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Investigators hunt for home-invasion robber

Police officials are searching for the suspect in an apparent home-invasion robbery in Mission Beach on Oct. 20.

According to the resident of the home in the 800 block of Lido Court, the suspect entered the residence through an unlocked door shortly after 8:30 p.m. and put something to the head of the resident that the victim believed was a gun. The suspect demanded the resident’s wallet and cell phone before fleeing.

The victim told police he chased after the suspect but lost sight of him. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, with a thin build and wearing a dark hoodie and shorts.

Son of SDPD captain pleads not guilty to various counts

The son of a San Diego police captain pleaded not guilty Oct. 10 to seven misdemeanor counts involving sexual battery, assault and vandalism in connection with a drunken incident in Pacific Beach.

Alex Guaderrama, 23, is accused of groping two women outside a taco shop around 1 a.m. on Aug. 21 in the

1100 block of Garnet Avenue. He’s accused of hitting a third woman and smashing a car window, which injured his hand.

Officers took Guaderrama to a hospital for treatment of the hand wound and released him. The department has taken heat for not arresting Guaderrama after his hospital release. Some critics allege preferential treatment because his father is SDPD Capt. Manny Guaderrama.

A police spokesperson, however, said the treatment was not unusual considering Guaderrama needed hospital care and his mother was called as a result of that. There are no felony charges pending.

A San Diego Superior Court judge ordered Guaderrama to wear a device on his ankle that monitors alcohol use. Guaderrama was ordered to abstain from alcohol and released on his own recognizance.

The City Attorney’s Office filed the misdemeanor charges against him. If convicted, the younger Guaderrama could face a term of one year in jail. A hearing has been set for Jan. 8.

— Neal Putnam

VisionWalk blindness fundraiser set at De Anza

The Foundation Fighting Blindness will host its fifth annual San Diego VisionWalk on Sunday, Nov. 11 to help fund cutting-edge research for the more than 10 million Americans affected with blinding retinal degenerative diseases.

The family-friendly walk-a-thon is set to take place Sunday, Nov. 11 at Mission Bay Park, and organizers hope to raise $95,000 for research that will lead to preventions, treatments and cures.

Lex Gillette, an American track-and-field athlete who competed in the Paralympian long jump event at the 2012 London Olympics, is expected to cut the ribbon to start the event. He returned from London with his third consecutive silver medal in the event. But he is also a prime example of the need for blindness treatments and a cure.

Retina detachments in both eyes have left Gillette with the challenge of living life without sight.

“I am honored to be a part of such an amazing event that gives hope to people who are slowly losing their vision that a cure is in sight,” said Gillette. “If I can be an inspiration to anyone with low to no vision, then I am doing my job.” 

Hundreds of walkers are expected at the free event, which also includes children’s activities, a bounce house, refreshments and entertainment.  Dogs and strollers are welcome on the 3.1-mile course.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at 3000 N. Mission Bay Drive, with the walk at 10.

To participate or support the VisionWalk, visit www.FightBlindness.org/SanDiegoVisionWalk.   
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