Stabbing Outside Capitola Mall
Around noon on Thursday, a stabbing occurred behind the Ross store in Capitola Mall. Reports came in that three men attacked and stabbed a 28 year Santa Cruz man several times in the upper torso with a knife. The attackers were described as Hispanic men between 18-20 years old who fled in a sedan. The victim ran across Clares Street where police found him in front of a Fed Ex store. Police suspect the stabbing was gang related. A witness stated the incident started in front of the Pier 1 store, where the victim was chased across the street to Ross, where he was stabbed multiple times by multiple people. The victim then stumbled across the street to the Fed Ex location. The victim was flown to a trauma center where his condition is unknown. Police are reviewing surveillance videos and interviewing witnesses to identity the victim’s attackers, while a motive remains unclear. It’s hard enough to get people to go to Capitola Mall anymore. The place seems half empty of stores. The threat of getting caught up in a gang beef is just another reason to avoid it. I heard the victim was hiding in Pier 1 and got chased out by the suspects. Can you imagine the poor staff working there? We care more about a meaningless “Sanctuary” designation than we do about helping ICE get rid of the gangs in our community. We car more about hurt feelings than we care about hurt lives.
SCPD Busts Local Drug Dealers After Attempted Homicide on Pacific and Laurel
While executing a search warrant last week at a home in the 100 block of Kennan Street as part of an investigation into an attempted homicide, SCPD uncovered and busted a pretty significant drug dealing operation. SCPD and the Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) confiscated $36,500 in cash, 20 grams of methamphetamine, 1 pound of cocaine, 14 ounces of crack cocaine, 5 pounds of marijuana, numerous firearms, and dozens of rounds of ammunition. Santa Cruz Police arrested a 27 year old male and a 30 year old male, both from Santa Cruz. According to SCPD, the initial investigation occurred a few weeks ago when an attempted homicide occurred in the 700 block of Pacific Avenue. In that incident, a 33 year old man was shot once in the neck and was flown to a trauma center. Both men were identified as persons of interest in that case, but hadn’t been located. Last week, both men were spotted and arrested in the 200 block of Front Street. One was arrested for possession for sale of crack cocaine and methamphetamine. The other was arrested for possession of a loaded stolen firearm and a probation violation. Detectives interviewed both suspects regarding the earlier shooting and arrested one man for being the shooter in the attempted homicide. The other was released pending further investigation. A few days later, investigators served a search warrant on the 100 block of Kennan Street, where Officers seized the following evidence:
Ben Lomond Man Arrested for 21 Felonies
A Ben Lomond man is under arrest, accused by the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office of shooting a man in the face, dousing a woman with chemicals, and raping a woman, according to court documents. Twenty eight year old Austin Lee Combs entered a not guilty plea in court last week to 23 felony counts. Apparently the suspect and victim had a heated argument around 5:30AM at a house on Hihn Road in Ben Lomond. Combs allegedly then shot the 21 year old male victim in the face at close range. The severity of the shooting victim’s wounds required doctors to cut out his eye and tongue. Immediately after the shooting, Combs went on the run. Combs has been locked in the Santa Cruz County Jail since he was arrested by sheriff’s deputies in Boulder Creek on August 3rd. He has been charged with mayhem, attempted murder, rape, kidnapping, oral copulation by force, burglary, false imprisonment, making terrorist threats, brandishing a firearm, assault with chemicals, assault with a deadly weapon, and robbery.His bail was set at $600,000.
Stabbing in Front of the Homeless Services Center
Saturday night around 9:30PM, reports came in that a man had been stabbed in front of the Homeless Services Center at 115 Coral street. The victim was described as a transient male who had been stabbed at least twice in the chest. The victim also refused to cooperate with SCPD after they arrived, and told them he couldn’t ID the person who stabbed him, or provide any description details. Terrific. SCPD sent at least 4 units to the scene and set up a perimeter. Maybe they also noticed that this particular block and the area along Sylvania is a COMPLETE SHIT SHOW THESE DAYS. It’s a HUGE, roaming homeless camp slash bike chop shop slash bum party EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s why there’s a gate out in front of the HSC now. It’s a war zone outside, but don’t call this place a “homeless magnet”. The victim was airlifted out of Skypark in Scotts Valley so the wounds had to be pretty serious if he had to be flown over the hill to a trauma center. SCPD did arrest a suspect in spite of the lack of help from the victim.
Bomb Threat Defused Along Highway One
Tuesday night around 8PM, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was called by the CHP to detonate a pipe bomb after the device was found inside a Honda Accord during a traffic stop on Highway 1 near Morrissey Boulevard. A CHP officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle passing other vehicles on the right shoulder and made a stop of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a backpack with a pipe bomb inside. The bomb squad contained and detonated the device. The highway was closed about 10 minutes while the device was detonated. A 33 year old man and a 32 year old woman from Santa Cruz were arrested. Each faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a destructive device and drug charges related to methamphetamine according to CHP. The male’s bail was set at $15,000 while the woman’s bail was set at $20,000.
Drive By Shooting on East Cliff Drive
Monday night around 10:30PM, reports came in about a drive by shooting on the 1100 block of East Cliff drive. SCPD arrived and after interviewing the witness (who was almost a victim but the shots missed), the vehicle was described as a Black Nissan with 7-8 Hispanic males inside the vehicle. The shooter was described as a Hispanic male in his late teens. SCPD seemed pretty sure it was gang related. Tuesday night I heard reports of another drive by shooting (no victims) and the suspected vehicle description was again a Black Nissan.
Bomb Threat Briefly Closes Pacific Avenue
Sunday afternoon around 3:30PM, Pacific Avenue had to be briefly closed down near the Post Office while SCPD investigated a suspicious backpack that was left in front of Lulu Carpenter’s and possibly had some type of explosive device inside of it. Lulu’s, Jamba Juice, and Verve were all evacuated briefly until SCPD could clear the scene and package. The suspect was believed to be a transient female who allegedly made some sort of threat before leaving the backpack and walking away. She was later to found in front of the Vet’s Hall, where SCPD questioned her and arrested her. Turns out there was no device in the backpack and everything was reopened shortly after.
Body Found Near Front Street on Monday Morning
Monday morning around 11AM, reports came in about a dead body that was found behind a business in the 600 block of Front street (which is basically where Trader Joe’s is). Sounds like it could have been along the levee or on the River street side of the parking lot. The person who found the body reported a man that was “cold and not breathing”. When SCPD arrived, they confirmed it was DOA. No word on the cause of death but it didn’t sound as if it was the result of a violent crime. I heard rumors it was an overdose.
Santa Cruz Man Sets Trailer On Fire
Tuesday morning around 2AM, a resident of Pine Knoll Mobile Home Park off Capitola road admitted to lighting his couch on fire inside his Santa Cruz County mobile home. When firefighters arrived they found a travel trailer fully engulfed in flames. Thankfully, the fire was extinguished with minimal damage to neighboring mobile homes.The resident was found uninjured and was taken into custody, while the trailer itself was considered to be a total loss.
Burglary Suspect Arrested in Davenport
A man was arrested in Santa Cruz after deputies found multiple stolen items in a vehicle near Davenport. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said a visitor in the North Coast area discovered his car had been broken into last Sunday. The victim then saw the suspect in a vehicle with some of their stolen property. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was going through stolen personal items from other people when the victim confronted him. The two got into an argument and the suspect then took off on foot leaving the vehicle behind. The victim called 911 to report a burglary and a deputy in the area then spotted the suspect and chased him. The victim also chased after the suspect. The suspect was caught a short time later. The suspect faces possession of stolen property and several other charges. The Sheriff’s Office said there are six to eight victims of burglary so far and they’re working to identify other victims.
Driver Hits Light Pole at Mission and Chestnut
Monday afternoon around 3:30PM, reports came in that a a man in a pickup truck apparently hit a light pole in the intersection. SCPD reported he had lacerations to his face. The whole intersection was a mess as far as traffic goes. The driver wasn’t seriously injured.
Burglars Arrested in Corralitos
Saturday afternoon, two Deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office were driving on the 1100 block of Eureka Canyon Road when they heard a residential alarm going off. When they stopped to conduct a security check, they noticed a door had been pried open. A witness informed the deputies that he observed a number of suspicious people exit a creek bed a few hundred yards from the home that had been burglarized. More deputies responded to the area and detained two men and two women who were in possession of property stolen from the residence, along with burglary tools and drug paraphernalia. All four were booked into County Jail.
Water Rescue at Steamer Lane
Saturday around 6PM, reports came in about a water rescue off of Steamer Lane. Fire and ambulance were dispatched to the scene, as well as SCPD. No word on the condition of the victim.
Prowler Arrested on the West Side
Saturday morning around 3:30AM, SCPD arrested a prowler on the 100 block of Beachview. Apparently he was possibly attempting to gain entry to a residence when SCPD arrived with multiple units and arrested the suspect at gunpoint.
Man in Median Throwing Rocks at Cars
Thursday morning around 9AM, reports came in that a transient male was standing in the median in the middle of Ocean street in front of the Valero throwing rocks at cars as they passed by. Welcome to Santa Cruz folks! Nothing welcomes our tourists like having local bums throw rocks at their windows as they slowly make their way down Ocean street.
Cafe Pergolesi Closing
I heard rumors recently that the venerable Cafe Pergolesi might be on it’s final days. I heard it might be closed by the end of this month. That would be sad. I know it attracts a certain element of “local flavor” that might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But they have a great patio, good and relatively cheap beer and coffee, and it was always good for people watching. With Logos fading fast (and I called that closing despite my critics telling me I was wrong), and now possibly Perg going down, downtown Santa Cruz is taking some serious gut punches here. And I won’t mince my words here. The current owner admitted publicly that part of the reason for closing was the rampant, daily, non-stop issues with local homeless in and around his cafe. The bad behavior kind of homeless, not the poor innocent, down on their luck homeless. We don’t need a new parking garage downtown. All the long time local businesses are packing up and leaving downtown.
Free Pablo Cruise Concert at the Boardwalk
Bring on the Yacht Rock! From 1975 to 1985 the band toured the United States, Canada and Japan extensively, welcoming fans to “Climb Aboard The Good Ship Pablo Cruise.” With popular hits like “Watcha Gonna Do When She Says Goodbye” and “Love Will Find A Way,”, the band went on to sell several million albums and singles. Free shows at 6:30 and 8:30PM.
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