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Sex offender attempts to steal car, man 'severely' beats child over bad grades and stabbing victim ends up burglary suspect.

by FullertonPoliceNews

Sex offender attempts to steal car, man 'severely' beats child over bad grades and stabbing victim ends up burglary suspect.
 
It was another action-packed start to the weekend in Fullerton with police officers making arrests in a few notable and unusual cases.

The action began to unfold Friday morning, when a registered sex offender allegedly tried to steal a car outside of a donut shop.

The owner of the car had left the car running in the 900 Block of S. Harbor about 6:15 a.m. When police arrived, the registered offender, Donald Lofton, who is also homeless, was inside the car. He was arrested.

"This is another example of why you never want to leave your car unattended with the keys inside or the engine running," said Sgt. Jeff Stuart.

A few hours later, police received what turned out to be a tragic domestic violence call involving a 13-year-old elementary school student.

The boy was "severely beaten" by his father because of his bad grades, police said.

The boy's mother wasn't home at the time. Officials at the boy’s school called a social worker who then called police.

The father was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse.


About 9 p.m., police showed an assault victim a photo line-up at the victim’s hotel room in the 2600 block of W. Orangethorpe Avenue.

While inside, the detective noticed construction tools strewn about.

Turned out the victim was a known gang member who was recently stabbed by members of a rival gang.

The detective was aware that on Thursday, there were a series of burglaries in the area. The detective and a trainee noticed some property inside the room that had been reported stolen.

“Two truck loads of additional property, believed to be stolen, were taken from the motel room and brought to FPD for further investigation,” said Stuart.

The gang member hasn’t been arrested, but is considered a suspect in the burglaries, police said.

Finally, on Friday night, there were eight people arrested in the Downtown area for drunken driving.

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