Chief Vogel has always insisted his command staff take an active role in the day-to-day operations of the organization. This equates to getting out on the street, responding to some calls, and actually catching bad guys. Chief Vogel did exactly this on the morning of January 24, 2013.
The Chief was in uniform driving a marked patrol car. He was patrolling the downtown area when he heard the call for service come over the radio. The call, a disturbance at New Leaf Market, involved an individual who had threatened store employees with coming back to shoot them. A description of the suspect was put out to the responding officers.
Chief Vogel was in the area and swung into action in an attempt to find the suspect. He spotted the suspect coming out of the Trader Joe’s store in the 700 block of Front Street. Within seconds, the suspect was in custody and a loaded 32 caliber handgun was retrieved from his pants pocket.
The suspect, 63 year old Don Lane (not to be confused with the Councilmember of the same name) from Santa Cruz, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail for being in possession of a concealed and loaded firearm, and making criminal threats to the store employees. Officers served a follow up search warrant at the suspect's residence in the 1300 block of Pacific Avenue for any additional weapons or ammunition. Nothing was found in the home.
Nice bit of handy work Chief!!