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Police Blotter

The Police Blotter highlights a partial list of incidents in the city and is distributed on a weekly basis. The Blotter provides the date, time, approximate location, a narrative summary of the incident, case number and the most serious arrest charge.

Meanwhile, the Arrest Log provides a timely, chronological summary of all of the arrests made by the Santa Clara Police Department. It includes the name of the suspect(s), date of birth, city in which they reside, arrest date, time, location, case number as well as all of the charge(s) associated with the arrest. This information, located on the Santa Clara Police Department’s home page (, is updated daily and serves as the most comprehensive list of arrests made.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Warrant Arrest – Felony


Location: 2700 Block of El Camino Real
An officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop after observing a vehicle with expired registration on Kiely Boulevard near El Camino Real. The male suspect was the only occupant in the vehicle. A Records check revealed he had an outstanding felony no bail warrant for a parole violation as well as a misdemeanor warrant for traffic violations. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Time: 1912
Case Number: 17-2911

NOTE: On Friday, March 31 at approximately 7:47pm, Santa Clara Police Officers responded to the Capri Motel on a report of a shooting that had just occurred. Officers arrived and discovered a 52-year old male suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach. The victim was transported to the hospital. The victim underwent surgery and is currently in serious but stable condition. He is expected to survive.

Suspects Merlin Jones and Calvin Templecastrillo encountered the victim inside a motel room. The victim was shot one time. Suspect Merlin Jones fled the scene with property belonging to the victim. Suspect Templecastrillo remained at the scene and was arrested later the same night. On Sunday, April 2, Jones was located and arrested by Redwood City Police.

The investigation is on-going. Please contact Detective Sergeant Nick Richards at (408) 615-4814 with any information regarding this case.

Suspects Jones and Templecastrillo both have a court date of April 5 at 1:30pm at the Santa Clara Superior Court for arraignment. For further information contact District Attorney’s Office PIO Sean Webby (408) 792-2997.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hit and Run

Location: 400 Block of Winchester Boulevard
An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of Winchester Boulevard on the report of a hit and run. Upon arrival, the officer observed a large truck tire and axle wedged underneath the victim’s parked vehicle. The officer followed the scrape in the pavement to Jefferson Street at Franklin Street, where two male subjects were attempting to fix the missing front passenger-side wheel of their vehicle.

A Records check on the driver revealed a warrant out of San Bernardino. The victim also had a warrant. All three individuals were arrested.
Time: 2345
Case Number: 17-2953

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Found Property

Location: 100 Block of Muir Avenue
A reporting party informed Public Safety Dispatchers of an abandoned bicycle left on the street on the 100 block of Muir Avenue since April 2, 2017. The reporting party had previously checked with neighbors and nobody knew who the bicycle belonged to. The bicycle was retrieved by SCPD and booked as found property.
Time: 0754
Case Number: 17-2958

Petty Theft

Location: 2400 Block of Alvarado Drive
A victim reported that an unknown suspect(s) stole a wallet out of the center console of an unlocked vehicle during the early morning hours. The suspect(s) later used a debit card to withdrawal $500 in cash.
Time: 0645
Case Number: 17-2956

NOTE: The Santa Clara Police Department and the Santa Clara Unified School District is hosting a two-day drunk driving and distracted driving prevention program at Wilcox High School, April 4 – 5. The entire 2,000+ member student body will participate in “Every 15 Minutes” two day event to create a realistic understanding of the impact on people involved in alcohol-related and distracted driving fatal collisions.

On April 4, a fatal car collision involving four students was staged inside the football stadium. The communication from Public Safety Dispatchers and the emergency response by police, fire and paramedics was fast paced and realistic. Students witnessed first-hand an injured student who received medical treatment on scene, a “critically injured” student was transported to Kaiser hospital, another student proceeded through standardized field sobriety tests resulting in being arrested for driving under the influence, and the final student “succumbed” to their injuries and left the scene in a body bag. Parents were notified at their place of employment or at home that their child had been “killed” as a result of a DUI collision.

At the beginning of the school day 16 pre-selected students were one-by-one announced as having been “killed by a drunk driver” inside their classrooms. An obituary was then read to their classmates and a rose placed on the “deceased” student’s desk. All 16 students are sequestered from family and friends overnight. During that time, the students will participate in a driving exercise simulating being drunk, they listen to special guest speakers who have personally experienced the tragedy of losing a loved one to a drunk driver, and write a letter to loved ones about what they would like to have done with their lives if it had not been tragically cut short by a drunk driver.

April 5, the entire student body will re-gather in the gymnasium for a “mock” funeral for the students who “died.” Speakers will include the student’s parents, a chaplain, Police Chief Michael Sellers and Principal Kristin Gonzalez. The entire program will be documented via video to be aired for residents of the City of Santa Clara on the local cable channel at a later date.

Every 15 Minutes is supported by the Santa Clara Fire Department, Valley Medical Center, Unique Tow, The Lima Family Mortuary, and Wilcox PTSA. Other local merchants and fraternal organizations have also donated their time, personnel, facilities and supplies to make this program successful.

A video highlighting the 2014 program at Wilcox is available at The video is not intended for young children; viewer discretion is advised.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Location: 3900 Block of Rivermark Plaza
An officer was walking in the area of the Northside Police Substation and was flagged down by a victim of a car clout. The incident occurred on the 3900 block of Rivermark Plaza. The victim suffered a loss of two laptops and a damaged rear passenger window. The stolen items were stored visibly in a black case behind the driver’s seat.
Time: 1413
Case Number: 17-3005

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Domestic Violence

Location: 4000 Block of Headen Way
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, at approximately 9:35pm, Santa Clara Police Officers responded to investigate a report of a domestic violence incident. Upon arrival, the officers learned that an adult female had visible injuries and was in a dating relationship with the male suspect. The male was arrested for felony domestic violence (273.5 PC) and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.
Time: 2135
Case Number: 17-3048

Friday, April 7, 2017


Location: 2000 Block of Scott Boulevard
An officer observed a vehicle without a license plate or temporary registration in the area of Warburton Avenue and Scott Boulevard. A subsequent records check of the vehicle confirmed the registration was expired. The officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop. The male driver was cited at the scene for a suspended license.

A juvenile male occupied the rear passenger seat and was on probation and had a warrant. A search of the juvenile yielded a 5″ knife and brass knuckles. The juvenile also admitted to being a Northerner gang member and was frequenting with other gang members in violation of his probation terms. He was arrested and transported to Juvenile Hall.
Time: 1708
Case Number: 17-3068

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Warrant Arrest – Felony

Location: Lochinvar Avenue and Bing Drive
An officer noticed a vehicle driving in the area of Lochinvar Avenue and Bing Drive without license plates and subsequently witnessed the vehicle drive through a four way stop without coming to a complete stop.

The vehicle pulled slightly to the right and stopped obstructing eastbound traffic before the officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop. The male passenger immediately opened the door and began exiting the vehicle. The officer told the driver to get back in the vehicle and roll down the windows. The driver did not comply with officer commands.

The officer slowly approached the vehicle occupied by two males and told the driver to turn off the vehicle. The passenger reached over and turned the vehicle off. The driver did not have a license and was in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

The officer obtained registration and insurance for the vehicle from the passenger who did not have identification with him. The passenger had a Ramey warrant issued for his arrest from the Oakland Police Department in the amount of $80,000 and a misdemeanor warrant out of Berkeley for $2,500. He did not have a driver’s license. He was under the influence of a controlled substance, possessed a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Pepper spray was located during a search of the vehicle. Both subjects were transported to the temporary holding facility.
Time: 0404
Case Number: 17-3081

Prepared by Carolyn McDowell, Management Analyst.

If you have questions regarding the Police Blotter contact Lieutenant Dan Moreno, 408-615-4865.


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