uSANTA ANA (AP) — California police say a teenage victim of sexual assault was lured through a dating app.
KABC-TV reports that Santa Ana police arrested 59-year-old Michael Komoto April 18 on a charge of engaging in sex acts with a minor.
Police say Komoto told a 15-year-old boy he was 39 years old during communication on the Grindr app and promised a shopping spree in exchange for “making out.”
Police say Komoto picked up the boy April 14 and sexually assaulted him at a storefront that doubles as Komoto’s business and home in the city about 33 miles (53 kilometers) south of Los Angeles.
Authorities say the pair then went to a shopping center, where the boy became scared and called a friend to pick him up before going to police.
uMADERA HIGH WINS INTERNATIONAL ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT: MADERA (AP) — A central California high school has been crowned world champions at an international robotics competition in Texas.
The Fresno Bee reports that Madera High School’s 15-member “Madtown Robotics” team won the FIRST Robotics Championship in Houston Saturday.
The four-day “space-themed” competition for students in K-12 age groups included 400 teams in various divisions.
The FIRST championship website says that with an additional tournament scheduled for Detroit April 24-27, the combined events are expected to include 70,000 participants with 1,300 robots from around the globe.
Madera High School placed fourth in last year’s tournament and was undefeated through two regional competitions this year.
The school says in a statement that the weekend victory was “the culmination of many years of dedication, hard work and perseverance” by its students.
uOFFICERS, GUNMAN WOUNDED IN SHOOTOUT DURING ELK GROVE CHASE: ELK GROVE. (AP) — Authorities say two police officers and a gunman were wounded in a shootout during a foot chase in Northern California.
Officials say shots were fired after officers responded to reports of a possibly armed man breaking into a trailer late Saturday in the city of Elk Grove, near Sacramento.
Police said Sunday that both officers have been released from a hospital following treatment for gunshot wounds to their legs.
u1 DEAD IN MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH AT CALIFORNIA OFF-ROAD AREA: SAN LUIS OBISPO (AP) — Authorities say a woman was killed in a five-vehicle crash at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area on California’s central coast.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports the crash happened Friday as a group of off-road vehicles were following each other at speeds up to 60 mph (97 kph).
The woman was a passenger in the lead vehicle, which tumbled end-over-end after flying off a dune and losing control. She later died at a hospital.
uOFFICER, GUNMAN WOUNDED IN SHOOTING AFTER LA TRAFFIC STOP: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Los Angeles police officer is in stable condition after being shot during an exchange of gunfire following a traffic stop.
Officer Norma Eisenman says the driver was also shot as he ran from the car late Saturday in South Los Angeles. Officials say a gun was recovered.
uBODY OF MISSING SWIMMER FOUND NEAR SAN FRANCISCO BEACH: PACIFICA, AP) — Authorities said the body of a swimmer who went missing off Pacifica last month has been found about nine miles away near a San Francisco beach.
Police in Pacifica said the body recovered near Fort Funston on Friday was identified as Tyler Collins, a 28-year-old man from Merced County.
Police said Collins was staying at a hotel near Rockaway Beach with friends when he and another friend decided to go on an early morning swim on March 26. They were about 50 feet from shore when it became clear that Collins was missing. The area is known for riptides and rough currents.
After the Coast Guard suspended its search, Collins’ mother told the Merced Sun-Star the family kept looking for him by hiring a private helicopter and boat.
uVIDEO CAUGHT WOMAN DUMPING 7 PUPPIES BEHIND CALIFORNIA STORE: COACHELLA (AP) — Authorities are trying to identify a woman captured by security cameras tossing seven newborn puppies into a dumpster in Southern California.
The Riverside County Department of Animal Services released surveillance video of the woman pulling up to a dumpster behind an auto parts store in Coachella Thursday afternoon. The video shows her stepping out of a white Jeep, peering into a dumpster used for recyclables before dropping a plastic bag into the trash dumpster and driving away.
A man who rummaged through the trash shortly afterward spotted the bag and took it to the store. Authorities said the puppies, believed to be 3-day-old terrier mixes, may not have survived the 90-degree heat had they not been found within an hour of being dumped.
MAN RESCUED FROM OCEAN AFTER FALLING FROM CALIFORNIA CLIFF: SANTA CRUZ (AP) — Authorities say a state park official and a bystander pulled a man from the ocean after he fell about 30 feet (9 meters) from a cliff in Northern California.
KSBW-TV reports Santa Cruz Fire Department rescuers were called to the rugged coastline near Natural Bridges State Park on Friday evening, finding bystanders treating the man.
The department says the man suffered major injuries. Fire department crews and other agencies used an aerial ladder and ropes to hoist the man up the cliff.