Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 5200 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95062 CA
  • Chief:
Phone: (831) 471-1121

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office is located at 5200 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95062 CA. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office phone number is (831) 471-1121.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office News

Sgt. Leonetti coordinated Sheriff's Office personnel for the Rincon Fire. As of about 3pm., Highway 9 between Felton and Santa Cruz is closed. The 12-acre fire was 25% percent contained and the north end of Paradise Park had been evacuated.

This afternoon around 2:30 Sheriff Office Dispatch received several calls regarding a male throwing objects at passing motorist in the area of Soquel Avenue and Capitola Road Extension. Deputy Renwick responded and observed Scott Smith chucking rocks and dirt clods onto Soquel Avenue from the hillside above the Harbor High School football field. Deputy Renwick attempted to detain Smith who took off on foot. Deputy Renwick gave chase up the hillside and Smith hopped over a fence and onto Soquel Avenue. Deputy Renwick was able to track down Smith who resisted being placed in handcuffs. Several other deputies soon arrived and were able to help secure Smith in handcuffs. Smith was booked into County Jail for resisting arrest and a probation violation. If you were driving on this stretch of Soquel Avenue today and your vehicle was struck by an object please contact Sheriff’s Dispatch at 831-471-1121 and reference Case Number 18-09394.

We'd like to take minute to recognize the bravery of some of our Correctional Officers. Yesterday, several of our Correctional Officers responded to a fire at a building next to the Main Jail on Water St. Correctional Officer Robles was one of many Correctional Officers that responded and immediately tried to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher, to no avail. Supervising Correctional Officer Zaragoza and Supervising Correctional Officer Cole went inside the business that was on fire and evacuated the employees, who were unaware the building was on fire. Several other Correctional Officers responded with their Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus' and more extinguishers but were cancelled as the scene became too unsafe. Santa Cruz Fire Department responded and was able to quickly contain the fire. We'd like to thank CO Robles, SCO Zaragoza, SCO Cole, and the rest of the Correctional Staff for their courage and dedication to keeping the community safe! Today, several of the employees from the business that caught on fire came to the Jail to thank our Correctional Officers, claiming that they had saved their lives because the fire had involved some gas pipes in the building and had potential to explode. Some of these tearful hugs are shown here and remind us why we chose this line of work! If you are interested in an exciting career, such as being a Correctional Officer, contact our Hiring Division at (831)454-7615 or visit:

Want to meet Special Olympics three time medalists Joynell and Jock? Come on down to the Dunkin’ Donuts at 1314 Ocean Street and support our local Special Olympics. If there is a donation made, you will receive a free coffee. Oh yeah, and there will be some deputies to talk to as well. We'll be here until 10 am.

MISSING PERSON WE NEED YOUR HELP! Eugene Oster is 87 years old. He attended an appointment in Palo Alto on Thursday November 1st and left that appointment at around 3:00 PM. Eugene has not made it back to his home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He does not have his cell phone with him, but is driving a Silver 1995 Honda Accord 4 door. There is nothing distinctive about the Honda other than some fading paint. The license plate on the Honda is 4BIW115. Eugene is approximately 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. Please call the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office (831-471-1121) if you have seen Eugene. If you locate him call 9-1-1. Vehicle shown below is a stock photo of a similar vehicle and is not the actual vehicle. As always, thank you for your help!

We want you behind bars... and on our team. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is looking for men and women who are looking for a new challenge every day, want to make a difference, want good pay, and great benefits. If you think you have what it takes, we want you on our Corrections team. More info: #joinourteam #recruting #makeadifference

At about 11:45 this morning, deputies responded to a stabbing at Cabrillo College in Aptos. As deputies arrived, they found the manager of the cafeteria and other staff members holding down the suspect, Steven Wooding. Wooding was taken into custody by a Sheriff’s Deputy and a weapon was recovered at the scene. A 19-year-old female student was stabbed while seated in the cafeteria. She was able to run away to an area outside where she waited for paramedics to arrive. She was taken to a Bay Area trauma center and she is currently in stable condition. Wooding had been restrained from Cabrillo College for recent harassing behavior. Wooding was booked into jail for charges of attempted murder and his bail was increased to $750,000. Cabrillo College has counselors available for any student or faculty member that needs assistance with dealing with this tragic event. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the brave manager of the cafeteria as well as the staff members that detained Wooding until Sheriff’s Deputies arrived. Their brave actions likely prevented others from being injured.

Today at around 1145 a 19 year old female student was stabbed at Cabrillo College campus in Aptos. A man is in custody after he was apprehended with the help of other staff and students. A weapon was recovered and the suspect is being interviewed to determine the motive of the attack. There is no further danger to students or the surrounding community. This story will be updated later with more details.

Halloween is a special time of the year for us at the sheriff’s office. It’s an opportunity for us to come together as a community. This year’s 4th annual Trunk or Treat was no exception. Last Friday, 2,000 people came out to play games, visit with our deputies, and of course get candy! We loved seeing your costumes and big smiles. Thank you to all of our partners: Santa Cruz Police, Capitola Police Department, Scotts Valley Police Department, CHP - Santa Cruz, Harbor Patrol, California State Parks, Central Fire, Probation, Felton Fire Protection District, UC Santa Cruz Police Department, AMR, County Board of Supervisors, Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, Santa Cruz Lifeguards, Rossi's Towing, Graniterock, Santa Cruz Warriors, Big Creek Lumber, Santa Cruz METRO Transit District, Bicycle Trip Santa Cruz and Capitola, KSCO News AM 1080, Bay Federal Credit Union, Santa Cruz County Parks Department, and Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air. And THANK YOU for making it a wonderful day for all of us and reminding us why we love serving Santa Cruz County. #community #halloween

Earlier this year K9 Lola visited Scarlett’s class to teach the kids about the Sheriff’s Office Canine Program. Scarlett was so happy to have K9 Lola in her class, she decided to be K9 Lola for Halloween this year. K9 Lola was happy to have a positive impact on the youth in our community.

Trunk or Treat is in full swing. Parking is tight, so carpool if you can. We will be here until 8 at the Sheriff’s Office. Come on down!

While on patrol today, Deputy Harrison located a stolen motorcycle in the area of South Rodeo Gulch. Deputy Harrison had the opportunity to reunite Steve with his stolen motorcycle.

Getting ready for Trunk or Treat tomorrow. Come by and check out our event at the Sheriff's Office tomorrow from 5-8pm. For more details, check out our events page.

We're grateful today, that despite encountering a violent suspect, our deputies were not seriously injured. At about 8:30 this morning, deputies responded to a call of a suspicious man in a car on Maywood Drive in Boulder Creek. When deputies arrived, the suspect reversed his car and crashed into another vehicle which slammed into one of our patrol cars. The suspect then drove in the direction of two deputies and struck another car while trying to get away. The suspect reversed the car in the direction of two deputies again and drove down a driveway, crashed into a fence and hit a tree. The suspect got out of the car and ran into the woods but was caught after a short chase. The man continued to be combative after being placed under arrest and tried to kick out the windows in the patrol car. Two deputies were injured during the arrest and are being treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. We discovered the vehicle the suspect was driving had been reported stolen out of San Jose from a dealership. We don't know the identity of the man at this time, but he'll be booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, and resisting arrest.

Deputies Ramos and Kriner responded to a report of a house on fire in Mt Hermon. They neared the scene just as the house was fully engulfed in an explosion so large the flash was seen by Deputies conducting area checks on the Santa Cruz north coast. They immediately began directing incoming fire personnel to the right location. After confirming no one was inside the burning home they began evacuating adjacent homes. Through the window of the closest house they saw a man sleeping, who wasn’t waking up due to the noise canceling headphones he was wearing. As the flames began to spread to this second house and the heat from the very close fire began bursting it’s windows, the Deputies kicked down the door and ran inside, where they woke the man and another resident. Everyone escaped safely, and fire fighters were able to stop the fire from further damaging this home. Although the first home appeared to be totally destroyed, it’s fortunate that no one was hurt or killed. The quick thinking and brave response of Deputies Kriner and Ramos contributed an efficient firefighting response and helped protect citizens from serious danger. This fire did not appear to criminal in origin.

Tonight, deputies Spencer, Rowe and Fulton stopped a car driven by Daniel Gates with passenger Nathan Gardner. The deputies requested a K9 and K9 Lola was brought to check the car. K9 Lola indicated that there were drugs in the car. A search of the car found a large quantity of methamphetamine and cocaine that was packaged for sales. A large quantity of prescription pills and a 9mm handgun were also located in the vehicle. The investigation led deputies to a local hotel where they found additional drugs. In total, 67.5 grams of methamphetamine, 47.5 grams of cocaine, 1 gram of heroin and 480 pills were confiscated, in addition to the firearm and ammunition. Gates and Gardner were booked into county jail for possession of methamphetamine for sales, possession of cocaine for sales, transportation of methamphetamine, transportation of cocaine, possession of prescription pills for sales, and being in possession of narcotics and a firearm.

Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a commercial burglary that occurred during the early morning hours this past Saturday (10/13) at a musical instrument store in Aptos. The suspect was captured on video surveillance. The Sheriff’s Office needs YOUR help to identify the suspect. The suspect appears to be in his 20-30’s and has a distinct tattoo on the top of this left forearm. If you are able to identify this male, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (831) 471-1121 and reference Sheriff’s Office report number 18-08810

Last week, our Corrections Officers, assisted by members of several other agencies, conducted searches of several inmate housing units in the Main Jail to look for weapons and drugs. The search included specially trained detection canines from the Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which are non-aggressive Labrador retriever breeds trained to search for contraband. It is important to keep the jail drug-free because inmates can easily overdose or cause inmates to be violent or disruptive. The attached photos are just some of the items found, which included 4 stabbing devices (referred to as “shanks” by inmates), razor blades, tattoo needles, pieces of metal and plastic that would be used to manufacture weapons, drugs and gang documents. These weapons pose a serious risk to inmates and staff. We would like to thank the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team for their assistance with this operation.

We’d like to share an incident that happened yesterday involving one of our Deputies, Bob Gidding. Deputy Gidding was investigating a camping complaint in the Davenport area when he was informed by our Dispatch that they were receiving a 9-1-1 call of an infant not breathing just down the road from Deputy Gidding. Deputy Gidding’s proximity to the emergency allowed him to be on scene in less than a minute of the radio call. The family of the infant had pulled off the road when they realized that the baby was in distress. Deputy Gidding quickly assessed the infant and began a series of rescue back blows to the unconscious baby. The baby remained unconscious and Deputy Gidding continued his first aid routine, applying additional back blows (a form of the Heimlich Maneuver for infants). The baby finally coughed up milk, opened her eyes, and remained conscious and alert, breathing freely. Deputy Gidding handed the baby back to a family member and monitored her until medics arrived minutes later. The baby was transported with her mother to the hospital for evaluation but it appears she will recover fully. We are extremely proud of Deputy Gidding’s actions and feel very fortunate that he happened to be so close to this near tragedy. Deputy Gidding is a 29 year veteran of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office who has been a member of the Corrections Bureau, Crime Scene Investigations, Search and Rescue, Field Training Program, Crisis Negotiation Team, and Cabrillo College Security.

UPDATE! DOLORES HAS BEEN LOCATED IN SAN JOSE AND IS SAFE AND HEALTHY! ***MISSING PERSON AT RISK*** 74 year old Dolores “Lola” Gomez left her residence on Hathaway Ave. in the Green Valley area of Watsonville yesterday, 10/15 at around 6-7pm. She was wearing a gray t-shirt and jeans. She is 4’11” and 90lbs and suffers from Dementia. Dolores is not believed to be a public safety risk and can be approached. The Sheriff’s Office is actively working on this case. Please contact us at 831 471 1121 if you have any information on Dolores’ whereabouts.

Take a good look at this photo and help us find this man. On Thursday, October 4th a woman was shopping at the Marshalls in Soquel. She caught the man taking inappropriate photos of her while she shopped and immediately confronted him. He took off, but not before he was caught on store surveillance cameras. Help us find him, so it doesn’t happen again. If you have information, call Det. Sgt. Christopher Shearer @ 831-454-7645.

While on Patrol today in Soquel, Deputy Ramirez spotted Robert Negron. Deputy Ramirez was aware that Negron had a warrant for his arrest. Negron immediately took off and a foot pursuit ensued. Deputy Ramirez was able to track down Negron and take him into custody. Negron was booked into County Jail for the warrant and various drug charges.

Are you a Junior or Senior in high school and want to attend the Sheriff’s Office Youth Academy? These 29 high school students from various Santa Cruz County Schools attended their first day of the Youth Academy this past Wednesday. They will attend 6 sessions that focus on criminal investigations, crime scene investigations, coroner’s office, and duties of school resource officers. If you would like to have a future in Law Enforcement or just would like to see how the Sheriff’s Office operates, you should check into this program. If you are interested in future academies, contact one of our Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers or send us a facebook message. Thank you SLV Steve for the pictures!

Finders, keepers. But not in this case. Amy, a postal worker, came across a significant amount of cash in the area of Hardin and Ball in Soquel. Instead of holding onto the money, Amy turned it in to our deputies. Our deputies have tried to find the person who lost the money, but have had no luck so far. If the cash is yours, call the Sheriff's Office at (831) 471-1121. Of course, we won't disclose how much money was found or exactly where. We need the rightful owners to provide those details. And thank you to Amy. Her call to our office could make someone's day.

UPDATE: We have some bad news. After being reported missing the day before, Mrs. Zimmerman, 74 years old was found deceased in her vehicle in the Safeway Parking lot on 41st Avenue on 10/8/18. A coroner’s investigation is underway; however, nothing looks suspicious at this point. Thank you everyone for sharing and helping out in the search. ORIGINAL POST: Please be on the lookout for Julianne Zimmerman (Age 74). Julianne was last contacted by friends on 9/26/2018. She has been staying with friends and living out of her white 1999 Toyota Sienna Van (CA License Plate #4UEF542) and her absence is unusual and concerning. Julianne has had some recent medical issues and is considered at risk due to her age and the usual circumstances of her disappearance. Julianne is not believed to be a public safety threat and can be approached. If you have any information about Julianne's whereabouts, please contact the Sheriff's Office at (831) 471-1121.