SCPD would like to take the opportunity to celebrate, honor, and thank our incredible administrative staff for all they do every day mostly without recognition. So today, we want to recognize you all for your great contribution, all your work, and all the efforts you do to support the department.
On Friday, 4/21/17 at 10:27 pm, an alert Santa Cruz Police Officer patrolling on the east side neighborhoods observed a white Dodge Ram van with a 2017 registration sticker loosely attached to the license plate. A routine check of the license showed the registration expired in 2012, even though it was displaying a tab for 2017. Also, the registration history indicated the van was marked non-operational since 2012.
The officer followed the van while Dispatch was confirming the vehicle’s expiration. The van made a sudden turn and slowed at an intersection; it was apparent the brake lights were not illuminating properly. The officer conducted a vehicle stop in the 800 block of Hanover.
Bradley Kellman, 60 years old from Santa Cruz
The driver refused to identify himself or exit the van. He was uncooperative and stated he had a “right to travel.” The officer could see a large blade knife in the center console. While the officer was trying to calm him down, additional units responded and deployed spike strips in front of the tires of the van. Our K-9 Unit Officer recognized the suspect as Bradley Kellman, who has a history with local law enforcement. The Sergeant on duty was then able to talk the Mr. Kelleman into exiting the van.
Bradley Kellman, 60 years old, from Santa Cruz was on probation with active search terms for narcotics. He was driving while on a suspended license for DUI.
K-9 Luna conducted a narcotic search of the van and alerted to the presence of narcotics.
The subsequent search of the van resulted in: $1,405.00 in cash Packaging Material for drug sales 6.3 grams of Methamphetamine Electronic Scale Several knives CS Tear Gas
Mr. Kellman was arrested for probation violations, driving under suspended license transporting, selling and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
SCPD is dedicated to our community with ongoing efforts to keep Santa Cruz a safe place to live, work and raise a family.
Santa Cruz Police Detectives investigating a criminal complaint of statutory rape of a 14-year-old female led to the arrest of Shawn Michael Cox, 20 years old, Santa Cruz resident.
Shawn Cox, 20 years old, from Santa Cruz
SCPD would like to connect with anyone who may have received messages from Shawn Cox on social media.
Mr. Cox met the female juvenile via a social media site. Both Mr. Cox and the 14-year-old had a consensual sexual relationship over the two-week period. The juvenile was found out by a relative. The 14-year old and her family came forward to law enforcement about the relationship. Mr. Cox knew that the female juvenile was only in middle school when the relationship began.
On April 6th, Detectives used a ruse to set up a meeting with Mr. Cox. When Mr. Cox arrived at the designated meeting location, SCPD arrested him for several felony crimes. Due to the age of the juvenile victims and online pseudonyms, detectives required the time to follow up, identify and contact parents of potential juvenile victims in the investigation.
While Mr. Cox is in jail, Detectives continue to conduct extensive interviews and collect evidence that indicates he attempted multiple times to establish relationships with juveniles. Santa Cruz Police did locate one additional female juvenile victim. We believe there are more.
Mr. Cox was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation with a minor, and digital penetration with a minor, sodomy.
Thank you to the alert citizen for watching out for their neighborhood & calling 911.
Around 1:00 pm on 4/14/17, a concerned citizen reported two people who appeared to be passed out in a car parked in the 100 block of Blaine Street. SCPD Officers contacted two individuals slumped over inside a silver BMW. After knocking on the windows, Officers were eventually able to wake up the occupants. Drug paraphernalia was visible on the center console.
A search of the car led to an arrest. Officers found heroin, methamphetamine, cash, and additional drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
Officers also discovered a realistic looking BB handgun and a metal "slim jim" in the back of the car.
A "slim jim" is a thin metal tool used to unlock car doors without a key.
Officers arrested Paul Otey, 37 years old, from Santa Cruz for possession of heroin, methamphetamine, drug sales, and paraphernalia.
The Santa Cruz Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department at (831) 420-5820 or Anonymous Tip Line (831) 420-5995. Please continue to contact SCPD when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood.
Did you know that there is a week set aside every year, dedicated solely to showing appreciation to the hard-working dispatchers of departments across the country?
This morning, SCPD showed up at Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 bright and early with breakfast burritos and coffee for our dispatchers. SCPD appreciates all Dispatchers for the good work you do 24/7! It’s National Dispatcher Appreciation Week. SCPD Officers thanked them for their dedication to excellence.
Dispatchers are the ones behind the scene, who are often not recognized for their work. They are the people who answer when you dial 911 when you need help. They are the calm voice in a moment of need, and the ones who get the information to tell first responders where they are needed. SCPD salutes these unsung heroes.
The Santa Cruz Police Department would like to thank the men and women who serve as telecommunicators, call-takers, and technicians for their hard work and dedication.
SCPD is asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims of this suspected child molester.
Monday, April 10, 2017, Gerardo Garcia Gandara, age 53, of Santa Cruz, was arraigned on multiple counts of lewd acts with a minor and sexual penetration of a juvenile The arrest stemmed from allegations brought by Gandara's female relatives. The sexual abuse occurred in Santa Cruz while the children were in Gandara’s home on Chestnut Street starting in 1978 until 2007. The victim’s ages ranged from 3 years old to 11 years old.
Detectives investigated the allegations, contacted and arrested Gerardo Gandara on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Santa Cruz Police believe there are more victims of sexual abuse by Gerardo Gandara in the area. Detectives would like those victims or their family members to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department.
We are asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims with whom Gerardo Garcia Gandara may have had contact. Concerned parents and other victims, please call, the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5820.