VALLEY CENTER (CNS) - Three people were in custody Friday following an armed carjacking in Valley Center that led detectives to heroin and methamphetamine dealers, authorities said.
Deputies were called to Harrah's Rincon Casino around 5:15 p.m. Thursday to investigate the carjacking, said San Diego sheriff's Sgt. Dan Lopez. Once there, deputies learned a man had loaned his car to a friend so that friend could give a ride to a third man, later identified as Cesar Morales Reynoso of Escondido, Lopez said.
The friend drove Reynoso to a secluded area on the Rincon Indian Reservation, where Reynoso allegedly pulled out a gun and told the driver to get out and that the car would be returned to its owner once the owner paid money he owed Reynoso.
Reynoso, 22, was staying at Harrah's hotel, along with his girlfriend, Krystana James-Nicodemus of Poway, and an acquaintance, Cristian Alvarez of Escondido, Lopez said.
Detectives went to the hotel and arrested Alvarez, 19, on possession of drugs for sale after allegedly finding him in a hotel room with more than six grams of heroin and a loaded handgun.
James-Nicodemus, 24, was arrested on suspicion of drug paraphernalia, possession of syringes and for a felony warrant after detectives found more than 5.5 grams of heroin in her hotel room, Lopez said.
Reynoso was arrested as he was walking out of the casino. Lopez said detectives found Reynoso in possession of a bag containing more than 40 grams of meth. A gun also was recovered from a vehicle associated with Reynoso, according to Lopez, who said the vehicle had been reported stolen from the Escondido area in 2011.
Reynoso was booked into the Vista jail on suspicion of carjacking, possession of stolen property and possession of drugs for sale.
The car that was carjacked - a gray three-door 2002 Ford Focus ZX3 - was not recovered, Lopez said.
Several dogs were taken into the custody of San Diego County and put down, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Temperatures are expected to rise slightly on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, but will remain cooler than normal.
John Coleman, a long-serving San Diego weatherman and founder of The Weather Channel, has died at the age of 83.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.