City of Escondido has partnered with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido to organize this free, open to the public event in observance of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  The reading of the names will be followed by a free performance of the Navy Band Southwest in the Center Concert Hall.  Free concert tickets are available on a first come, first served basis by calling the Center for the Arts box office at (800) 988-4253. 

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