December 28, 2011

Update on Takeover of 75 River Street

Throughout the past 4-weeks, Santa Cruz Police Department investigators have worked tirelessly to identify those responsible for the takeover and vandalism of the vacant building located at 75 River Street on Wednesday November 30, 2011.  Much of the information regarding the identity of those responsible for the illegal entry and takeover was the direct result of information provided to SCPD by concerned community members after viewing photographs of the individuals responsible for participating in this incident.

Thus far, Santa Cruz Police Investigators have identified 13 individuals who are suspected of being responsible for planning, organizing and participating in these unlawful acts.  The names and other identifying information for these 13 people have been submitted to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office and arrest warrants have been requested in conjunction with this case.  We expect to begin making arrests as soon as the warrants are issued.  This is the first wave of names that have been submitted for arrest warrants.  As this investigation progresses, we expect to identify additional individuals who are responsible and we intend to hold them accountable for their unlawful actions as well.

The Santa Cruz Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in helping identify those responsible for this illegal takeover.  We would also like to encourage anyone who has information on the identity or whereabouts of anyone who was involved in this incident to contact Santa Cruz Police Investigations at (831) 420-5820.  You may leave an anonymous tip at (831) 420-5995.  You may also submit a tip using our iPhone app, or via our website by clicking here


Kevin Vogel
Chief of Police