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Suspicious Circumstance Response in Carlsbad

On July 8, at approximately 8:20 am, Carlsbad Police received several 911 calls in reference to a male yelling threats in the area of the 2700 block of La Golondrina St., in south Carlsbad.

The first units on scene identified the subject’s residence and overheard the subject threaten to shoot another person, while continuing to yell and shout profanities. While the police were on scene, he continually made reference to the use of a weapon, threatened to shoot the officers and refused to exit the premises.

SWAT was notified and responded to the scene, forming a perimeter on the residence. Officers attempted to negotiate the subject out of the house by the use of the telephone, but he refused.

At approximately 10am, the subject exited the rear of his residence and was taken into custody without incident. Officers cleared the residence and discovered that the subject had been in the home alone.

The 50 year-old subject was taken into custody for evaluation and several weapons were confiscated.

Armed Robbery in Carlsbad

On July 9th, shortly after 1am, Carlsbad Police responded to Carlsbad Blvd. and Grand Avenue in reference to an armed robbery.

The unknown suspect approached a male and female victim in the parking lot of the Koko Beach restaurant and produced a black handgun of some type and demanded what belongings the victims had. The victims produced their cell phones and car keys and the suspect took the male victim’s cell phone and the keys to a Honda vehicle. The suspect then fled on foot northbound on Carlsbad Blvd. Police checked the area with negative results.

The suspect was described as a black male wearing all black clothing and wearing a black ski mask.

Carlsbad Collision and DUI Arrest

At approximately 5:15am, on Friday, July 9th, Carlsbad Police received an incomplete “911” call from a male subject in the 2700 block of Vista Del Oro. Dispatchers could hear a female in the background stating "what are you doing" and the call disconnected. A few minutes later police received another 911 call from an adult female stating that her son was high on cocaine, crashed into the house and may have left in a black Range Rover. At the same time, police dispatchers began getting several additonal 911 calls about a rollover traffic collision at the intersection of Alga Road and Alicante involving a black Range Rover.

Upon arrival, police officers found that the driver, later identified as Thomas MacMillan, had been ejected from the vehicle and was lying unconcious near the vehicle. As officers checked MacMillan's well being, he got up and fled into traffic in the intersection. Officers were able to apprehend MacMillan after a short foot chase.

Officers responded to MacMillan's residence and were told that he had become paranoid from cocaine use. MacMillan fled his residence crashing through a closed gargage door. He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and transported to Scripps Encinitas for treatment of injuries received during the traffic collision.

Escondido Police Arrest Rape Suspect

On Friday, July 9 at about 8:25am, Escondido Police Dispatch received a call of a rape that just occurred near 415 North Ash Street. The victim is a 16 year-old female from Escondido. The victim stated that she was walking eastbound on the flood control bike path near North Beech Street and East Valley Parkway. She stated the suspect approached her from behind and brandished a firearm then forced her into the bushes where he raped her. The suspect fled westbound on the flood control bike path. The suspect is described as a white male in his 30’s wearing a black ski mask, dirty white T-shirt and blue pants with a shaved head and bad acne on his cheeks.
Subsequently, the suspect was arrested after a witness spotted him near Washington Park. Police tracked him down and arrested him at his home. During the investigation several items belonging to the victim was found in the possession of the suspect. The suspect has been booked into Juvenile Hall awaring further action.

Illegal Alien Arrested after 54 Minute Pursuit

On Thursday, July 8th, at about 9:30pm, Escondido Police observed a stolen vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of 600 West 15th. The driver failed to yield to officers and continued southbound on Felicita Ave to Via Rancho Parkway. Escondido officers pursued the vehicle to southbound I-15 and Carmel Mountain Road where CHP officers took over the pursuit, which continued into downtown San Diego before returning north to the area of Miramar Road. The driver re-entered southbound I-15 where CHP officers deployed spike strips. The driver continued onto southbound I-805. The vehicle spun out roughly fifty-four minutes later and all three occupants were taken into custody at the eastbound Hwy. 94 onramp. The driver was taken into custody with the help of a K-9 unit and is identified as Mario Alberto Macedo, 22 of Escondido. Two other passengers were arrested and are identified as Daniel Torres Espinoza, 19 of Escondido, and Ignacio Gaona, 22 of Escondido. Both Espinoza and Gaona were released without charges.

Additionally, officers recovered marijuana and two scales that were thrown from the vehicle in the area of Felicita Park in Escondido.

Macedo was booked into Vista detention facility for Auto Theft, Receiving Stolen Vehicle, Felony Evading. Possession of Marijuana (more than one ounce) and Possession of Marijuana for Sale. Macedo also has a hold placed on him by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Carlsbad Police Prevent Suicide

On July 9th at 2:49 PM, Carlsbad Police were dispatched to a report of a suicidal subject in the 7700 Block of Caminito Monarca. The subject had called both his mother and sister, making repeated statements that he was going to kill himself and he no longer had any reason to go on living. The subject further stated that if he saw any police officers, he would cut his own throat. The subject was found to have a history of narcotics usage, weapons possession and a prior suicide attempt.
Patrol officers and plainclothes detectives responded to the location and were able to lure the subject out of his residence. Once outside of the residence, officers attempted to contact the subject, who immediately placed a knife to his throat and attempted to retreat back into his residence.

Officers deployed several less lethal tools and were able to take the subject into custody with only very minor injuries. The subject was subsequently transported to Tri-City Hospital for evaluation.

Escondido Condominium Fire Claims One Victim

On Saturday, July 10, 2010, at about 4:45am, members of the Escondido Police Department and the Escondido Fire Department responded to a fire at 820 East Washington Avenue. Fire and Police personnel arrived on scene at and noticed smoke and fire coming from one of the condominiums at that location. Fire personnel reported a fully involved single structure and upgraded the response to a 2nd alarm fire. A total of 12 fire units responded as well as 30 fire personnel and 11 police officers.

Fire personnel contained the fire shortly after 5am. Fire officials located a body in one of the affected units.

At this time they have not identified the deceased or determined a cause of death.

There were only four condominiums units that were affected by the fire. Two of the units sustained heavy smoke damage and two units sustained severe fire damage.

At this time they do not have a damage estimate to the structures.

Escondido Police and Fire personnel are currently investigating this incident. If you have any information, you may contact the Escondido Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on their “Anonymous Tip Line” at (760) 743-TIPS (8477) or via the web site at

Carlsbad Police Arrest Suspect in Assault on a Police Officer Following High Speed Pursuit

On July 12th, at about 5:45am, Carlsbad Police were summoned to the location of Carlsbad Blvd and Ponto Drive in Carlsbad, CA. A Border Patrol unit had discovered a vehicle facing the wrong way in the center median of Carlsbad Blvd, facing southbound along the northbound edge of the median. The driver appeared to be passed out and possibly had been drinking.

A Carlsbad Police officer made contact with the female driver, later identified as Bonnie Bass. Bass awoke and rolled up and locked her vehicle doors and windows and did not comply with the officer’s commands. Bass started her vehicle, and as she drove away, turned her vehicle towards the officer, forcing him to move or be struck by the vehicle.

Carlsbad Police gave chase and pursued the vehicle for about 4 minutes. Speeds reached 80 mph as the vehicle travelled southbound along Carlsbad Blvd, and entered the city of Encinitas.

The vehicle stopped at Leucadia Blvd and N. Coast Highway in Leucadia, apparently having run out of gas. The driver continued to refuse to follow the officer’s commands to exit the vehicle, and one of the vehicles windows had to be broken to extract the driver.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested and transported to the hospital for treatment involving a complaint of injury based on the glass breakage of her vehicle. One of the officers was also treated for glass injuries sustained during the forced entry into the vehicle.

The 58 year-old suspect will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, felony evading, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Illegal Alien Home Invasion Suspect Arrested With Help From GPS Tracking Bracelet

On Thursday, July 8, at about 4:20pm, Escondido Police Department received a call from a juvenile stating that someone was breaking into her house. The juvenile relayed to dispatch that several neighbors had chased the suspect away and the suspect was no longer in the apartment. When officers arrived, the neighbors stated that the suspect was known to them and that he lives in a neighboring apartment but he fled down the street. Through further investigation, officers discovered that the burglary suspect was outfitted with a GPS ankle bracelet due to a pending ICE deportation hearing. An ICE Agent partnered with an Escondido Police Officer was able to give specific directions and turn by turn instructions that tracked the suspect. With the help of ICE agents assigned to the Escondido Police Department, the suspect was located and safely taken into custody on the burglary charges. Without this technology and the assistance of the ICE Agent, the suspect would not have been located.

Officers arrested Jimmy Alexander Magadiaga, 22, of Escondido. Magadiaga was booked into Vista Detention Facility for Residential Burglary, and an outstanding domestic violence warrant. An immigration hold was also placed on Magadiaga by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Escondido Police Department believes that there may be more residential burglary victims in Escondido where Magadiaga is the suspect. If you have any information, please contact the Escondido Police Department Dispatch Center at 760-839-4722 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 760-839-4973. You may also go to our Website at

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