April 18, 2014

Help Us Find These Suspects Who Attacked An 86 Year Old Woman

OK Santa Cruz....We need you to step up BIG TIME on this one.  Video below. 

We need help identifying and locating these suspects.  These teens attacked an 86 year old woman knocking her down and trying to take her purse.  Our victim sustained serious injuries, including a broken pelvis.  We need to find these two!! 

On Wednesday April 16th, at approximately 8:40 PM, a strong arm robbery attack occurred on Center Street near Church Street.  The attack involved two males in their mid to late teens knocking down an 86 year old woman and attempting to take her purse.  The males were not successful in getting the purse and eventually ran away. 

The victim and her husband were walking home south on Center street after having dinner at a local restaurant.  The two suspects approached from the opposite direction.  The suspects ran at the victim knocking her to the ground.  While the victim was knocked to the ground, the suspects attempted to take her purse.  The victim had her purse strapped over her head and the suspects were unable to take the purse off the victim. 

Unsuccessful at taking the purse, the suspects fled northbound on Center Street. 

Detectives scoured the area for video evidence from businesses and homes in the area.  Video of the suspects after the attack was located at the City Hall complex.  Here is the video

I know.... I know the video is really grainy and lousy, but it is what we have and we're doing what we can to enhance it.  You can also catch the video on the police department's YouTube channel.  The suspect's description is as follows:

White or Hispanic Males.  Mid to late teens, dark hair. 

Both suspects were wearing shorts.  One suspect had a white T-shirt with a small logo on the left chest and a larger logo on the back, depicted here.  

The second suspect is thought have been wearing a blue and white checkered shirt which he appears to have removed after the attack.  You can see him in the background of the above picture.    

The victim has been undergoing medical treatment and care at Dominican Hospital.  Detectives are working with her for the possibility of developing a sketch of the suspect(s).    We will release a sketch if and when it becomes available. 

Anyone with information, or who might have seen these suspects in and around the downtown or Center Street area are encouraged to call the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5820.  Individuals can also submit anonymous tips via our Tipline (831) 420-5995, our smartphone app, or our Website www.santacruzpolice.com. 

April 17, 2014

FREE Gun Locks Distributed at SCPD

For those that choose to own a firearm, proper storage and safety of that weapon is of paramount importance!   

To help with that, the Police Department is giving away FREE child safety gun locks and gun safety brochure.  That’s right.....FREE. 

You can pick up a FREE gun lock and gun safety brochure at our lobby Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  We will give you as many as you need.   

Did we mention they are......say it with me - FREE!    

The gun locks and brochures are provided in collaboration with Project Childsafe.  For more information on the safe handling and storage of firearms, visit their Website at:

If you choose to own a firearm…..Please help promote responsibility and safe gun ownership. 

April 15, 2014

SCPD Officers Honored For Their DUI Enforcement

Officer Ryan Kiar 
 Officer Brad Burruel

Santa Cruz Police Officers Ryan Kiar and Brad Burruel were recognized today at an award ceremony in Monterey for their DUI enforcement efforts. 

The recognition ceremony was a collaborative effort by the State of California Office of Traffic Safety and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).  The ceremony honored police officers from around the Central Coast for taking impaired drivers off of our streets and saving innocent lives that may have otherwise been lost when these impaired drivers become involved in deadly traffic collisions. 

Just to give a little perspective, we are not even 1/3 of the way into the year and the Santa Cruz Police Department has already arrested 51 drunk drivers since January.  Each one is potentially a serious collision waiting to happen.  Unfortunately, those numbers usually increase during the spring and summer months. 

You can help us by reporting drunk drivers, taking the keys, and designating a driver.     

Officers Kiar and Burruel were among honorees from Central Coast law enforcement agencies.  They were joined at the ceremony by Deputy Chief Rick Martinez and Lieutenant Dan Flippo.  Here they all are in the picture I cropped above :-) 

Please join the entire staff of the Santa Cruz Police Department in congratulating Officers Ryan Kiar and Brad Burruel! 

April 11, 2014

Phone Scams Once Again Making Their Way into Santa Cruz.

The latest case involved a remake on the ol’, “Your grandchild is in jail and needs bail money” scheme.   The caller impersonated a San Jose Police Officer, and ever-so courteously instructed the victim on how to use a prepaid cash/credit card from GreenDot.com. 

We have also recently heard of individuals calling and impersonating an IRS Agent asking for back-owed taxes, etc. 

The common thread in all of these scams is a request for payment through a prepaid cash/credit card or a Western Union money transfer. 

Here are some good general rules go to by EVERY TIME:
  • If the caller demands payment by phone….High likelihood it is a SCAM
  • If the caller wants payment using a prepaid cash/credit card…..Hang Up – It is a SCAM
  • If the caller wants payment via a Western Union Moneygram or other money wire service…Hang Up – It is a SCAM
These callers are unscrupulous.  Among their favorite target are the elderly.  They will call repeatedly and oftentimes berate the victim.  Simply inform them that you have made note of their number, and are recording the call to turn over to the police.  You have our permission to record such calls for evidentiary purposes.  Then, follow up with a call to the police department to report this.    

If someone tries to use the bail money scheme, remember, you can call the custody facility and verify the information through their booking unit.  Don’t use the phone number the scammer gives you.  Look up the actual number on their Webpage, compare it to the one given, and the call the number listed on their Webpage. 

Be safe and let’s not make it easy for the crooks! 

April 7, 2014

Hula's Island Grill Donating Mahalo Mondays in April to Butch & Elizabeth

Time to get your Tiki on!!!  Mahalo Monday at Hula’s Island Grill is benefiting Sergeant Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler this month. 

Each month, the amazing ownership at Hula’s Island Grill benefits a different cause.  For April, Hula’s chose the Santa Cruz Police Department and Sergeant Butch Baker & Detective Elizabeth Butler. 

Here’s how it works….eat dinner at Hula’s any Monday night this month and a portion of the proceeds will be donated.  Not only is Hula’s an awesome place to eat, but each Monday you will benefit a local cause.  That’s a legitimate Win-Win.    
We will plan to put the money towards the final bills for the memorial garden, and distribute the rest directly to Butch’s widow Kelly Baker, and Elizabeth’s surviving partner and father of their children, Peter Wu. 

Come on out and enjoy some great food and support a great local business.  Hula's Island Grill is located at 221 Cathcart Street in Downtown Santa Cruz.  

Thank You Hula’s.