October 11, 2018

Santa Cruz Police Arrest Suspect In Child Annoyance Case

MEDIA RELEASE: On Thursday, October 4, 2018, an unidentified male adult suspect approached several high school aged female victims on and around the campus of Santa Cruz High School and Downtown Santa Cruz. A total of 8 known victims, underage girls, as young as 14 years old have come forward describing similar child annoyance experience. The suspect would approach the girls unsolicited and then ask for their names, phone numbers and asked the girls out on dates.
Patrol Officers were able to positively identify the suspect as Kelsey Eisenman 23 years old from Santa Cruz. The teenage victims confirmed he was the man who followed and annoyed them. Detectives then obtained an arrest warrant for Kelsey Eisenman for eight counts of Child Annoying violation 647.6 of the Penal Code. The investigation also revealed that Mr. Eisenman has a prior arrest in 2016 for the same activity.

On Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Officer Mulvihill was conducting extra checks and recognized the suspect as he was walking in the downtown area. Officer Mulvihill contacted the suspect, who initially provided a false name. Officer Mulvihill confirmed Mr. Eisenman's true identity and arrested him on the warrant. While in custody, suspect Mr. Eisenman made spontaneous and incriminating statements regarding his conduct with the victims.

The Santa Cruz Police Department commends the Santa Cruz High School personnel for taking proactive steps and immediately notifying police of his presence and behavior on campus.

This case underscores the importance of the working relationship and full cooperation between Santa Cruz City Schools and the Police. SCPD School Resource Officer is on duty to ensure the safety of students and staff in our city schools.

Concerned parents and other victims, please call, the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5839 or email dwilliams@cityofsantacruz.com 

October 9, 2018

Santa Cruz Police and Fire Seeking Public’s Help to Identify Arson Suspect

The Santa Cruz Police are seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect in the attached photos. This suspect is responsible for felony vandalism at the Tannery Arts Center and setting two small fires in some nearby landscaping.
On August 22, 2018, around 4:44 a.m., Santa Cruz Police and Fire responded to 1100 block of River Street following the report of a small, suspicious fire within a landscaped area, across from the Tannery Arts Center. Santa Cruz Fire personnel arrived shortly after and found two small fires within the planted area. These small fires were quickly extinguished and caused only minor damage to the ground cover.
While conducting a follow-up investigation into the suspicious fires, police investigators were advised of a felony vandalism that had occurred within the Tannery Arts Center complex, at about the same time. Detectives were able to recover several security videos from the surrounding area, and upon viewing them, were able to confirm the same unidentified male suspect was responsible for both crimes.
The suspect seen in these videos is described as being a male adult with a medium to thin build.

Santa Cruz Police and Fire investigators have been unable to identify this male suspect positively, and are hoping someone from the community will recognize the suspect, and come forward with information.

Anyone with information on the identity of the individual or details surrounding this incident contact Detective Pendleton at 831-420-5832 or email spendleton@cityofsantacruz.com; Investigations Unit 831- 420-5820. Tips can also be sent online.

October 4, 2018

Child Annoying Suspect Arrested SANTA CRUZ POLICE Seeks Help Identifying Additional Victims Who Were Photographed

Santa Cruz Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims of this annoying child suspect.
Christopher Swanson was seen near Santa Cruz High School campus several times by a female student who said Christopher Swanson had photographed her buttocks as well as other students’ buttocks. This quick thinking teen snapped a picture of the suspect and notified the Santa Cruz Police Department.

Detectives investigated the allegations and contacted Christopher Swanson, 29 years old from Santa Cruz. He was arrested on Thursday, October 4, 2018.
When interviewed by Detectives, Mr. Swanson admitted to secretly photographing and videoing females’ buttocks for the purpose of sexual gratification. Swanson admitted that he perceived some of these females to be as young as 16. Swanson also admitted to doing this at Santa Cruz High, the Santa Cruz Main Beach and, Downtown Santa Cruz.

A search of Swanson’s phone was conducted and there were numerous photos and videos recovered from the phone. Many of these images appeared to be secretly taken photos and videos of females’ buttocks. Many of the females appeared to be high school age.

Santa Cruz Police believe there may be more victims who were unknowingly photographed and videoed by Christopher Swanson in the City of Santa Cruz. If you had any contact with the suspect or observed his behavior, contact Detective Williams.

We are asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims with whom Christopher Swanson may have had contact. Concerned parents and other victims, please call, the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5839 or email dwilliams@cityofsantacruz.com 

October 2, 2018

Cold Case Anniversary Unsolved Homicide of Samuel Marroquin

COLD CASE: Today marks the 1st anniversary of the Samuel Marroquin unsolved homicide.
On 10/02/17 Officers responded to an unconscious male on the San Lorenzo River Levee near the Broadway Bridge in Santa Cruz. Officers located Samuel Marroquin with multiple gunshot wounds who died at the scene.

Detectives are still looking for any leads or further information regarding the murder of Samuel Marroquin.

If you have information about this case, please contact Santa Cruz Police Department Detective Fincutter at efincutter@cityofsantacruz.com or 831-420-5820

Other SCPD cold cases documented on SCPD Cold Case web page. Even if you have second- or third-hand information about what happened in a case, it may be the missing piece of the puzzle that helps us to solve the mystery. https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/police/cold-cases

September 24, 2018

Celebrate National Coffee with A Cop Day - Wednesday, Oct 3rd 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Starbucks, 745 Ocean Street.

Celebrate National Coffee with A Cop Day by sitting down with Chief Mills and members of his senior staff over coffee on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
SCPD Coffee with Cop events have the mantra of no agenda and no speeches – keep it simple, keep it transparent, and keep it real.

Join us after work on Wednesday, Oct 3rd 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Starbucks, 745 Ocean Street. There's plenty of parking available for this event in the county lot next door.

"National Coffee with A Cop Day is all about bringing police and citizens together to discuss community issues and build relationships said, Chief Mills. “We thank Starbucks for hosting us and look forward to meeting with community members to discuss whatever is on their minds.”

Residents and those who work in the city are encouraged to stop by for complimentary coffee, caffeinated and decaf courtesy of Starbuck.

Coffee with a Cop is hosted several times each year in various locations throughout the city.

September 18, 2018

We are looking for volunteers!

Santa Cruz Police invites you to partner with police to do something positive about today’s crime problems and contribute to our community! We can accept up to 10 new participants for a new volunteer program that will start training the week of Oct 15th from 5-9pm
Our Goal: To form a partnership where trained volunteers can enhance and support the department, freeing up officers and staff for higher priority duties by placing volunteers in rewarding activities which utilize their experience and talents. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 8 hours a month.

Some of the volunteer duties include conducting security checks in neighborhoods and commercial business centers, distributing crime alert bulletins, conducting vacation home security checks, working at special events, enforcing handicapped parking violations, and helping the department with a variety of other tasks. We are especially interested in volunteers to work patrol as the "eyes and ears" for the department, and for our You Are Not Alone (YANA) Program, a telephone reassurance program for our community’s elderly or disabled.

If you are interested in joining the inaugural Volunteer Team, email bthurman@cityofsantacruz.com or call (831) 420-5989.
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September 13, 2018

De-escalation Training Geared For Civilians - Sign Up Now For Free Class on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00

Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do? The De-Escalation Preparedness Training is on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM The seminar free and open to the public. 20 spot available for this popular seminar. Pre-registration is required. Click the following link to sign up. https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/de-escalation-training-registration

Ask yourself, what would, could or should you do when a person in crisis or mental distress crosses your path? The training emphasizes the importance of situational awareness, de-escalation, and self-protection in real-world crisis scenarios related to workplace and community interactions. The seminar is open to the public. The location of this presentation is the Santa Cruz Police Community Room, 155 Center Street. SCPD 
hosts the third in a series of free de-escalation preparedness presentation, titled Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. 

"Unfortunately, we see the threat of agitated individuals in businesses, on the streets and in schools becoming more prevalent," said Chief Andrew Mills. "Being prepared, knowing how to respond, and understanding the signs of a potential threat of violence before an incident occurs is now a necessity.”

The Santa Cruz Police Department offers a free presentation to the public titled, The Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do? Designed to educate and empower attendees with information to help them recognize, prepare for, and respond to a person in crisis to de-escalate the situation. The seminar on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM is free and open to the public – but pre-registration is required. To register, sign up online, click here https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/de-escalation-training-registration
Participants learn through various crisis situations, the effects of fear-induced stress on the mind and body, how to choose the correct response, and tips on how to prevent an incident from happening. “The response methodology we teach can be utilized in any situation and is a simple, straightforward approach that is easy to understand,” stated Lieutenant Christian Le Moss, who will conduct the presentation.

Santa Cruz Police Department is very proactive in training our City employees, school district staff, private schools, places of worship and businesses in our community for workplace violence and active shooter scenarios. We now offer this crisis intervention training to our residents.

De-escalation Training For Civilians
Crisis Intervention: What Would You Do?
Tuesday, Septemeber 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Seminar free and open to the public - Pre-registration is required. Click here, 

About The Presenters: SCPD Lieutenant Christian Le Moss and Sergeant Carter Jones are certified instructors in defensive tactics, trained in de-escalation techniques and communication skills necessary for dealing with people in a mental health crisis. They provide workplace violence training and active shooter preparedness training to citizens, businesses, First Responders and Law Enforcement.