A 31-year old Salinas man was arrested after he was found in possession of methamphetamine and burglary tools this week. Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies say they contacted Jason Stephens Wednesday at around 8:45 p.m. while he was parked behind America’s Best Value Inn on the 1,000 block of Fairview Avenue. Stephens, who was out on bail on another case, was booked into Monterey County Jail.
A 29-year old man was arrested in Watsonville yesterday on gun possession charges. Just before 7 p.m., a police officer was driving in the area of Freedom and Davis Avenue when he spotted a suspected stolen vehicle. The officer approached the vehicle once it pulled into the K-mart parking lot and stopped, and attempted to contact the driver, when police say Luis Miguel Arredondo fled on foot. During a brief foot chase Arredondo brandished a gun and tossed it into the drive thru lane of the Jack in the box restaurant. Arredondo was apprehended. Police discovered the gun was stolen out of the City of Santa Cruz. Meanwhile, the car he was driving was not.
The Seaside police Department received the green light this week to begin installing a surveillance system that will be used to fight crime. Council members approved the decision during a meeting last night. Approval comes after the city received an anonymous check for $100,000 specifically for the program. Seaside Police Chief Vicki Myers says the cameras will help officers identify crime vehicles along with their drivers and passengers. The four cameras are expected to be installed within the month in public places.
A Seaside man working as a private security guard in Monterey was arrested on rape charges this week. The investigation stemmed from a December 30th incident when 26-year old Daniel Lee Bell was on duty as a uniformed guard patrolling apartment complexes in Monterey County in a marked security vehicle, when he reportedly contacted a woman and her male companion who were walking home from a local bar. Police say Bell escorted the woman to her home and that’s when the assault took place. He is being held at the Monterey County jail on a $150,000 warrant.
A MAN WAS STABBED DURING A ROBBERY IN SANTA CRUZ EARLIER IN THE WEEK. POLICE SOURCES SAY THAT AROUND 7:40 TUESDAY NIGHT, ON THE 5-HUNDRED BLOCK OF FREDERICK STREET A 31 YEAR OLD MAN WAS CONFRONTED BY 2 MEN WEARING HANDKERCHIEFS DEMANDING MONEY. THE VICTIM STATED HE HAD 1 DOLLAR AND AFTER HE HANDED IT OVER TO THE ROBBERS HE WAS BEATEN AND STABBED. THE SUSPECTS THEN FLED ON FOOT. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO AN AREA HOSPITAL WITH NONE LIFE THREATENING WOUNDS. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION IS URGED TO CONTACT THE SANTA CRUZ POLICE DEPARTMENT.
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