Mary A. Castillo
A cab ride to Laguna Beach ended with a report about a
knife-wielding man and a possible hostage situation.
The Laguna Beach Police Department surrounded a home in the 300
block of St. Ann’s Drive after receiving a 911 call from a cab driver
who reported that he had been the victim of a robbery.
“The victim picked up a fare in Costa Mesa and drove him down to
Laguna,” said Sgt. Bob Rahaeuser.
The suspect, Grant Hynes Bouck, 31, of Costa Mesa made the driver
take him to several places to find money to pay the fare, eventually
stopping at the home on St. Ann’s Drive. Bouck went inside and then
he returned with a knife, said Sgt. Rahaeuser.
After an argument, Bouck ran into the residence, police said. When
the driver approached the house he heard someone inside -- who was
not the suspect -- tell him that “no one is in here.”
He immediately called police.
Concerned that they were dealing with a possible hostage
situation, 10 officers arrived on the scene.
“When we learned the occupant was an invalid we were concerned for
the safety of that person,” said Rahaeuser.
Several phone calls into the home went unanswered and police
yelled into the home to ask if the person was OK.
When all warnings and attempts to establish contact failed,
officers made a forced entry into the home.
“The owner was lying on the bed and we found the suspect hiding in
the bathroom,” said Rahaeuser.
It turned out Bouck was a friend of the owner’s nephew.
Bouck was put into police custody without incident. He was
arrested for suspicion of defrauding a cab driver and brandishing a
Police discovered that he used a 10-inch abalone knife and
although he had it in his hand when he refused to pay the cab driver,
they said he did not directly threaten or harm the victim. The
homeowner was not harmed.
The situation lasted about two hours while traffic was diverted
away from St. Ann’s Street.
Bouck was transferred to Orange County Jail in lieu of $1,000
* MARY A. CASTILLO is a news assistant for the Coastline Pilot.
She covers education, public safety and City Hall.