May 22, 2017

Weekend Highlights

Although the weather was warm and the crowds were large this weekend, most of the action occurred at the end of last week.

On Wednesday May 17th officers responded to a stabbing in the area of California and Otis St. The stabbing was the result of a road rage incident between a motorist and a bicyclist. The bicyclist was reported to be riding in and out of traffic on Mission St. When the motorist took exception to this, an altercation ensued. The victim suffered a non-life threatening stab wound and self-transported himself to Dominican Hospital.

The suspect was quickly identified as Nathan Becker of Santa Cruz. Becker was located the following day by the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office in the unincorporated area of Watsonville and taken into custody. Becker was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for attempted murder.

On Thursday May 18th officers responded to the 200 block of Ocean St for a subject armed with a rifle. The subject walked into a business, began rambling and brandished the rifle. Shortly after, the subject left the store and discarded the rifle at his residence nearby. Officers contacted the subject in the 300 block of Ocean St and was able to safely detain the subject. The subject was identified as John Oberg, a 58 year old Santa Cruz resident. Oberg gave officers consent to enter his home and confiscate a .22 caliber rifle.

Oberg was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail brandishing the rifle and disorderly conduct.

However, the weekend ended on a positive note, with Officer Cross being able to make this visitor extremely happy. Officer Cross found a wallet in the beach area, and after some good detective work, was able to reconnect the owner with her wallet.