This week, we’ve got an extradited murder suspect sitting in Santa Cruz county jail, we had a woman who was run over near Cedar and Maple streets, we’ve got a serial recidivist who nearly killed himself after he stole and crashed and burned a Parks and Rec truck, we’ve got a guy arrested 91 times locally who died of a heart attack, we’ve got someone hit in the head with a hatchet, an east cliff burglar busted, stealing your face, SCPD is picking up bum trash again, picking up low hanging fruit, someone needs a Lyft, the usual bad behavior downtown, Santa Cruz United for change on the city council, and local company Looker gets bought by Google for more than 2 BILLION dollars.
Extradited Murder Suspect Now in Santa Cruz County Jail
Thursday morning, the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s office announced the extradition and arrest of Miguel Ramirez Loza, who fled to Mexico after he allegedly attacked two Santa Cruz teenage girls back in 2003. One of the girls was stabbed and died, while the other victim was sexually assaulted. After spending 16 years in Mexico, Loza faces murder charges and is now being held in Santa Cruz County Jail. Loza was raised in Santa Cruz County and has relatives in Watsonville.
In February 2003, Loza allegedly stabbed the teenage girl in a vacant pre-school near Cabrillo College. While she lay bleeding to death, Loza sexually assaulted the other girl, before he urinated on the girl he stabbed. After he fled to Mexico, he was arrested by Mexican police in March 2004 for stabbing and robbing a man. Six months later, Mexican police arrested him again for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl. He spent a month in jail for the stabbing and robbery and 5 months in jail for the kidnapping and rape of the little girl while in Mexico. The Mexican government refused to extradite Loza for many years. Mexican officials typically would not extradite accused defendants who would face the death penalty or life in prison in the US.
Downtown Hit and Run Victim Taken to Trauma Center in Critical Condition
Wednesday night around 7PM, SCPD responded to the area near Cedar and Maple Streets after a report of a hit and run involving a vehicle versus a pedestrian. When they arrived, they found a 55 year old Santa Cruz woman down in the road pinned underneath a vehicle. She was taken to a nearby trauma center in critical condition after Santa Cruz firefighters provided initial help for the victim. The suspect fled the scene and witnesses told police he was jumping fences and running toward Cathcart Street. Two Watsonville men were eventually arrested, and one of them is the registered owner of the suspect vehicle in the hit and run.
Crash and Burn
Saturday afternoon around 1:30PM, a male carjacked and stole a marked Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation vehicle from a city employee from DeLaveaga Park. After SCPD responded to the scene, they found the stolen vehicle down a ditch on Branciforte Drive near Glen Canyon Road on fire with the suspected carjacker still inside the car. First responders pulled the suspect out of the car, and he was taken by life flight to a trauma center for significant injuries. The California Highway Patrol, AMR, the Santa Cruz Fire Department, and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene. He was arrested on suspicion of carjacking and robbery. He’s been arrested 9 times locally since 2013.
Serial Recidivist Dies of Probable Heart Attack in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz police say a 40 year old man died in on his way to Dominican hospital on Saturday. They responded to a report of a man who fell on the ground near River Street and Water Street. When officers got there, they determined that he was under the influence, so they took him to the county jail. While the man was being processed into the jail, he became semi-conscious and was taken to be examined by medical staff. They decided he would need to be taken to the hospital. Paramedics took him to Dominican Hospital, but on the way he started having heart trouble and was pronounced dead at the hospital. He had been arrested 91 times locally since 2014. NINETY ONE TIMES. He finally got off the County Shuffle. Santa Cruz enabled him to death.
Hit in the Head With a Hatchet
Around 9AM on Saturday morning, I heard a report about some kind of domestic disturbance in the Bear Creek area where someone was hit in the head with a hatchet and was taken by life flight to trauma center over the hill. You’d think that would be newsworthy, but details are few and far between beyond information culled from the crime log.
East Cliff Burglar Caught on Video
Last Thursday, a man broke into a vacation rental on East Cliff through a locked window and tried to steal a bike and other stuff from the home. Unknown to him, the home owner was watching him on video cameras and called the Sheriff’s department just as the thief left the house on a stolen bike. Deputies spotted the suspect a couple blocks away and when they stopped him, he had the stolen bike and other stolen property in his possession. He was arrested for residential burglary and taken to jail.
Steal Your Face
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people Sunday, after finding evidence of identity theft in their car. Deputies say they stopped the vehicle for code violations just outside of Watsonville. A search of the vehicle found a large number of items related to identity theft, including credit cards, identification cards, blank checks, and account login information. Both the driver and a passenger were booked into the Santa Cruz County jail for identity theft and narcotics related offenses.
I Can Think of Better Use of His Time
While I’m thrilled that SCPD is cleaning up “skid row” aka Coral Street, I’m not thrilled they are doing the actual cleanup. What the hell kind of stupidity is this? We have a public works department, we can contract out trash pickup, and the city makes our SCPD pick up trash? Not in the job description Chief! No wonder we have such high attrition at SCPD. It’s hard to rationalize SCPD needing more manpower and resources when the city manager and Chief Wiggum has them out doing trash cleanup on skid row. More law enforcement, less picking up bum trash!
Picking Up Low Hanging Fruit
Wednesday morning around 11AM, a 45 year old transient was arrested near Emeline and Lee streets for having outstanding warrants, having a concealed dagger, and possession of meth. Outstanding!
Someone Needs a Lyft
This Monday, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men after stopping their car for vehicle code violations and finding them in possession of drugs and a loaded handgun. Both the driver and a passenger were arrested on numerous drug and weapon charges. And maybe a vehicle code violation too! Criminals can be so dumb sometimes. Why would you drive a car that you know could be stopped for something obvious when you’ve got a loaded gun and drugs in your possession?
The Usual Bad Behavior Downtown
Last Saturday around 11:30PM, a 40 year old male was arrested on the 900 block of Pacific Avenue for assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest, and possession of meth.
Santa Cruz United For Change to the City Council
So there was a story on KSBW on Monday about the “official” initiation of a recall effort against city council members Drew Glover and Chris Krohn. I know a number of different groups have been working on different ideas for this for the past few weeks. I know some coordination went on with some of these groups, while others remained independent but committed to the recall effort in general. At least 2 different groups attempted to file paperwork with the requisite number of signatures, and at least one of those groups paperwork has been accepted. Both Glover and Krohn have been officially served with a copy of the “Notice of Intention”, which is the official paperwork submitted to begin the recall process.
This story is just getting warmed up. I’m thinking about setting up an FAQ page here just for the recall effort. I’m sure people have a lot of questions. I know I do. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can sign up to volunteer or get updates here.
I heard on Thursday that Alphabet (the parent company of Google) is buying Santa Cruz based Looker for 2.6 BILLION dollars. Who knew we had a 2.6 billion dollar company quietly headquartered right here in Santa Cruz? Congratulations to all the folks over at Looker!
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