Fashionably late this week (but not LATE) and I’m blaming the coronavirus because it’s a useful excuse for everything these days. But the beat goes on and this week, we’ve got the latest restrictions from the county, 4 men arrested for local kidnapping and murder, the woman who refused to GTFO, the laziest thieves of the week, Watsonville man arrested for burglary downtown, a mugging in west Santa Cruz, hardly a majority opinion, SCPD’s high attrition rate, the death of Paradise, and more!
New Coronavirus Restrictions For Santa Cruz County Announced
The Santa Cruz County Public Health Department announced new coronavirus restrictions this past Thursday that go into effect next Tuesday and will bring the county into alignment with state orders. The new order allows the reopening of some types of office work, pet grooming, car washes, more child care and more outdoor activities, such as landscaping. Beach restrictions will remain unchanged. Beaches are closed to the public for all activities between the hours of 11AM and 5PM. Activities such as surfing, paddleboarding, boogie boarding, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking will not be impacted by the order.
Arrests Made in Santa Cruz Kidnapping and Murder Case
Late Tuesday, four men (I use that term loosely here) were arrested as suspects in connection to the kidnapping and murder of a local Aptos businessman. Tushar Atre was kidnapped at gunpoint from his Pleasure Point home last October before his body was found near a remote property he owned in the Santa Cruz mountains. He was shot to death. Investigators say the motive was robbery. Three men from Lancaster, California were booked into the Santa Cruz County jail, each charged with murder, kidnapping and robbery. Another man involved was also arrested in Michigan. He will have an extradition hearing before being brought back to Santa Cruz County. No bail has been set for any of the men. At least two of the men knew the victim and worked for him at some point recently.
Bring Out the Bearcat!
Around 1PM on Thursday afternoon, an SCPD officer spotted a stolen white SUV with a woman inside parked on the 2900 block of Gilbert Court. More officers showed up and conducted a high-risk stop but the woman refused to exit the vehicle. SCPD Crisis Negotiation Team members spent 90 minutes trying to convince the woman to cooperate and to come out of the car but she still refused. So they shot out her window with a 40mm non-lethal projectile and she still refused to cooperate. So they sent in the dog. And she still refused to cooperate! So they finally dragged her dumb ass out of the SUV by force (which they should have tried first). And she still resisted arrest. At this time, they still don’t know her name but apparently she’s sitting in jail! The BearCat was used as a layer of protection for officers and the public. There was a possibility of weapons inside the car, and it prevented the suspect from driving away and using the stolen SUV as a weapon.
Laziest Thieves of the Week
Last Friday between midnight and 1:30AM, someone broke into the carport that goes under the county building and courthouse and stole a tent and a couple of bikes belonging to the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s office. They didn’t have to go far to find the thieves. They found them and the property squatting in the tent village in San Lorenzo Park. One male was “cited” and the other was taken to jail. The chump they arrested was charged with 2 counts of burglary, being drunk in public, and violating quarantine. Yeah, I’m sure this guy is paying his $1000 ticket here. But last check, he’s still in jail!
Burglary Suspect Arrested in Downtown Santa Cruz
Saturday night around 11PM, SCPD responded to the 300 block of Lincoln street where they responded to a report of a residential burglary. After they arrived, they detained a 19 year old Watsonville man at gunpoint. He was arrested on burglary and trespassing charges. Last check he was still in jail on a $25K bond hold.
Mugging in West Santa Cruz
Thursday night around 9:30PM, a man was apparently mugged by a group of people near Almar and Herbert streets on the west side of Santa Cruz. The victim suffered serious facial lacerations and required EMR care. The suspects were quickly located hanging out at the Circle Church. All three suspects were on probation. Not sure if anyone was actually arrested here.
Hardly a Majority Opinion Here
Last Friday, a handful of people decided to “protest” their right to sit on their collective fat asses on the beach anytime they want to. Local police and rangers dispersed them pretty quickly, but not before they bleated all over social media about their “rights” being trampled. A handful of people making a big stink about something most people are accepting for the better good of the community. Sounds like Santa Cruz!
Why the High Attrition Rate at SCPD?
So I heard some disturbing numbers the other day and honestly, I have no reason to doubt them. First let me say that anyone who reads this column with any degree of regularity knows I fully support the rank and file of SCPD. I’m a cheerleader and advocate for them. My issue is almost always with “management”, or in our case the city bureaucracy and how it seems to be more important to be politically correct than pragmatic about law enforcement. The bottom line is we are very subjective about what we choose to enforce here. And that has rubbed a lot of people (including me) the wrong way. It’s bad for morale and leads to attrition. And have we seen attrition at SCPD? Since the current chief took office, 18 police officers have left SCPD, including one lieutenant and four medical retirements. That number represents about 20% of the police force. Something’s wrong here. Why does SCPD have such a high rate of attrition? If I had a vote here, my vote would be “no confidence”. And that doesn’t just apply to the chief, it applies to his boss too (Martin Bernal).
Coronavirus Kills Paradise Beach Grill in Aptos
Capitola’s Paradise Beach Grill is permanently closed according to the owners of the restaurant, who thought about reopening but decided restrictions on local restaurants made it impossible for them to continue to do business.
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