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CoinOn 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.

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05 April 2018
04/04/2018: Response to Hazmat Incident

04/04/2018: Response to Hazmat Incident

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.

26 March 2018
03/26/2018: Robbery Arrests

03/26/2018: Robbery Arrests

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.

23 March 2018
03/22/2018: Robbery, Stolen Property, Firearms Arrests

03/22/2018: Robbery, Stolen Property, Firearms Arrests

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.

08 March 2018
03/08/2018: Felony Battery Arrest

03/08/2018: Felony Battery Arrest

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.

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