The Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) and UC Santa Cruz Police Department (UCSCPD) document all reported crimes in the city and on campus. All information is provided by the SCPD and UCSCPD. We have chosen not to disclose the names of those involved because all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.
Woman found drunk at Porter College
April 16, 10:33 p.m. — A non-UCSC affiliated 18-year-old woman was arrested at Porter College after having been previously banned from campus residential areas. The woman was found to be under the influence of alcohol. The suspect was arrested for trespassing and public intoxication.
Non-students pulled over and cited
April 16, 2:55 p.m. — A non-UCSC affiliated 20-year-old man was cited for having an open container of alcohol and being in possession of marijuana while driving. The subject was then arrested for being under the influence of alcohol.
April 17, 6:14 p.m. — A non-UCSC affiliated 18-year-old man was cited for having an open container of alcohol, possessing marijuana while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt.
April 20, 1:27 p.m. — A 41-year-old non-UCSC affiliated man was arrested at Heller Drive at Kerr hall for possession of illegal knives on campus.
Man and dog shot on West Side
April 17, 7:15 p.m. — Officers responded to the area of Woodrow and Plateau Avenue for a subject who had been shot. Arriving officers found a 24-year-old Santa Cruz man and his dog suffering from multiple gunshot wounds a few blocks away. The victim was walking his dog when four or five men in a gold SUV confronted him and asked his gang affiliation. When the victim denied any gang affiliation, the suspects exited the SUV. One of the suspects pulled a handgun and fired four to five shots, striking the victim in his right thigh and upper torso. The victim’s dog was also struck with a bullet in its left paw. The suspects then fled in the gold SUV heading west on Plateau towards Almar Avenue. A passerby saw the victim and took him and his dog to a family member’s house nearby. The man was then flown to an out-of-county trauma center and his dog was taken to a emergency veterinary clinic. The suspect who pulled the trigger is described as a Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20s, with a shaved head wearing a blue T-shirt. Police believe the gold SUV to be a 1990s gold GMC or Chevy Suburban.
Suspected gang members arrested at Natural Bridges with loaded gun
April 19, 6:00 p.m. — A State Parks Ranger patrolling Natural Bridges’ main parking lot went to investigate two cars parked in a corner and four men loitering nearby. The Ranger smelled of marijuana and neither vehicle had paid the beach day use fee. When the men became uncooperative with the Ranger, backup of additional State Park Rangers and SCPD were called. When one man tried to get back inside one of the vehicles, Rangers searched it and found a loaded .357 Magnum Revolver. The 19-year-old Santa Cruz man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a loaded firearm, resisting arrest and gang participation. A 22-year-old man, also from Santa Cruz, was arrested on suspicion of gang participation and possessing a loaded firearm, and a 21-year-old Gerber resident was arrested on suspicion of giving false identification to a police officer and for an outstanding warrant for assault.