Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, 2021. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.
• Deputies responded to the Zip Line regarding a business disturbance. The caller stated a customer showed up late for his tour and was arguing with employees. The caller also stated the customer appeared drunk and was refusing to leave the premises. The deputies arrived and the disturbing person left the location without incident.
• Deputies responded to the 200 block of Crescent Avenue regarding a drunk male causing a disturbance. Deputies contacted the disturbing party and smelled the strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
As they spoke to him they noticed his speech was slow, slurred and he had difficulty standing on his own. The deputies detained the suspect and conducted a drunk in public investigation.
Jairo Vargas, 46, of Newark, California, was eventually arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and was booked at Avalon Sheriff’s Station.
• Deputies received a call for service on the 400 block of Crescent Avenue regarding a drunk male. Upon arrival the deputies observed a male adult lying on the beach and asked if he was having a medical problem. The male stood up and appeared to be disheveled, had the strong odor of alcohol on his breath and couldn’t stand up straight without losing his balance. The deputies conducted an investigation and Patrick Traylor, 40, of Burbank, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public. He was transported and booked at Avalon Sheriff’s Station.
• While on patrol, deputies were contacted by a Chi Club employee regarding an intoxicated male causing a disturbance. Deputies observed a male adult yelling at security and made contact with him.
During contact with the suspect, deputies noticed symptoms of alcohol intoxication.
The suspect could not stand up without losing his balance, smelled of alcohol and had no one to care for him. Hector Escovedo, 30, Riverside, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public and was booked at Avalon Sheriff’s Station.
• Deputies observed a male adult staggering eastbound on Crescent Avenue. When contacted, the suspect nearly fell onto the deputies. The suspect had the strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath and had slurred speech. Deputies attempted to find a relative or friend to take care of him, but were unable to locate anyone. The suspect was detained and deputies conducted an investigation. Steven Nice, 28, of Santa Monica, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public.
• Deputies received a request to the check the welfare of an elderly female on the 300 block of Sumner Avenue. The caller stated the female was a stroke victim and they were concerned with her wellbeing. The deputies made contact with the female and determined she was doing fine.
• Deputies responded to the 500 block of Crescent Avenue regarding a family disturbance call. The caller stated two cousins were arguing at the location. The deputies contacted the cousins and determined no crime had occurred. Both parties left the location without causing any further disturbance.
• Deputies received a call of a suspicious person sleeping on the sidewalk at Beacon Street and Metropole Avenue. The deputies contacted the sleepy adult and advised him he could not camp out or stay overnight on city sidewalks.
• Deputies received a loud music disturbance call on the 100 block of Sumner Avenue. The complaining party stated the music was too loud. Deputies contacted a male adult at the location who complied and lowered the volume of the music.
• Deputies responded to a burglary alarm call on the 40 block of Upper Terrace Road. The deputies checked the location and observed no evidence of a crime at the residence.
• Deputies received a disturbance call at Metropole Avenue and Beacon Street. The caller stated his uncle was drunk and causing a disturbance. The disturbing party left the location prior to the deputies’ arrival. The surrounding areas were checked and the disturbing party was not located.