Laura Farinella
Chief of Police
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Subject :Panga Boat Landing at Crystal Cove State Park
Contact :Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator    949-497-0389

On June 19, 2018, at 6:31 a.m., the Laguna Beach Police Department received a call from California State Parks in reference to a panga boat landing at Crystal Cove State Park. The boat had passengers that fled the scene. Laguna Beach Police worked alongside the US Customs and Border Patrol and the State of California Department of Parks and Recreations with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and US Coast Guard. The involved agencies conducted a thorough search of the wilderness area of the state park and located and detained four adult male subjects, which were detained by the US Customs and Border Patrol.

Out of an abundance of caution, El Morro Elementary School was placed on a “soft” lockdown; Parents and buses were allowed to drop off students at the school. Laguna Beach Police Department kept officers on campus throughout the incident. Shortly before 10:00 a.m. the lockdown was lifted and normal operations resumed.

For further information, please contact the lead agency - US Customs and Border Patrol at (619) 216-4182.