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.



Man arrested for resisting arrest, giving false name to police

May 18, 9:44 p.m. — A 20-year-old not affiliated with UCSC was arrested at the Family Student Housing bus stop on Heller Drive for public intoxication, resisting arrest, and giving a false name to a police officer.


Man arrested for allegedly trying to hit pedestrians after chase near AMGEN Bike Race route

May 18, 4:45 p.m. — Officers were flagged down with reports of a green minivan driving erratically, possibly with the intention of hitting people. Officers spotted the vehicle near the AMGEN Tour of California bike race route and attempted to stop the driver. The driver, a 40-year-old Santa Cruz man, refused to stop, and led officers on a low-speed chase on the Westside. Numerous SCPD units were on-duty because of the recent race and were able to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped at Mission Street and Miramar Avenue. Officers determined that the driver was under the influence of methamphetamine. They found two BB guns, along with several masks and wigs in the vehicle. He was booked on driving under the influence of drugs, felony evading police, and drug possession.

Two men arrested at downtown drum circle

May 12, 3:43 p.m. — During a drum circle at the Farmer’s Market downtown, an officer saw two men snorting an unknown substance in the parking lot. Police arrested the men. A 20-year-old Santa Cruz transient was booked for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and an outstanding warrant. The second man, a 42-year-old Santa Cruz resident, was booked for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Car set on fire, tires slashed

May 18, 4:32 a.m. — Officers responded to the 100 block of Handley Street for a reported vehicle fire. The vehicle and two others in front of the residence were found ablaze and had their tires slashed. SCPD has no leads for possible suspects.

Vandals mark downtown with graffiti

May 19, 10:00 a.m. — Officers patrolling downtown noticed graffiti spray-painted on 12 business on Pacific Avenue, Cedar Street, Church Street, and Locust Street, as well as two with etchings in the glass of front windows. SCPD determined that one of the tags is part of a graffiti tag crew that has committed various acts of graffiti vandalism throughout the city and county. Police are looking at video surveillance to identify the suspects. The clean up cost is estimated between $2,000 and $3,000.