On April 4, 2018 at approximately 11:39 a.m., the Monterey Police Department, the Monterey Fire Department, and Monterey County Hazmat responded to the Portola Plaza Hotel, at Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, regarding a possible hazmat exposure. Upon arrival, it was determined someone had discharged a substance consistent with Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) pepper spray inside one of the hotel rooms. Several employees were exposed to the spray and went to a local hospital for treatment.
On February 17, 2018 at 12:25 P.M. Monterey Police Officers responded to a report of a strong armed robbery at the Del Monte Shopping Center at 1401 Munras Avenue in Monterey. The elderly victim reported she was walking on foot when she was approached from behind by the suspect who grabbed her purse. The suspect forcefully pulled the purse from the victim knocking her to the ground. The suspect was with another male and both fled the area and were not located. They were described as two black males possibly in their teens or twenties. The victim later required medical attention as a result of the fall for moderate injuries.
On February 26, 2018 the Monterey Police Department investigated a strong armed robbery that occurred at Macy’s in the Del Monte Shopping Center at 1410 Munras Avenue in Monterey. The suspect in that case attempted to steal merchandise from the store and was involved in a physical altercation with store loss prevention employees before escaping. Witnesses observed the suspect fleeing in a BMW SUV which had been previously reported stolen out of Monterey on February 16, 2018. Upon reviewing video surveillance from the store, officers identified the suspect as Christopher Watts, 51 of Salinas.
On March 7, 2018 at approximately 7:43 pm, Monterey Police Officers responded to a report of a battery in the 300 block of Alvarado Street. A male allegedly punched the victim in the head and knocked the victim to the ground. The suspect left the scene prior to police arrival. The victim was transported to CHOMP for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
On November 29, 2017 at 1:27am, two unidentified males committed an armed robbery of the Motel 6 located at 140 Kern St, Salinas. At 5:27am, a second robbery was committed at the 7-11 located at 320 Reservation Rd, Marina. At 6:52am, a third robbery was committed at the 76 gas station, 1600 Fremont Blvd, Seaside.
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