April 24, 2016

SCPD Traffic Section Works Hard To Make Your Roads Safer

SCPD Traffic Section patrolled in a multi-agency operation this week to target unsafe drivers and cyclists.
In one shift alone, 125 citations were issued for a variety of infractions. The top 3 cites were; cars speeding, cyclists running through stop sign & red lights, and drivers running stop signs.


The entire operation was conducted in an area heavily populated by pedestrians.  This enforcement effort also had a side benefit through an awareness and education for those commuting through neighborhood and school pathways.
This little guy gave our SCPD Traffic Sgt. the best Hi-Five of the day! 
SCPD Traffic Section were partnered with UCSC PD, Capitola PD and CHP Santa Cruz during this targeted traffic enforcement.

If you have a traffic concern in your neighborhood, click here to send a message directly to our SCPD Traffic Section. 
The Santa Cruz Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety.

April 18, 2016

Vandalism Suspect Breaks Hole In Glass Door and Climbs Out

Believe it or not this video caught a vandalism suspect who broke a hole in a glass door. Watch him as he climbs out of the hole and runs away!
On Sunday 4/17/16 at approximately 11:30 pm, SCPD responded to a report from concerned citizen about a person breaking a hole through a glass door from INSIDE a store on the 400 block of Front Street. While one witness was on the phone with 911, another witness had the calm presence of mind to video the suspect’s escape through the broken glass door with a cell phone. After the suspect crawled out of the hole in the door, he ran northbound on Front Street.
Anthony Starr, 20 years old, transient from Santa Cruz
The next morning SCPD Officers found the suspect Anthony Starr, 20 years old, transient from Santa Cruz sleeping in a doorway on Soquel and Front St. Mr. Starr had several blood stains on the outside on his jacket and a fresh cut on his right hand. When Mr. Starr woke up he claimed that he had dreamed about being locked in a store and having to break glass to get out. The Officer advised him it was not a dream.

Anthony Starr was arrested for felony vandalism.

April 13, 2016

Surf City Exchange Club Honors Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year



Congratulations to Detective Dan Forbus and Firefighter Matt Haut.  Both were honored at the annual Blue and Gold Banquet hosted by the Surf City Exchange Club on Friday night at the CPDES Hall. 

Police and Fire teams were treated to a great dinner, great company and great entertainment by our host.  Special thanks go to out Steve Arnold and Johnny Fabulous. 
Steve Arnold and Johnny Fabulous Headlining the Show
This marked the 4th year that the Surf City Exchange Club has honored us with the Blue and Gold banquet.

The recipients of this award are selected by their peers at their respective departments.  Firefighter Matt Haut was recognized by his peers for his tireless service to our community.  Not only is he a paramedic on the Engine, Matt is a certified rescue swimmer, Fireboat Pilot, and SWAT Medic.  All of these roles requires years of dedicated training and expertise.  Congratulations Matt!

Firefighter Matt Haut Accepts His Well-Deserved Award
Detective Dan Forbus is a highly skilled investigator and oftentimes at the heart of the major and most serious cases affecting the Santa Cruz community.  Dan is a Santa Cruz local with a family tradition steeped in law enforcement by his father retired Deputy Don Forbus and his older brother Sergeant Dave Forbus. 

Sergeant Dave Forbus proud of his brother Dan

In addition to his experience from numerous assignments at the police department, Dan excels as a teacher and mentor.  Dan gives back to the community by working with high school students as a Criminal Justice ROP instructor.  He also volunteers to teach in the department’s PRIDE Program, Teen Public Safety Academy and Citizen’s Academies.  

In nominating him for the award, Dan’s peers described him as dedicated, hard-working, leads by example, the first to lend a hand, always looking to better himself and those around him.   Pretty impressive praise from an amazing group of peers.  

We had a ton of fun throughout an evening filled with friendship, camaraderie, laughter and hijinks.   
Special thanks to our own Steve Pendleton who worked hard to help coordinate the efforts.  Apparently, he was also in charge of selfie-patrol:
Steve with the Records Team

Steve with Joyce

Steve with the Chief
Thank you Surf City Exchange Club, for your generosity and dedication to public safety.

Since the formation of the first Exchange Club in 1911, in Detroit, the Exchange Clubs have been dedicated to service and strong social values.  Our very own Surf City Exchange Club includes in their mission statement, “To make our community a better place to live”.   Thank You Exchange Club for all you do.    

April 12, 2016

Help us Identify This Stabbing Suspect

The Santa Cruz Police Department is trying to identify the suspect and his female companion shown in the video below.  

The suspect is wearing the white shirt and black pants.  He is described as a Hispanic Male Adult, 23 - 29 years old, approx 5 feet 10 inches.  His hair is described as black and worn in a long mullet style.  

The female companion is seen walking across the frame ahead of the suspect.  She is wearing the blue cap, blue shirt and blue pants.  She is carrying something in her hands. 
  • The suspect follows his female companion, walking northbound on Riverside Avenue. 
  • The suspect appears to be having a verbal exchange with someone behind him.  
  • The suspect walks across the screen and out of view.  
  • The victim appears on screen following the suspect.  
  • The suspect reappears at time counter 20:44:57 and stabs the victim in what looks like a punch to the stomach.   

The victim was eventually transported to the hospital by his companions.  He is recovering at a Bay Area trauma center.  Initially, they reported the stabbing occurred in the County.  Officers were able to track down the actual location and eventually obtained this video.  

WARNING - Violent Content
Although not graphic, the video does show the victim being stabbed in what looks like a punch.  

If you recognize the suspect or his companion please call SCPD Investigations at (831) 420-5820. Refer to Case #16S-02950. 


Citizen Tip and a Car Stop Lead to a Recovered Gun and Arrest



On Friday night April 8th at approximately 11:20 PM, patrol officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of La Fonda Ave and Prospect Heights.   Officers located this car that matched the description driving through the area. 

A routine check of the license showed the registration expired in May 2015, even though it was displaying a tab for 2016.  Officers stopped the car in the 800 block of Prospect Heights to investigate. 

During the stop, it was determined the driver had a suspended driver’s license.  Both the driver and one of his two passengers were on probation with active search terms. 

Officers also contacted Mr. Denzel Sumpter who was a passenger in the right rear seat of the car.  Mr. Sumpter was uncooperative and continually fidgeted with his pockets and waistband of his pants.  As officers attempted to pat-search Mr. Sumpter, he broke away and ran from them.  Officers caught Mr. Sumpter near Morrissey Blvd and Prospect Heights.  During the struggle, Mr. Sumpter discarded a firearm that landed in the middle of the street. 

After a prolonged struggle, officers took Mr. Sumpter into custody and recovered the firearm. 

The firearm is a Kel Tec 9mm handgun.  Officers noticed the serial number had been partially removed from the firearm as shown here:


Back at the vehicle, Officers located several rounds of 9mm ammunition and an extended magazine for the firearm.  Officers also seized a small amount of marijuana from the car. 



The driver of the car was cited for driving on a suspended driver’s license and the car was towed.  

Mr. Denzel Sumpter, (23 years old - Oakland resident) was booked into County Jail for charges related to possession of the firearm including the illegal magazine and serial number that had been removed.  He was also charged with resisting arrest. 

April 6, 2016

Attempted Sexual Assault – Suspect Arrested

On Tuesday April 5, 2016 at approximately 9:47 am, Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to a report of an attempted sexual assault that had just occurred at Walgreens on 201 Front Street. A male suspect pulled a female employee into the bathroom and attempted to sexually assault her. The 25 year old victim was able to fight back by punching and kicking the assailant. The victim’s screams for help eventually got the attention of another store employee who came to assist. The suspect attacker then fled from the store. The victim suffered injuries to her hand from fighting off the suspect.
 Image from store security camera 
As Officers arrived, the victim provided a detailed description of the attacker. Store security cameras also captured images of the suspect. The description and photo immediately went out to the team of Santa Cruz Police Officers who had secured a perimeter. Several Officers were familiar with the suspect and quickly identified him as Billy Patton.
Billy Patton, 34 years old, transient from Santa Cruz
Within 15 minutes, a Santa Cruz Police Traffic Officer located suspect Billy Patton on the San Lorenzo Levee under the Broadway Bridge. Billy Patton, 34 years old, transient from Santa Cruz was detained without incident.
The investigation revealed that Patton created a ruse when he asked to use the store bathroom. As the employee keyed in the code to open the door, Patton pushed her into the bathroom and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim fought off the suspect by punching and kicking him. Billy Patton fled when a second employee responded to her screams for help.

Billy Patton was arrested for assault with intent to commit rape, false imprisonment with force, sexual battery and burglary. Detectives obtained a bail increase to $250,000 for Mr. Patton.
Our investigation discovered that Mr. Patton had been released from the Santa Clara County Jail on Monday April 4, 2016 less than 24 hours before this attack. Mr. Patton has a history of arrest by the Santa Cruz Police Department on charges including assault to commit rape, stalking, false imprisonment with force, illegal weapons and drug violations.

April 1, 2016

Theft From a Parked Car in Broad Daylight – Suspect Arrested



Great teamwork by SCPD Officers and Detectives results in the arrest of a repeat theft suspect.

On March 24, 2016 a car was broken into on the second floor of the two story parking lot at Cedar and Church Streets.  The suspect took several items, including a handgun, legally stored in a lock box inside the trunk.  The theft happened brazenly in broad daylight with many people passing-by, on foot and in cars.

The theft was captured on video here:

Watch as the suspect enters the screen from the right and gets into the gold sedan.  After rifling through the interior, he pops open the trunk and takes more items.  He closes the trunk and casually walks away.   The video has been edited to shorten the viewing time.  The actual elapsed time is about 3 minutes. 

An image of the suspect was captured on another video camera shown here:
Officer Chris Galli downloaded the image and put out a BOL (Be on the Lookout) for the theft suspect.

On March 26th, Officer Caitlin McBride recognized the suspect and spotted him in the 300 block of Ocean Street.  Officer McBride contacted our suspect, Mr. Nathan Dickerson, 23 years old from Santa Cruz and took the photo below.  Unfortunately, the contact with Mr. Dickerson was abbreviated as she had to break away for another higher priority call.

The information was forwarded to Detective Damon Williams who picked up the case and completed the follow up.  Detective Williams distributed a bulletin with Probable Cause to arrest Mr. Dickerson.  Mr. Dickerson was spotted by Officer Dave Albert on March 28th on Pacific Ave.  Mr. Dickerson was arrested without incident.

Mr. Dickerson no longer had the stolen firearm in his possession, and he refused to indicate what might have become of it. 

Mr. Dickerson has a long history of arrests by agencies in our County.  Since January 2015, Mr. Dickerson has been arrested 11 times.  Among the charges are theft, possession of stolen property, possession of drugs, vehicle burglary and tampering with a vehicle.

In fact, Mr. Dickerson had been arrested just 4 weeks prior to this case when he was found in possession of a wallet and prescription pills stolen from a car in the 100 block of West Cliff Drive.  Due to Prop. 47 mandates, officers had to release Mr. Dickerson after giving him a citation for the possession of stolen property.

In the current case, Mr. Dickerson was arrested for Theft, and Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.