Monterey County fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire in Soledad early Saturday morning. Firefighters arrived at about 2 a.m. to the 600 block of North Street to find a home engulfed in flames. The fire was prevented from spreading to nearby homes and was knocked down in about 30-minutes. No one was injured and officials estimate damages at 80-thousand dollars. Police are calling the fire “arson” and believe it was started in an effort to cover up a burglary. Investigations continue.
A suspect in a Seaside weekend fatal stabbing, confessed committing the crime to police. Officers responded Sunday to an apartment complex on the 900-block of Hilby Avenue at 4:40 p.m., when they found the suspect Etelberto Vasquez-Zapata at the scene. Police say the man confessed to the stabbing after he was identified by multiple witnesses. Vasquez-Zapata was booked into Monterey County jail.
A father and son were arrested in Santa Cruz County last week on attempted murder and weapon possession charges. On Wednesday, police arrested 39-year old John Thomas Jr. after responding to an attempted car jacking just before 7 p.m. on the 100-block of Bixby Street. A 46-year old man and 3 of his family members were parked and about to get out of their car, when Thomas approached them armed with a revolver when he demanded entry into their vehicle. A verbal altercation ensued prior to Thomas pointing the gun at the victim. Thomas was later located on Ocean Street where he was arrested on charges including carjacking, attempted homicide, and felon in possession of a firearm. The next day police arrested Thomas's son 21-year old Brandon Thomas on weapon and gang charges after serving a search warrant at a home on the 300-block of Soquel Avenue.
A WATSONVILLE MAN WAS SHOT IN THE BACK WHILE RIDING A BICYCLE SATURDAY NIGHT. POLICE SOURCES SAY THE INCIDENT OCCURRED BY 5TH AND RODRIGUEZ STREETS AROUND 7 P-M, WHEN A CAR DROVE UP BEHIND A MAN ON A BICYCLE AND SHOT HIM IN THE BACK. THE 28 YEAR OLD VICTIM WAS AIRLIFTED TO A TRAUMA CENTER. THE SHOOTING IS BEING DESCRIBED AS GANG MOTIVATED. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE INCIDENT IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE WATSONVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
A SOQUEL MAN, WHO WAS CONVICTED OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN 1985,WAS DENIED PAROLE ON THURSDAY. 52 YEAR OLD GLENN THOMAS GARVIN, WAS SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR STABBING A FRESNO MAN TO DEATH AT A PARTY IN BEACH FLATS. THE PAROLE BOARD AT CALIFORNIA STATE PRISON, SOLANO, RULED THAT GARVIN FAILED TO DEMONSTRATE ENOUGH INSIGHT INTO HIS CRIME AND STILL POSED A THREAT TO SOCIETY. THERE WILL BE ANOTHER HEARING ON THIS MATTER IN FIVE YEARS
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