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Marines Arrested in Weekend Window Shooting Spree Along Coast Highway

Glass was shot out of cars and businesses along a stretch of road from San Clemente to Newport Beach, with 25 incidents in Laguna Beach alone. No one was injured in the late-night rampage.

Two Camp Pendleton-based Marines have been booked on suspicion of shooting out the windows of many stores and cars from San Clemente to Newport Beach this weekend, an Orange County sheriff's spokesman said Tuesday.

Joseph Ikaika Nahale of Fremont and Jesse Jordan Ivie of Gresham, Ore., both 20 years old, were arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism and shooting into an occupied vehicle, said Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

A 25-year-old woman who works at the Gelson's grocery store in the Monarch Bay Plaza shopping center at Coast Highway and Crown Valley Parkway in Dana Point was resting in the back seat of her car just before midnight Saturday when the rear and passenger side windows were shot out, Amormino said.

The woman saw a red Ford Explorer speed away from the scene, he added. The woman was unhurt, but the damage was estimated at $1,000, Amormino said.

Laguna Beach police were called about 25 window-shattering incidents from Saturday night through early Sunday—eight storefronts and 17 vehicles were damaged, Laguna Beach police Capt. Jason Kravetz said.

"They got us all over town Saturday night from about 11 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.," Kravetz said.

Laguna Beach police were first alerted to the shootings when they responded to a burglar alarm about 12:15 a.m. Sunday at 790 S. Coast Highway, Kravetz said.

Police noticed a business across the street had a shattered window. Laguna Beach police notified sheriff's deputies, who pulled over the two suspects in a Ford Explorer just before 1 a.m. Sunday on Coast Highway near the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dana Point, Kravetz said.

Deputies found two pellet guns in the vehicle, according to Kravetz and Amormino.

Three vehicles in San Clemente, two in Dana Point and one in Newport Beach were also damaged Saturday night through early Sunday, Amormino said.

Nahal and Ivie are active duty Marines. Amormino did not know their ranks. The two were booked in the Orange County jail and later released to the Marines at Camp Pendleton, Amormino said.

Police intend to seek charges with the Orange County district attorney's office, Amormino said.

Here is a list of businesses and cars that were damaged in Laguna Beach:

  • 12-04014: 2094 South Coast Highway (Browne’s Flowers)
  • 12-04016: 790 South Coast Highway (Merrilee’s Swimwear)
  • 12-04017: 802 South Coast Highway (Cottage Furnishings)
  • 12-04015: 1088 South Coast Highway (Laguna Surf and Sport)
  • 12-04018: 1220 North Coast Highway  (Unknown Business)
  • 12-04019: 2nd Avenue at PCH (Car window)
  • 12-04020: 326 North Coast Highway (Joanne Artman Gallery)
  • 12-04021: 680 North Coast Highway (Unknown Business)
  • 12-04022: 3rd Avenue at Santa Rosa Drive (Car window)
  • 12-04023: South Coast Highway at Oak Street (Car Window)
  • 12-04024: South Coast Highway at Ruby Street (Car window)
  • 12-04026: 30922 PCH (Albertson’s Shopping Center)- (Car Window)
  • 12-04027: 31720 Virginia Way- (Car Window)
  • 12-04028: 763 South Coast Highway-(Car Window)
  • 12-04029: 860 Glenneyre Street- (Car Window)
  • 12-04030: 31625 3rd Avenue- (Car Window)
  • 12-04031: 31641 3rd Avenue- (Car Window)
  • 12-04032: 812 South Coast Highway- (Car Window)
  • 12-04035: 31672 Pacific Coast Highway- (Car Window)
  • 12-04036: 31660 Pacific Coast Highway- (Car Window)
  • 12-04037: 425 Nyes Place- (Car Window)
  • 12-04044: 2345 South Coast Highway- (Car Window)
  • 12-04048: 31702 Fairview Road- (Car Window)
  • 12-04051: 233 Nyes Place- (Car Window)
  • 12-04054: 31582 Pacific Coast Highway (Coldwell Banker Real Estate)

—City News Service contributed to this report

Gina October 24, 2012 at 04:19 PM
You left out 30822 S. coast Hwy, Animal Crackers Pet Rescue Vehicle had both front and rear windows shot out.
Rich Kane October 24, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Thanks Gina -- the list came from the LBPD ...
jeanne acosta December 01, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I think its amazing that i was the woman in te vehicle and the orange county police did help me with repairs in which im very greatful for, but the pure fact its now the beginning on decemeber and I have not heard one thing from the courts police or the marine base. These 2 marines did more damage than just autobody damage they set a fear in me ... and when I found out they were marines...haaa ... YOU DONT DO THAT you took a oath to protect civilians not ruin their mental psychy. WE SHOULDNT PUT CHILDREN IN THE MILITARY!!

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