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La Jolla man arrested for shooting gun inside own home

A 63-year-old man suspected of firing two gunshots inside his La Jolla condominium Oct. 18 surrendered to police several hours after holing up in his residence and refusing to come out.

The incident occurred about 7:30 a.m. but was not reported until two hours later, said Lt. Kevin Mayer of the SDPD public affairs office.

Mayer identified the suspect as Alan Deller, 63, a resident in the condominium complex in the 3200 block of Via Marin.

A neighbor of Deller’s heard two shots fired five minutes apart and saw bullet holes appear on inside walls on both sides of his residence, Mayer said.

Police evacuated the complex while officers attempted to contact the suspect by phone to talk him into surrendering.

The standoff continued until about noon when the suspect went outside his condo and was taken into custody without incident.

No one was injured.

Mayer said Deller was expected to be booked into county jail on suspicion of discharging a firearm inside an occupied structure, and possessing a switchblade.

An investigation is continuing.

— Dave Schwab 70-year-old detained for soliciting underage girls

A federal judge has ordered the owner of an Ocean Beach real-estate school to remain in federal prison without bail after he was charged with sex trafficking of two young teenage girls.

Michael F. Lustig, 70, was arrested during a traffic stop on Governor Drive in University City on Oct. 1, following a year-long investigation that started when he was arrested during a prostitution sting at a motel on June 8, 2012.

Authorities looked at Lustig’s cell phones and discovered he had been texting two young girls, aged 13 and 14. The two federal charges Lustig is facing involve sex trafficking of a minor that affects interstate commerce.

The girls apparently received money from Lustig for some type of sexual activity. The evidence against him includes his text messages to the girls. Lustig sent more than 60 texts to one girl in a two-month period in 2011, according to court documents.

The words bookstore and library were used as words to set up a date involving prostitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Lustig allegedly rented motel rooms, according to surveillance camera footage.

“The defendant is alleged to have lured children into sex for money. This suggests he is a predator,” wrote U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin in his ruling on detaining Lustig without bail.

“There appears to be no conditions short of custody that will adequately protect the community,” concluded Dembin.

Lustig’s profile on says he is the owner of Real Estate License Services that is located in Ocean Beach. The website for the school doesn’t mention his name.

His next appearance in U.S. District Court is set for Oct. 29 and he has pleaded not guilty. He remains in custody.

— Neal Putnam
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