July 17, 2017

Sunday 7/16/17 Highlight of Weekend's Cases Of Interest

Case 17S-05732:
On Sunday 7/16/17 approximately, 2:09 am, Santa Cruz Police responded to the 700 block of Pacific Avenue for a report of a shooting. Witnesses described a male victim who was shot in the neck and transported to the hospital by a bystander. Another team of SCPD Officers immediately contacted the victim who arrived at the emergency room. The victim sustained a bullet entry/exit wound in the neck area.

The victim, a 33-year-old, was uncooperative, intoxicated and refused to provide law enforcement with any suspect description. He was flown out to a Bay Area Trauma Center for treatment.

Investigating officers recovered a .22 caliber casing at the initial crime scene on Pacific Avenue. 

Currently, there is no suspect information on the shooting. Detectives will continue to follow up leads and look for video surveillance. The police department is asking anyone with information or who may have witnessed the shooting to contact investigators 831- 420-5820. 

Case 17S-05734:
On Sunday 7/16/17 at approximately 3:39 am, SCPD Sergeant Azua was patrolling in the area of Soquel and Front Street and observed two black male adults fighting near Plaza Lane. Sergeant Azua drove up to the two fighting, got out of his patrol vehicle and yelled: “Stop it!” One subject began to run northbound on Plaza Lane. The victim pointed to the fleeing suspect, exclaimed, “He just stabbed me.” and collapsed.

A description of the suspect, Yemoh Anang, 22 years old, was immediately broadcasted, and several units responded “Code 3”.  After a long chase, SCPD officers detained Mr. Anang and positively identified him as the person who stabbed the victim.

Further investigation revealed that Mr. Anang is on active parole with two confirmed felony warrants for his arrest. SCPD arrested Mr. Anang for assault with a deadly weapon.

Case 17S-05747
On Sunday, July 16, 2017, at approximately 8:47 pm hours, a 27-year-old male from Santa Cruz was shot by two assailants. The victim was walking eastbound on Barson St. at the intersection of Ocean St. Witnesses reported seeing two men, wearing hoodies, drive by in a small dark colored four door sedan, pull over and exit the vehicle. One of the suspects pulled out a small caliber handgun and fired several shots at the victim.  He was struck several times and ran a short distance away. The suspects then fled the scene in the dark colored four door sedan.

Santa Cruz Police Officers were dispatched to the scene and arrived within minutes of the initial 911 call. Santa Cruz Police Officers located the victim and rendered first aid until the arrival of the Santa Cruz Fire Department. Officers coordinated a county wide search for the suspects. Officers also canvassed the area for evidence and contacted several witnesses. Santa Cruz Police Detectives responded to the scene.

The victim was air lifted to a nearby trauma center. He suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and is in critical condition. SCPD is treating this case as a possible gang related incident. The Santa Cruz Police Department is asking for assistance from anyone who may have any information related to the case.

The Santa Cruz Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety. We are committed to reducing gang crimes and violence in the City of Santa Cruz. Anyone with information regarding suspicious or criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department.

July 14, 2017

Teen Cycling For Police Officer Memorial Fund Visits SCPD

Today, an inspirational young man came riding his bicycle through Santa Cruz. Sixteen-year-old Travis Risley, whose father is a police officer in Napa, is riding his bicycle from the border of Oregon and California to the Mexican border to raise money for the California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation.
SCPD provided the escort for Travis during part of his trek today. Travis has already raised over $7,000 for the Foundation.
Travis made a special stop at SCPD's Memorial Garden where he was greeted by staff and presented with a donation and tokens of our appreciation.
Thank you for your dedication and service to this cause.
Travis's Police Unity Tour Travel Posse includes Troy Young from San Leandro PD, Harvey Ollis from Alameda County SO, Rich Butler from Hayward PD and Krista Sansen from Concord PD.
Before getting back on the road, Travis talked to the SCPD Teen Public Safety Academy about his experience.
We are very proud of Travis, Our entire department is behind you, so keep up the great work!
Safe travels for the rest of your journey!
A Ride to Support Fallen Police Officers
Police Unity Tour Northern California - Chapter XIII
For more information https://camemorial.org/

July 12, 2017

This Week's Cases Of Interest 7/7- 7/11/17

This week has been full of surprises, including the shark bite. Here are four cases of interest SCPD responded to in the past few days.

Juvenile in Possession of Loaded Revolver
About 3:35 PM on Friday, July 7, 2017, the SCPD Neighborhood Enforcement Team patrol came upon three teenage males in the wooded area near the 300 block of La Fonda Avenue. As officers approached the trio, the handle of a handgun became visible in one of the subject's front pants pocket. Officers quickly detained all three and conducted a pat frisk, leading to the recovery of a loaded revolver.
The 17-year-old male, from Santa Cruz, was charged with possession of a loaded firearm by a minor, narcotics for sale and being under the influence of a controlled substance. SCPD arrested another 17-year-old in the trio for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct while under the influence of drugs.

Serial Trash Can Arson Suspect Arrested
On Friday 7/7/17, SCPD responded to Pacific Avenue for the fourth reported trash can on fire of the evening. Starting at 10:34 PM, Santa Cruz Fire responded to three trash can fires in the downtown area. When SCFD responded to the 3rd trash can fire on the corner of Pacific Avenue and Walnut Avenue, firefighters saw the flames in the garbage bin at 1300 Pacific Avenue and called SCPD.

Timeline of events:
1st - Soquel/Front Street Garage, reported at 10:34 pm
2nd - Pacific Ave @ Cooper Street, reported at 10:42 pm
3rd- Pacific Ave @ Walnut Avenue, reported at 10:47 pm
4th - 1300 block of Pacific Avenue, seen by SCFD while responding to fire #3

Community members stepped up and gave officers descriptions of the suspect seen causing the fire. From the detailed descriptions, SCPD Officer Cathrein recalled Ryan Dougherty as a possible suspect based on his previous contacts downtown.
Ryan Dougherty, 37 years old from Santa Cruz
Patrol officers immediately began their search and found Mr. Dougherty, 37 years old, from Santa Cruz in the area of Elm Street and Pacific Avenue. A witness also came forward and identified Mr. Dougherty as the suspect for the arson in a garbage can on Pacific Avenue. Officers booked Ryan Dougherty into jail for arson and probation violation.

DUI Solo Vehicle Rollover
On Sunday 7/6/17 at approximately 6:40 PM, SCPD Officers responded to the upper east side for a rollover collision. A dark colored Hyundai drove off Branciforte Drive near Cool Creek Trail.

Jonathan Pintor, 25 years old from Santa Cruz
The driver, Jonathan Pintor, 25 years old, from Santa Cruz skidded off of the shoulder of Branciforte Drive, rolled three times, and down onto Cool Creek Trail. The car came to rest on its roof.

The driver and two passengers crawled out of the front passenger's side window. The passengers stated they were uninjured. After a medical assessment, Mr. Pintor was booked him into jail for DUI and driving with a suspended license for a DUI.

Two Arrested in Assault and Robbery
On Tuesday 7/11/17 at, approximately, 7:00 PM, the entire patrol team responded to Chestnut Street and Neary Lagoon for a robbery and stabbing that just occurred. The victim, a 25-year-old male, reported he was stabbed and robbed by two acquaintances. The suspects Darren Cocroft, 27 years old, and Frederick Stanley, 34 years old, were in the company of the victim.

Frederick Stanley, 34 years old from Santa Cruz
The victim claims Mr. Stanley pulled a dagger and held it to his throat. The suspects threatened to kill him if he did not hand over his money. The suspects then attacked the victim. The victim sustained a cut to his hand deflecting the knife during the struggle. The suspects took $500 cash from the victim and fled.

In quick order Sgt. Crofts found and detained the primary suspect Fred Stanley, who possessed the stolen cash. Through hard driving investigation, the officers found the discarded knife and had a bead on the second suspect. It was only a matter of time before SCPD Officers caught up with him. The suspect, Darren Cocroft, eventually came down to the station.

Darren Cocroft, 27 years old from Santa Cruz
SCPD arrested both Mr. Cocroft and Mr. Stanley for robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime and assault with a deadly weapon.

Great Hustle and Good Work SCPD Patrol Team

The Santa Cruz Police Department continues to encourage community members to be partners in public safety. Please continue to contact SCPD when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood. Call 9-1-1, Anonymous Tip Line (831) 420-5995 or send us a tip online.

July 11, 2017

Shark Attack, No Injuries, Water Access Restricted

That’s him between officers from Harbor Patrol & SCPD
Today, the Santa Cruz Fire Department received a call at 11:01 a.m. about a potential shark attack near West Cliff and Pelton Avenue. Fire Department Marine Safety personnel have confirmed that a seasoned kayaker had his kayak attacked by a large shark about a quarter mile out from Steamer Lane. The kayaker was uninjured in the attack, but the kayak sustained extensive damage.
Per the Santa Cruz County Shark Incident Action Plan, the City will post Main Beach, Cowell Beach and other beach access points within a 1- mile radius of the attack for four days. All water activities at the beach will be prohibited until sunrise Saturday (July 15th) morning. Marine Safety staff and lifeguards will monitor the area in the meantime.

According to Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley, “attacks like these are extremely rare in Santa Cruz County, and we are so thankful that the kayaker was uninjured. This is a reminder that swimming in the ocean does carry some risk and we encourage all swimmers, surfers, and kayakers to be mindful of their surroundings and follow directions of lifeguards and Marine Safety staff.”

July 6, 2017

SCPD Welcomes New Officer Kyle Score

The Santa Cruz Police Department Welcomes
Officer Kyle Score

This afternoon, Deputy Chief Flippo presided over a ceremony to officially “swear in” Officer Score.
Officer Score graduated from the South Bay Regional Modular Academy in 2016. Before a career in law enforcement, Kyle worked at California K9 Solutions as a senior dog trainer for five years. He attended Foothill College before serving in the US Marine Corps where he specialized in K9 training and bomb detection. Officer Score is described as a leader and a passionate, well-qualified K9 trainer in his previous occupations. Kyle grew up in Felton and graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School.

Vice Mayor David Terrazas was on hand to welcome Officer Score to public service with the City of Santa Cruz.

“ I am proud to welcome you to our police department and our community,” said the Vice Mayor. “You are supported by good people in this organization, the city, and the community. “

Deputy Chief Flippo had the honor of presenting and pinning Officer score with his badge.

“We are proud to bring Officer Score into the SCPD family. He has a solid reputation for hard work and integrity. Officer Score is highly qualified and motivated individual who will fit in well with our department and community.”, said Deputy Flippo.

Officer Score will now undergo a couple of weeks of orientation before being assigned to an 18-week Field Training program. During this program, he will be paired with a Field Training Officer and evaluated each day on his performance. Upon completion of the Field Training Program, Officer Score will be assigned to a patrol team to work as a solo beat officer.

Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Officer Kyle Score.

July 5, 2017

JULY 4th, 2017 Overview, Statistics and Cases of Interest

Throughout the 4th of July weekend, the Santa Cruz Police Department provided 100% full-staffing for proactive and preventative enforcement of the citywide Safety Enhancement Zone. This 4th of July holiday falling on a Tuesday brought slightly smaller crowds to the Main Beach and throughout the City of Santa Cruz. Traffic was steady and at times gridlocked coming into town during the weekend and 4th of July.

  • Calls for Service - The Santa Cruz Police responded to 467 calls for service on July 4th. Between the hours of 4:00 pm and 12:45 am, SCPD patrol and the special detail teams handled 288 calls for service. Out of those 288 calls, 104 were fireworks related.
  • 1 Felony Arrest
  • 7 Fireworks Arrests – Fireworks possession and discharging fireworks.
  • 5 Misdemeanor Arrests- Most misdemeanor arrests were for being drunk in public.
  • 58 Infractions Citations Issued- Majority of the citations were for open container.
  • 41 Triple Fine Citations- Citations were mostly alcohol and fireworks related.
  • 15 Traffic citations

Both Eastside and Westside neighborhoods were impacted by incidents of fireworks violations. All available Santa Cruz Police resources were in service throughout our community. Officers responded directly to areas where aerial fireworks were seen and reported.

Cases of Interest
17S-05367: SCPD Officer was in the vicinity of the 500 block of Palm Street when he witnessed subjects launch a large aerial firework. Diego Cruz Alvarez was cited and released for possession of Dangerous Fireworks. Several pounds of fireworks were confiscated.
17S-05378: Several officers were dispatched to Seabright Avenue and Windsor Street regarding a hit and run accident. The driver of a Toyota sedan crashed into a parked van. The suspect driver of the vehicle crashed and fled on foot. SCPD Officers responded and quickly located Jack Waldman on Frederick Street. Mr. Waldman, 18 years old, was arrested for DUI and hit and run charges.

July 3, 2017

SCPD Responds To Train Versus Vehicle Collision - No Injuries!

On Monday, July 3, 2017, at approximately 12:41 pm, two vehicles and a train collided in a non-injury accident at the intersection of Laurel Street and Chestnut Street. A white Mazda minivan turning eastbound on Laurel Street failed to yield for the oncoming train heading northbound on Chestnut St. The train engineer was unable to stop the train in time to avoid collision with the vehicle.

The resulting collision pushed the minivan backward, smashing into a Chevy SUV behind it. There were no injuries in either crash. Both automobiles sustained front end damage. Only minor damage was sustained to the train when it collided with the vehicle.
The driver of the minivan is a 63-year-old from Santa Cruz. The preliminary investigation indicates the train had the right of way. The vehicle was attempting to turn eastbound on Laurel Street when the train struck the vehicle.

Laurel St at Chestnut and Center Street closed temporarily as a result of the collision investigation. Traffic was rerouted through the area. The roadway reopened within two hours of the incident.
The Roaring Camp Train crew checked all of their equipment and continued to Roaring Camp in Felton. The minivan and SUV were towed from the scene.

Anyone who has information or who may have witnessed the collision is encouraged to contact SCPD at 831- 420-5820.

Railroad Crossing Awareness
-Trains and cars don't mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose.
-The train you see is closer and moving faster than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.
-Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. That's 18 football fields!
-Never drive around lowered gates — it's illegal and deadly.
-Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides.
-If your vehicle ever stalls on the tracks, get out and get away from the tracks, even if you do not see a train.