Well it’s been quite the interesting and eventful week. We had a Capitola teenager who was drugged and kidnapped and taken to San Jose before being rescued, we had guns and drugs along the river levee, we had a local thug kidnap an infant and stab the baby’s mother in the process, the turnstiler of the week, a knife with breakfast, squatting with the million dollar view, the gift that keeps on giving, when it rains it pours, SCPD sponsors MLK march downtown, Posnergate, the Weekly Seen, weekly shoutouts, and more!
Capitola Teenager Kidnapped and Sexually Assaulted in San Jose
In a National story (for all the wrong reasons yet again), San Jose Police arrested 3 men at a motel in San Jose last week after they kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 14 year old girl from Capitola. The victim was able to alert her friends using Snapchat, allowing them to pinpoint her location. They then called 911 and San Jose police responded to a motel in San Jose, where they stopped a 55 year old San Jose man leaving a motel room where the girl was located. He was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on felony charges of kidnapping to commit rape, digital penetration of a child under 14 years with force, false imprisonment, lewd act with a child 14 or 15 years with force and rape by intoxication or controlled substance. He is being held without bail at the Main Jail in San Jose, according to online jail records. The man allegedly met the girl in Capitola earlier in the day and gave her drugs that incapacitated her. He then called two other men from Fremont for assistance. The three men placed the girl in their vehicle against her will where one of them sexually assaulted her before they drove to the motel in San Jose. The suspects carried the girl into a second floor motel room where the same man again sexually assaulted her, according to police. The two men from Fremont were arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on felony charges of kidnapping and conspiracy.
Pacifica Pair Busted For Guns and Robbery Near Downtown
Tuesday morning around 1AM, SCPD was patrolling near the Mike Fox skate park on San Lorenzo Boulevard when they witnessed three people arguing before hearing a gunshot and stopping to investigate. Apparently nobody was injured by the gunshot. One person left the scene and two others stayed behind. They learned a Santa Cruz man who remained at the scene was the victim of an attempted robbery. At the scene, investigators found a loaded unregistered gun, a large amount of marijuana, unregistered gun components and large-capacity rifle and pistol magazines in a nearby vehicle. The other man who stayed at the scene was a Pacifica man, who was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana for sales, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail.
Officers later found the other man who fled, also from Pacifica, who was arrested and charged with attempted robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of marijuana for sales, possession of large-capacity magazines and being a felon in possession of a gun. He was also booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail.
From less than a month ago. Same guy! Is anyone really surprised he’d come to Santa Cruz?
Domestic Dispute Leads to Child Abduction Near Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Friday morning around 5AM, SCPD responded to a domestic violence call from a location on Front and Second Streets. When they arrived, they found a woman who was reportedly stabbed in the thigh who said her one year old child had been kidnapped by the father. SCPD was joined by deputies from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s department and CHP, who locked down the nearby area and began a yard by yard search for the suspect in the surrounding neighborhood. Dogs tracked the suspect to a nearby apartment where police surrounded him. He eventually gave up peacefully and gave the child to a grandmother at the scene. He was charged with kidnapping, child endangerment and domestic violence among other things. the child’s mothe rwas taken to a Salinas hospital for her injuries.
Turnstiler of the Week
Last Friday night around 11:30PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Locust Street in downtown Santa Cruz where they arrested a 26 year old frequent flyer on the county shuffle. He was booked on a laundry list of charges, including possession of tear gas by a felon, drug possession, possession of a fake firearm, trespassing, and of course, violation of his probation. Let’s send him through the system one more time. He’s only been arrested 17 times since 2014. It’s easier to coddle than it is to actually fix something broken.
Would You Like a Knife With Your Breakfast?
Saturday morning around 10:30AM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Franklin Street where they arrested a 33 year old transient woman for trespassing and brandishing a weapon, probably at the person whose property she was trespassing on. Did they arrest her? Are you kidding me? That would make too much sense. Nah. They gave her a ticket and left.
At Least He Picked a Place With a Nice View
Sunday afternoon around 2PM, SCPD responded to a residence at West Cliff Drive and Santa Cruz Avenue where some bum was apparently squatting. He was arrested and charged with illegal lodging in a residence and resisting arrest. You know, it would be pretty easy for a local bum to go to the library, check out local AirBnB listings online, make a map, and know all the good vacation rentals slash possible squatting options which might be potentially vacant. Just saying. This guy only has just the one mugshot from this. Must be new to town.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Monday night around 8:30PM, SCPD responded to the 100 block of Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz for a report of someone threatening to beat people up. When they arrived they found a 44 year old bum transient who met the description and arrested him for making threats, resisting arrest, and of course, the standard, violation of his probation. Probation! The gift that keeps on giving us bums like this guy. He’s been arrested locally 24 times since 2014. He’s been arrested 4 times in the past month. He is literally the “weekly dump”.
When it Rains it Pours
More gifts from the Santa Cruz County Jail, the District Attorney’s office, and County Probation! Tuesday morning around 9AM, deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s office responded to the area near Graham Hill and Mt. Hermon roads where they arrested a 35 year old male transient recidivist YET AGAIN for trespassing and drug possession. And of course a probation violation, where they were supposed to revoke and arrest him. Guess what? He’s out of jail already. No bail. The county jail gave him a get out of jail free (“PTA”) card. He’s been arrested 43 times locally since 2013. FOURTY THREEE TIMES! Seriously. Why bother with this guy? What’s his secret to staying out of jail? Getting drunk and disorderly in Santa Cruz. That’s his not so “secret” strategy.
SCPD Sponsors March For MLK Downtown
Last Monday morning, SCPD and the local chapter of the NAACP co-sponsored a march and parade down Pacific Avenue to honor and celebrate the life of the late civil rights leader. Of course, this IS Santa Cruz, so any kind of big public event downtown brings out every tin foil hat wearing kook and their list of grievances. Staying linear and on topic just isn’t in our collective vocabulary here. And of course, it wouldn’t be Santa Cruz without Bad Mom and her bullhorn and cast of misfit friends yelling at anyone in shouting with a bullhorn distance. No respect. Same with McMuffin. No respect. I thought of going down there but you’ve been to one of these things, you’ve been to all of them.
The latest Form 460 numbers are out. It looks like the dubious group wanting people to vote no on the recalls have raised about $12K and spent about $4K so far. They also paid Micah Posner $255 for something unspecified. Was he breaking into Santa Cruz United headquarters with local kooks he hired? Slush fund? Inquiring minds want to know!
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A weekly shoutout and thanks to my friends Damon and Sharon for their recent appointments to the Santa Cruz County Syringe Services Program Advisory Commission. Damon was appointed by Ryan Coonerty and Sharon was appointed by Bruce McPherson. Well done!
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