Vacaville Police Department

  • Agency: Vacaville Police Department
  • Address: 660 Merchant Street, Vacaville, 95688 CA
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)

Vacaville Police Department is located at 660 Merchant Street, Vacaville, 95688 CA. The Vacaville Police Department phone number is (707) 449-5231.

Vacaville Police Department News

UPDATE 10/31 1:02 p.m. - An arrest has been made in the fatal hit and run collision that occurred last night on E. Monte Vista Avenue. This morning a Vacaville PD Officer came across a vehicle matching the description of the white Ford Explorer SUV in the parking lot of 1230 Callen Street. Officers were able to make contact with a man identified as 22-year-old Vacaville resident Miguel Gabriel-Ramirez who admitted to driving the SUV at the time of the collision and fleeing the scene. Gabriel-Ramirez has been booked into Solano County Jail on a felony count of hit and run causing a fatality - END UPDATE. UPDATE 10/30 11:56 p.m. - It is with heavy hearts we share that 61-year-old Vacaville resident Richard Sauerwein has passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a collision which occurred earlier this evening. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. While Traffic Investigators are following up on a number of leads and we are in the preliminary stages of our investigation, here is what we know at his time. Sauerwein was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Monte Vista Avenue near Callen Street around 7:35 p.m. An unidentified motorist pulled out of a parking lot onto eastbound Monte Vista, merging into Sauerwein’s lane causing a collision. As a result, Sauerwein sustained blunt force trauma injuries. Life saving efforts were performed on scene and Sauerwein was transported to a local hospital by ground ambulance in critical condition. Sadly Sauerwein did not survive and passed away at the hospital after all life saving measures were exhausted. The vehicle involved in this collision did not stop at the scene and left the area eastbound on Monte Vista Avenue. It is described as a white mid 90’s to early 2000’s Ford Explorer SUV. There is no suspect information at this time. Monte Vista between Callen and Brown Street was closed for several hours while investigators collected evidence. The roadway has since re-opened. Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Chad Hudson at (707) 449-5200. Media inquiries can be directed to Lt. Mark Donaldson at (707) 449-5260. We will share additional information as it becomes available - END UPDATE. Major traffic collision near the intersection of E Monte Vista Ave and Brown St. Road closure information: westbound traffic on E. Monte Vista is being diverted onto northbound Brown St. Please avoid the area if possible and drive safely. Media inquries contact: Lt. Mark Donaldson 707-449-5260

UPDATE 10/31 1:02 p.m. - Please see our most recent Facebook post for information on an arrest made in this case -END UPDATE. UPDATE 11:56 p.m. - It is with heavy hearts we share that 61-year-old Vacaville resident Richard Sauerwein has passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a collision which occurred earlier this evening. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. While Traffic Investigators are following up on a number of leads and we are in the preliminary stages of our investigation, here is what we know at his time. Sauerwein was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Monte Vista Avenue near Callen Street around 7:35 p.m. An unidentified motorist pulled out of a parking lot onto eastbound Monte Vista, merging into Sauerwein’s lane causing a collision. As a result, Sauerwein sustained blunt force trauma injuries. Life saving efforts were performed on scene and Sauerwein was transported to a local hospital by ground ambulance in critical condition. Sadly Sauerwein did not survive and passed away at the hospital after all life saving measures were exhausted. The vehicle involved in this collision did not stop at the scene and left the area eastbound on Monte Vista Avenue. It is described as a white mid 90’s to early 2000’s Ford Explorer SUV. There is no suspect information at this time. Monte Vista between Callen and Brown Street was closed for several hours while investigators collected evidence. The roadway has since re-opened. Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Chad Hudson at (707) 449-5200. Media inquiries can be directed to Lt. Mark Donaldson at (707) 449-5260. We will share additional information as it becomes available - END UPDATE. Major traffic collision near the intersection of E Monte Vista Ave and Brown St. Road closure information: westbound traffic on E. Monte Vista is being diverted onto northbound Brown St. Please avoid the area if possible and drive safely. Media inquries contact: Lt. Mark Donaldson 707-449-5260 Updates to follow

Is everyone ready for Halloween? I think K-9 Russell and K-9 Oso are. With the help of our Instagram followers, our K-9s are wearing some stylish costumes. Two weeks ago, we asked our followers to vote on which costume each pup should wear and here are the results. K-9 Russell is wearing his stegosaurus costume. K-9 Oso is Hopps from Zootopia. We hope everyone has an awesome and safe Halloween.

The Holiday season is around the corner, which means it’s that time of year again! Vacaville’s 2018 Downtown Halloween Stroll will be taking place on Halloween, Wednesday October 31st from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. The Vacaville Police Department is excited to see all those awesome Ghouls, Mini-Goblins, Superheroes, and Princesses, so don’t be a stranger when you see an Officer in Uniform. Twenty-five+ businesses will be participating in passing out delicious treats and fun. Also, the first 1000 families to visit Town Square will receive a free trick-or-treat bag!! And of course, as always, there will be live music and an exciting thriller flash mob for the kiddos and families to join. For the safety of our amazing community, the following roads will be closed to all vehicles from 3:00pm to 6:30pm: - Main St from Parker St to Wilson St - Parker St from Merchant St to Main St - Merchant St from Parker St to Main St - Dobbins St from Merchant St to Main St - Davis St from Catherine St to Main St Sorry for any inconvenience these road closures may cause, we hope to see you out there! Happy Halloween!

Vacaville Facebook Followers: We need your help in identifying the 3 individuals in this video. They were involved in a completely unprovoked assault. In the early morning hours of 10/11/2018, the 3 males believed to be in their late teens to early twenties, approached the victim who had come to the Neighborhood Wal-Mart on Elmira/Nut Tree Road to make a purchase. The business was already closed for the evening. Without warning, the 3 individuals attacked the male victim, throwing him to the ground, and striking him repeatedly in the head and face with their fists, while also delivering brutal kicks to his body. This assault was completed unprovoked and was not a robbery. Thankfully, 2 witnesses nearby interrupted the attack and the 3 males fled in the vehicle shown in the video. This vehicle is believed to be an early 2000's model Saturn Ion. The victim is recovering from his injuries. If you think you might know these individuals please contact Detective Andrew Yetter at (707) 469-4846 or email him at Andrew.yetter@cityofvacaville.com You can remain anonymous if you wish. Media inquiries please contact Lt Mark Donaldson at (707) 449-5260

The Vacaville Police Department’s SWAT and Critical Incident Negotiation’s Teams will be participating in a joint training exercise tomorrow. The teams will be using the Harbison House grounds located to the rear of the Nut Tree Village shopping center from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. While this particular area is not open to the public, shoppers may see an increased police presence in the area. All adjacent businesses have been notified and appropriate signage will be in place indicating police training is occurring. The police department’s SWAT and Criticial Incident Negotiation’s Teams conduct realistic scenario based training quarterly to ensure they are prepared for any real world event they may be called upon to address. Media inquiries can be directed to Lt. Mark Donaldson at (707) 449-5260.

A big thank you to our awesome Vacaville community for showing up and making this year’s Kid Fest event one of the best ever! We had over 70 vendors, two stages of entertainment and free family fun for everyone. For more information or if you would like to be a vendor next year, visit the Kid Fest website at www.vacavillekidfest.com or call 707-449-5432.

On Sunday, shortly after 7:30 in the evening, officers were dispatched to Nut Tree Village in regards to an auto burglary in progress. The three male suspects were seen fleeing in a silver four-door vehicle. Little did they know, an observant officer was near. The officer saw a silver, four-door, Honda Accord speed down East Monte Vista Ave without its headlights on. The officer tried to conduct a traffic stop but, instead of yielding to the right, the Honda proceeded to flee at a high rate of speed. Officers pursued the Honda through town, onto the freeway and back onto city streets. The chase came to an end after the Honda struck a curb, deflating one of its tires. Shortly after the tire went flat, the driver lost control and crashed in the front yard of a residence, in the 800 block of Marshall Rd. All three suspects fled on foot. With the help of local citizens and the CHP air unit, converging officers were able to locate and arrest the three suspects. It was at this time, officers learned the three suspects, all from San Francisco, were juveniles. They were ultimately found to be responsible for multiple burglaries in the Nut Tree Village area. In an attempt to locate all of the stolen property, K-9 Russell was called out to assist. After searching the car and area, officers were able to retrieve and return the majority of the stolen property. Unfortunately, not all of the items were located. This is another prime example of when teamwork pays off. Thank you citizens of Vacaville. If you have information regarding this case, please contact Ofc. Sean Kelly at (707) 449-5200. Media inquiries can be directed to Lt. Mark Donaldson at (707) 449-5260.

The Vacaville Police Youth Services, in cooperation with the County of Solano and Vacaville Unified School District, have partnered once again to bring you an awareness seminar for the dangers of human trafficking. Parents and children 12+ are encouraged to attend. You can expect to hear the story of an actual human trafficking victim, as well as what your local law enforcement is doing to combat this multi-billion dollar industry. We will share helpful information to look for, and how you can do your part in this community we love. This event will be at Will C Wood High School from 6-8:30 PM in the small gym (location changed from the theater). Please register at fosterluv.com, or call 707-689-8866. We hope to see you there!

For the past few days, the Vacaville Police Department’s Community Response Unit (CRU) took part in a county wide homeless outreach event. The multijurisdictional effort spanned over three days and included multiple allied agencies: The Vallejo Police Department, Fairfield Police Department, Suisun City Police Department, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Mission Solano, Solano County Mental Health Services, CAMINAR-Resource Connect Solano, Solano County District Attorney’s Office, Solano County Sheriff’s Office Animal Care Division, Solano Sheriff’s Animal Control Services and the Contra Costa County CORE Outreach Team. While making their rounds in the city of Vallejo, one of the outreach teams ran across a jovial musician by the name of Ronald Ridley (41). Ronald was impressed by the mass support and warm welcomes extended his way; so much so, Ronald insisted on playing a song for his newly acquired audience to show his gratitude. Before starting his melody, Ronald DEDICATED the song to the POLICE. So, without further ado, sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy the show…

UPDATE: Arson Suspect Identified and Arrested for the Mission on the Hill Fire that occurred early Sunday morning. After a thorough investigation involving the Vacaville Fire Department and the Solano County Fire Investigation's Unit this suspicious fire was determined to be intentionally set. The suspect has been identified as 45 year old Vacaville resident Terry Smith. He was identified from surveillance videos from the business. He was booked into Solano CountyJail for arson. Media inquires contact Sergeant Frank Piro (707) 469-4838

Kid Fest 2018 is today! Our theme has always been “For the Child in All of Us”. This FREE event in Andrews Park features exciting police and fire displays, hands-on activities and games, kid-friendly booths, live music, downtown scavenger hunt, and much more! Have your child dress up as their favorite hero and participate in the parade at 12:45 pm. Remember, not all heroes wear capes! Don't miss out on the fun today, October 20th, from 10 am to 3 pm. Please share!

We appreciate the patience and assistance from the residents in the area of 200 San Leon Drive. There were a large number of officers in the area who were working an isolated domestic disturbance. Due to the nature of the call, we will not be releasing any further information. At this point, officers have cleared the area and there is no danger to the public. Once again, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Update: Arson Suspect Identified and Arrested see below post for updated information. Just after 5am this morning, a fire broke out at The Mission on the Hill located at 1300 E. Monte Vista Avenue. Vacaville and Fairfield Fire crews battled the blaze that engulfed the building and surrounding vegetation. The fire has been extinguished but Police and fire crews are still in scene investigating. The cause and origin of the fire are unknown at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Bellamy at 707.449.5200. Media inquiries to Sgt. Piro at 707.469.4838

“But that’s not me!!” Last night, just after 8:30pm, an officer stopped a car due to a minor brake light malfunction. A records check showed the driver, Estevan Medina (22, Vacaville) had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest from a prior case in Davis, CA regarding illicit narcotic sales. After Mr. Medina was detained, officers discovered additional individually packaged narcotics and cash. Mr. Medina was placed under arrest and transported to the Solano County Jail on felony charges related to possession of illicit narcotics for sale. This serves as reminder that something as seemingly minor as a broken taillight can lead officers to much more than initially meets the eye. If you have information regarding this case, please contact Ofc. Santoni at (707)449-5200. Media inquiries to Sgt. Piro at (707)469-4838.

Update - 6:22pm: Male suspect complied with verbal commands and was taken into custody. Roadway is clear. ********* Multiple officers are currently in the area of E. Monte Vista Ave. and Markham Ave. investigating a report regarding a man who allegedly brandished a firearm at another person in the area. Please avoid the area if possible. Thank you!

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it's the Teen Summit! What is your Super Hero power? All middle and high school youth are invited to the Teen Summit on Saturday, October 13th, from 10 am to 2 pm. Registration begins at 9:30am. The event will take place at the Harbison Event Center located at the Nut Tree shopping center behind Fenton's. Our main focus for this year is leadership and helping youth find their own superhero power. There will be interactive workshops, free food, and super Saturday or Community Service credit. Guest speaker Jose Cordon will present "Finding Strength and Power in the Spoken Word." For questions call Judith Franco, (707) 449-1859.

****Update 12:15pm**** Vacaville Fire reporting the fire is under control with crews still on scene. All roadways have been reopened. ****Original Post**** Vegetation fire east of I505, north of Vacavalley Parkway. Evacuations are NOT being ordered, this is for situational awareness only.

Major traffic accident at the intersection of Alamo Dr. and Davis St. ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION: All lanes of northbound Alamo Dr. are closed at Alamo Ln. All southbound traffic on Davis St. is closed at at the Baptist Church, just before Alamo Dr. Please avoid the area if possible. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Ofc. Carly Stone at (707) 449-5200. Media inquiries contact Sgt Piro 707.469.4838 Please drive safely.

“She must be the ‘returner’ of the operation.” On Wednesday around 7pm, an alert outlet employee noticed Tiffany Thomas (31, Vallejo) returning merchandise. The same merchandise had allegedly been purchased the day prior with counterfeit currency, so the employees quickly contacted the police and provided a description to dispatch. Officers responded to the area and located Ms. Thomas in an outlet store. As an officer approached, she began to reach down into her waistband area and was quickly detained in handcuffs. Officers located a concealed, loaded handgun in her pants, as well as additional counterfeit currency. Ms. Thomas admitted having knowledge of the fraudulent purchases and returns and was booked into the Solano County Jail on a variety of felony charges related to being a felon in possession of a loaded, concealed firearm not registered to her, possession of counterfeit currency and retail burglary. It’s another reminder that something as seemingly small as a fraudulent purchase can lead to so much more. Once again, our sharp-eyed retail employees helped keep Vacaville safe, and we are so thankful for the great partnership we have with our retail establishments. Keep it up out there! If you have more information regarding this case, please contact Ofc. Josue Cuevas at (707) 449-5200. Media inquiries: Sgt. Frank Piro - (707) 469-4838.

Have old prescription medications lying around your house? Not sure how to safely dispose of them? On Saturday, October 27th, the Vacaville Police Department is hosting another Pharmaceutical-Take-Back event from 9am-3pm. Come drop off your unused medications at the Police Department Evidence Section, just below the main lobby area at 660 Merchant St. Officers and evidence techs will be available to safely collect items. This is a FREE service, and all are welcome. You do not have to live in Vacaville to be eligible. Please share this post with anyone that might have some pharmaceuticals they’d like to safely dispose of. Please empty pill bottles into sturdy plastic bags. Lotions and creams should remain in their original packaging. Sharps are NOT accepted at this location, but can be dropped off anytime at Kaiser (near main entrances) or VacaValley (ER) hospitals. Thank you for helping keep unused prescription medication out of the trash, waterways and wrong hands!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) today. The WEA portion of the test commences at 11:18 and the EAS portion follows at 11:20. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed. The WEA test message will be a Presidential Alert and will read "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed." The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. It allows customers whose wireless provider participates in WEA and who own a WEA compatible wireless phone to receive geo-targeted alerts of imminent threats to safety in their area through unique tones and vibration. The national WEA test will use the same special tone and vibration. The WEA test will be sent through IPAWS, as part of the nation's modern alert and warning infrastructure that automatically authenticates alerts. Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, cell phones that are switched on and within range of an active cell tower should be capable of receiving the test message. Cell phones should receive the message once The EAS test is made available to EAS participants (i.e. radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar More information on the national test is available at https://www.fema.gov/Emergency-Alert-Test

On Saturday, just before midnight, an officer made a traffic stop on eastbound 80, near the Meridian off-ramp, for several vehicle code violations. While the officer was standing at the driver’s window, he noticed the driver, 39 year old, Matthew Fraticelli out of Vacaville, appeared nervous and fidgety. The officer looked towards the floorboard and saw Matthew was attempting to hide a black handgun beneath his feet. As the “routine” traffic stop quickly became stressful, officers remained calm and gave the occupants clear instructions. Thankfully, the occupants adhered to the instructions and were safely detained. Officers recovered the loaded, concealed handgun. During the investigation, it was determined Matthew is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. A search of the vehicle revealed a second loaded firearm and a loaded drum magazine. Matthew was booked into Solano County Jail for several firearm and narcotics charges. This is an example of how quickly an incident can escalate but the ability to remain calm and comply with instructions can lead to a safe and peaceful resolution.

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, come on out to “Emma’s Annual Bake Sale” on Sunday, 9/30/18, between 10 AM and 1 PM. This amazing 9 year old is hosting her third annual bake sale at 374 Aaron Circle. Each year, this warm hearted girl raises money and donates the proceeds to local community causes. This year’s lucky recipients are the Vacaville PD K-9 Unit, Solano County Pink Heals and Kyra Williams. Kyra is a local 12 year old who is battling Ependymoma. Emma, you are a great inspiration to all and we look forward to seeing you and the Vacaville community on Sunday.

You may have noticed several of our police units in the area of the Vacaville Premium Outlets on Wednesday afternoon. That was the scene of a traffic stop, on what turned out to be a stolen vehicle! It all started around noon, when an officer patrolling the area saw an older model Acura passing him in the opposite direction. Recalling a similar vehicle on our “Hot Sheet,” the officer turned around to investigate. Luckily, the vehicle yielded without incident when the officer attempted to stop it and the two occupants were safely taken into custody. The 36 year-old driver, Joshua Bueno of Fairfield, was arrested for vehicle theft and violation of his probation. His 23 year-old passenger, Vanessa Grayson of Texas, was arrested after discovering she had four outstanding warrants for her arrest. Many times a run in with an occupied stolen vehicle can lead to quite the chaotic ordeal. Thankfully this situation ended peacefully and the vehicle was returned to its rightful owner.