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The California Highway Patrol has implemented a full closure of southbound Highway 17 at Bear Creek. Traffic is being turned around at Bear Creek. There is no through traffic over Highway 17.
This is in addition to the full closure of both northbound and southbound Highway 17 at Vine Hill. There is also a mudslide southbound Highway 17 at Sugarloaf. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. Highway 129 through Watsonville and Highway 92 through Half Moon Bay are both viable options at this time.
Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department is working closely with Parks and Public Works to mitigate the impact on local streets. Additional resources have been deployed.
Police Solve Three Residential Burglaries and Arrest Four Suspects
Over the past several weeks, Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department initiated an investigation into three recent residential burglaries. On November 22, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m., a residence in the 400 block of Dardanelli Lane was ransacked by four male suspects who fled with an undisclosed amount of jewelry and currency. Video surveillance captured images of the suspects exiting the residence, and fleeing in a vehicle which was later determined to be stolen out of San Jose.
Partnership between the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department and Crisis Text Line
Please see the attached press release announcing the partnerships between the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department, Crisis Text Line and other local and regional partners in their efforts to proactively address mental health issues within our communities through emerging technology and outreach.
Matt Frisby, Chief of the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department stated “our partnership with Crisis Text Line provides us with the opportunity to engage with our communities in a safe and contemporary manner that will assist us in getting people the help that they need during difficult times.”
Police Department Hosts DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event
If there are any questions regarding the National Prescription Drug Take-Back event scheduled for October 22, 2016, please contact Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department at (408) 827-3214.
On Monday, October 1, 2016, the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department, along with many California law enforcement agencies, kicked-off the 2016 #PinkPatchProject, an innovative and collaborative campaign designed to increase public awareness about breast cancer.
Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, CA – July 18, 2016 – National Night Out is a nationwide event designed to build strong community partnerships that promote safe neighborhoods. Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department and Santa Clara County Fire Department will be hosting an open house 6-8 PM on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The event will take place at the Los Gatos Fire Station: 306 University Ave, Los Gatos. Residents are invited to attend the open house to visit with local firefighters and police officers, enjoy refreshments, as well as learn more about resources available in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno.
Residents Invited to National Night Out Open House 6-8pm on Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Suspects Arrested in
Los Gatos Home Invasion RobberyOn July 3, 2016, at approximately 10:00 p.m. Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Officers responded to a call of a robbery that just occurred in the 300 block of Harding Ave. in Los Gatos. Upon their arrival, officers learned that the male victim was approached inside his open garage by two masked male suspects, one armed with a handgun and the other armed with a knife. The suspects forced the victim into the residence where they confronted the female victim, while they ransacked the residence. Both suspects fled the scene taking miscellaneous electronics, an undisclosed amount of currency, and jewelry from the victims’ residence. Neither victim sustained any injuries as a result of the incident.
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department Announces ArrestOn June 25, 2016, the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department received information that Ali Shakoury, a 61 year- old resident of San Jose allegedly sexually assaulted a minor in Los Gatos. On June 29, 2016, after investigation by Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Detectives in collaboration with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, Shakoury was arrested by the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department at his residence in San Jose. Shakoury was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on one count of 288.7 (b) PC- Sexual Molestation of a Minor under 10 Years Old. Bail has been set for Shakoury by the Santa Clara County Superior Court at $1,000,000.00.
Since November 30, 2012, the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department has been investigating the murder of Monte Sereno resident Ravi Kumra and the home invasion robbery at the Kumra residence. DeAngelo Austin, Javier Garcia, Katrina Fritz, and Marcellous Drummer were all arrested as a result of the investigation. Drummer was found guilty by a jury in 2014 and is currently serving a life without the possibility of parole sentence in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Fritz pleaded guilty to robbery and false imprisonment with gang allegations and has been a cooperating witness since 2014. She awaits sentencing while the investigation and all trials that come from it are complete.
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Announces Two More Convictions in 2012 Monte Sereno Homicide
The Los Gatos Youth Commission, in partnership with the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, launched a program eight years ago to recognize Los Gatos businesses that demonstrate they are "youth friendly." The program seeks to give community recognition to businesses that hire youth, support their activities and or demonstrate a committed investment to their development and engagement; to date 96 youth friendly businesses have been recognized as part of this program.
Los Gatos Youth Commission and Chamber of Commerce Announce
Police Department to Host National Prescription Drug Take-Back EventOn April 30, 2016 the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event, sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). As a part of the nationally recognized program, local residents can return their unnecessary, unwanted, or expired prescription medications for safe disposal at designated collection locations.
On April 9, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department conducted a probation search at a residence in the 600 block of W. Parr Avenue in Los Gatos. Contacted inside the residence were OLENA GUTSA (38) of Los Gatos, and ELIAS CASTENEDA (34) of San Jose. During the probation search, officers recovered a sizable amount of stolen mail from La Rinconada Drive, Greenfield Place, Mulberry Drive, Wedgewood Avenue, Lorain Place, Golf Links Drive and Clearview Drive in Los Gatos, as well as surrounding cities: Campbell, San Jose and Sunnyvale. Stolen property and narcotics paraphernalia were also recovered.
Stolen Mail Located During Probation Search
On November 13, 2015 at approximately 1:40 p.m., Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Officers responded to a call of two black females causing a disturbance and engaged in a physical confrontation with a victim in the parking lot of Safeway located at 470 N. Santa Cruz Ave. The suspects took the victim's phone and threw it to the ground during the altercation. Both female suspects, matching the same description of the suspects from the incident on October 30, 2015, left the parking lot in a red sedan on N. Santa Cruz Ave. Officers spotted the red sedan and conducted a vehicle stop at N. Santa Cruz Ave. and Andrews St.
Safeway Purse Thieves Caught by Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police
Police Arrest Suspects and Solve Robbery of Gehrkens Fine Jewelry and DesignOn November 6, 2015, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Detectives arrested YVONNE ROWLAND, while in custody at San Jose Police Department for a recent string of robberies. SEAN MCGIVERN was also arrested at the Santa Clara County Jail, where he has been in custody since October 30, 2015, for a violation of his Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) terms. In addition, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Detectives arrested JAMIE BROWNING in Turlock, CA. On November 10, 2015, FADI NAJJAR was arrested by San Jose Police Department pursuant to two arrest warrants issued by Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department and San Jose Police Department.
Two suspects Arrested for Assault at Blossom Hill ParkOn November 8, 2015, at approximately 1:00 p.m., an unprovoked assault occurred at Blossom Hill Park. Two suspects approached the victims in the parking lot of the park and began assaulting them. One of the suspects exited the vehicle, armed with an axe, and began swinging it at the three victims. The other suspect exited the vehicle, brandished a knife, and attempted to stab the victims while lifting his shirt and displaying a concealed firearm in his waistband. When the victims attempted to leave in their vehicle, the suspects intentionally drove their stolen vehicle into the victims' vehicle, prior to fleeing the scene. None of the victims sustained any injuries during the assault.
Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Detectives conducted further investigation and identified the two assailants as JACOB MAHONEY, 20 years old of Los Gatos, and RICHARD MONTOSA 20 years old of San Jose. Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department coordinated efforts with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATTF), who were actively investigating MAHONEY and MONTOSA for stealing vehicles.
Suspect Arrested for Purse Robbery in Parking Lot On October 30, 2015 at approximately 8:10 p.m., a strong arm robbery occurred in the parking lot of 14127 Capri Dr. The suspect approached the victim as she entered her vehicle, reached into the vehicle, and stole the victim's purse.
15200 Los Gatos Blvd #200. The suspect entered the business, displayed a knife toward the victim, and demanded cellular products from the safe. The suspect fled the scene with multiple cellular phones and other mobile devices.
Robbery Investigation Update
As previously reported, on 10/16/2015 at approximately 1230 hours, Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police responded to a call of a robbery that occurred at Gehrkens Jewelers, located at 3 N. Santa Cruz Ave. It was reported that two suspects, one male and one female, entered the store and physically assaulted the victim with a stun gun.
On 10/19/2015 Detectives actively investigating the robbery were able to develop a sketch of potential suspects associated with this incident. We are asking the community to contact the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department at 408-354-8600 if they have any information regarding this incident and/or the persons depicted in the attached sketches.