On February 10: an officer was investigating a suspicious vehicle with two subjects passed out in the vehicle. Both subjects appeared under the influence of a controlled substance. One suspect was found to be in possession of over 9 grams of methamphetamine. The other suspect had a prescription bottle with a different name on the bottle. The officer confirmed the name on the bottle was recently a victim in a vehicle burglary. The officer then located a car full of property and began to investigate further. He found property stolen from Felton two weeks prior, and located six additional victims of vehicle burglary ranging from Watsonville, Castroville, and Monterey. The officer has already received a thankful letter from one of the victims whose property was recovered.

On February 7: the Presidio of Monterey reported a suspicious package at their Visitor Center. Dispatch gave a description of the male suspect and an officer realized he had contacted that subject thirty minutes prior. The officer broadcasted the suspect’s direction of travel and another officer was able to locate the suspect within minutes. The officers were able to communicate with POM PD and ultimately turned the suspect over to POMP D detectives.

On February 3: two officers were dispatched to an interrupted residential burglary. The victim entered her residence and found an unknown male running down the hallway towards her, and ran out the front door. The victim called us and a traffic unit arrived on scene within seconds and located the suspect. The victim positively identified the suspect and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

On December 5, 2018: an officer was dispatched to a man sitting in front of a building, yelling and harassing the owners of the building. Upon arrival the officer made contact with the man, and got him to move from the business. The officer stayed after to make sure the man didn’t return, and the owners were so impressed they wrote a letter to personally thank our officers for their hard work and professional demeanor.

On December 25, 2018: tow officers responded to a disturbance. Upon arrival, the officers discovered a male was checking on his friend who had dementia. The officers began corresponding with the female resident but couldn’t determine if she had fallen and wasn’t able to get to the door, because her responses were hard to understand due to her dementia. One officer was able to see through the blinds that the gas stove was turned on. Shortly thereafter the officers decided to force entry into the apartment, and once inside located the female on the other side of the door with a bookcase on top of her. The officers removed the bookcase, turned off the stove, and helped the female get the help she needed.

On December 26, 2018: During the early morning hours of 12/26/18 an officer was in a pursuit of a suspect of a restraining order violation. For safety reasons the pursuit was terminated. Later that morning the same suspect requested a manager at a hotel throw away a gun in his room. A different officer responded and began to investigate. The officer recovered a pellet gun and identification with the suspect’s picture on it. He dug deeper and found the named individual’s residence. When he went to the house and knocked no one answered, so the officer contacted a neighbor and found out the individual was deceased. On 1/2/19 the same officer was responding to a violation of restraining order call and saw the vehicle that was involved in the pursuit on 12/26/18. The suspect was arrested, and the officer was able to put together a case for identity theft of a deceased victim and a stalking case.

On October 25, 2018: Monterey Police Officers were dispatched to Hunter’s Supply sporting goods for a theft of a firearm. PRVNT immediately began to work the case, and began looking for video. Video was located and circulated to law enforcement and the Detectives identified a possible suspect that had prior mental health commitments. Investigations determined this could be a serious threat to the community and wouldn’t go home until they located the gun. They authored a search warrant for the suspect’s residence and were able to contact the suspect via phone and have him surrender without incident. Inside the residence they located the stolen handgun and 50 rounds of handgun ammo. This incident is a great example of an aggressive team approach, which prevented a future tragedy.

On October 17, 2018: MPD responded to a report of a boy who had smashed mailboxes and a vehicle using a baseball bat. After trying to calmly engage the boy, he rushed one of the officers and tried to attack him. The officers were able to restrain the boy while remaining calm and helping him. Bystanders at the apartment complex commended the officers for their professionalism in the way they confronted the situation.

On October 7, 2018: MPD received a report of an adult who had engaged in multiple unlawful sexual acts with a minor who was in protective custody. An MPD detective worked with CPS to conduct a forensic interview with the victim. The detective then authored a search warrant to obtain evidence and identified the suspect as a 26 year old man living in Kingsburg, CA. The detective worked with Kingsburg PD to locate and arrest the suspect. The suspect gave a full confession to the case as well as admitting to multiple other teenage victims. The arrest of this suspect not only brought justice to the 12 year old victim, but prevented countless other teens from being sexually assaulted.

On August 27, 2018: An MPD officer recovered suspicious property in the 800 block of Jessie St. The property included a laptop, stolen mail, and personal information for potential identity theft victims. Instead of forwarding the case to Investigations the officer decided to continue to thoroughly investigate the case and over the next several weeks contacted over a dozen potential victims, authored a search warrant, and arrested the suspect on another warrant for other charges.

On October 19, 2018: MPD was dispatched to a possible heroin overdose at Don Dahvee Park. Two of our officers arrived and found an unresponsive male. The officers immediately retrieved Narcan intranasal spray and administered the Narcan to the subject. Shortly thereafter the male regained consciousness. The officer’s quick reaction saved the life of this individual.

On October 18, 2018: One of our officers and 3 CSO’s participated in a Tip a Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics at California Pizza Kitchen. From bussing table to tossing pizza dough they worked for “tips” to donate to Special Olympics.

On September 4, 2018: An officer responded to a strong arm robbery which occurred at a downtown business. The employee attempted to stop the suspect but was battered and shoved to the floor. The officer broadcast the description of the suspect and minutes later another officer observed the suspect and took him into custody. The suspect had stolen merchandise on him and was positively identified by the victim. The teamwork of MPD led to the arrest and removal of a violent offender from the streets of Monterey.

On May 5, 2018: An MPD detective was called to investigate a smash and grab burglary. The detective was able to track down photos and information on the suspect from stolen credit cards. Through an intense investigative effort the detective identified both suspects as members of a well known criminal street gang based out of Oakland. The detective worked with surrounding agencies to located one of the suspects and take him into custody. The suspect is now in Monterey County jail waiting for sentencing for burglary, identity theft, and gang enhancement charges which will result in a much more significant sentence.

On September 7, 2018: A citizen wrote in to commend the SRO and the Monterey Police Department for the timely and professional response to Bay View Academy on September 7 when there were shots fired near campus.  With the help of the SRO all the staff knew who to contact, and how to quickly respond while keeping the campus safe.

On August 18, 2018: An officer responded to a physical domestic in progress. Upon arrival both parties had fled.  The officer worked for hours to track down the victim and documented the injuries. The suspect was ultimately located and arrested and held to answer on his charges.

On On August 5, 2018: An officer responded to a U-Haul casing Deer Flats in Monterey. The officer found the van and determined it was stolen out of San Jose.  The suspect was taken into custody and upon further investigation the officer located burglary tools, stolen property and narcotics. The officer also found the suspect was stealing mail all over the bay area and making false identification cards.

On March 17, 2018, MPD Patrol Officers were dispatched to a report of a home invasion robbery. An investigation led to the arrest of two suspects. On August 23, 2018, the suspects were found guilty and sentenced to two years in state prison.

On August 15, 2018 two Senior Police Services Technicians spent five hours completing the required California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (CLETS) entries for the weapons seized on August 1. CLETS is a high-speed message system that provides for the exchange of pertinent law enforcement and criminal justice agency information.

On August 1, 2018, a Monterey Police probation search of a local residence led to the arrest of two individuals for possession of illegal assault rifles, possession of destructive devices and explosive materials, additional drug-related charges; and the seizure of approximately 112 firearms and explosive devices.

MPD Community Service Officers (CSOs) visited the Whispering Pines Day Camp this summer. They showed the campers equipment used by police officers and assisted the campers in weekly crossings on Munras Avenue for field trips.Because of their assistance, all crossings went smoothly and safely.

In August, an MPD Senior Police Services Technician (SPST) was commended for assisting citizens with case sealings. The SPST researched the cases and the charges and verified the sealings.

On July 6, 2018, an MPD Patrol Officer investigated a case regarding a prowler who was harassing an ex-girlfriend. The officer utilized video camera evidence, put together a solid investigation and was able to get the suspect to come to the police station to discuss the incidents. The officer was able to get incriminating statements from the suspect, and the suspect was subsequently arrested and pled guilty to the crimes. The victim and family were very appreciative of the great job the officer did on this case.

On July 2, 2018, a Police Services Technician (PST) heard a radio call of a woman who was calling in to relate that she had escaped a kidnapping from Hollister and was somewhere in Monterey. The PST had earlier seen a flier listing the kidnap victim and related this information to the responding officers who were able to locate the kidnapping victim and bring her to safety.

On June 27, 2018 at 0304 hours, MPD officers were dispatched to 1700 block of Withers, reference a burglary in progress to the carport area. While units were en route, dispatch provided the description of the suspects and vehicle.

One officer immediately responded to the victim’s residence while the other officers conducted an area check for the suspects. Within minutes they located a vehicle matching the description exiting the Lighthouse tunnel. The officers performed a traffic stop and made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. They conducted an infield show-up and positively identified them as the burglars. Incident to the arrest, the officers located the victim’s stolen property, along with other property. This is an example of great investigative police work!

On June 24, 2018 at 0024 hours, dispatch advised that a person at Sly McFly’s had collapsed on the dance floor and citizens were attempting CPR on the patient.

An MPD officer immediately responded and was one of the first officers on scene and saw that numerous people were standing around trying, in vain, to give CPR to the man.  The Officer recognized the severity of the situation and cleared the civilians and took over CPR himself. The patient was lifeless and not breathing, nor did he have a pulse. It was clear he had suffered a major heart attack.

The fire department arrived on scene and urged the officer to continue CPR as they set up their medical equipment.Soon after the paramedics took over and transported him to CHOMP. We later received an update from CHOMP that the patient survived. The Officer’s quick thinking and decisive actions to render aid contributed to the patient’s survival. Great work!

On June 12, 2018 at 0415 hours an officer was on routine patrol when he observed a suspect that matched the description in the officer’s theft case. During the course of his investigation the officer was able to determine the suspect was not only the suspect in the initial theft case, but also the suspect in three cases of theft and fraud that our officers had been investigating. The suspect was arrested on various charges to include the original theft charge, fraud, drug charges, and a warrant from Santa Cruz. The officer’s keen observation and investigative skills led to the arrest and clearance of at least four separate cases. Great job!

On June 10, 2018 an officer took a theft report from the Hotel Pacific. A male suspect stole a cellular phone and a set of keys from behind the desk at the hotel. The officer took still images and created a be-on-the-lookout flyer.

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On April 9, 2018 officers responded to a call regarding a mentally disturbed subject who had stabbed himself in the foot. While en route they learned the subject was a retired soldier with PTSD and he was now trying to stab himself with a kitchen knife. The reporting party was the subject’s mother who was in the house with him.

Upon arrival the officers immediately asked the mother to exit the residence and escorted her to a safe zone, while the other officers on scene started communicating with the subject calmly using de-escalation techniques in order to safely apprehend the subject. He was then treated for his wounds and placed on a mental health evaluation hold. This was great police work, communication and outstanding teamwork from the Monterey Police Department.

On Friday March 16, 2018 the department received information on a subject who was responsible for numerous burglaries and vehicle thefts throughout Monterey County. Officers and detectives began investigating and conducting surveillance. With the assistance of PRVNT, a search warrant was authored and three subjects were subsequently arrested. A stolen vehicle and five stolen firearms were recovered.