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 (www.scpd.org), is updated daily and serves as the most comprehensive list of arrests made.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Location: San Tomas Expressway and Monroe Street
An officer was traveling in the area of San Tomas Expressway and Monroe Street when a vehicle was observed traveling at a high rate of speed. A DMV Records check showed it had expired registration, however it was displaying a current registration tab. As a result, the officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop.
The officer approached the two females in the vehicle. A Records check revealed she was an unlicensed driver with three felony warrants out of San Jose, Milpitas and Salinas totaling $55,000. She could not produce valid insurance for the vehicle, stating she was not the owner of the vehicle and was unaware of the expired registration and false registration tabs. She was arrested and the vehicle was impounded.
The passenger was also determined to have an active misdemeanor warrant. Both parties were transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-6031
Monday, July 17, 2017
Location: 4700 Block of Great America Parkway
An officer responded to California’s Great America theme park for a dog locked inside a vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer located two puppies inside the vehicle, panting at a rapid rate and in distress.
The Santa Clara Fire Department was contacted to assist in gaining access to the vehicle.
After gaining entry to the vehicle, the internal vehicle temperature was recorded at 123 degrees despite the vehicles windows being cracked. There was no food or water available to the animals. The vehicle emanated a strong odor of urine and feces. Both puppies also had elevated internal temperatures and were given cool water to drink. It is estimated the puppies were locked in the vehicle for approximately one hour based on the parking receipt inside the vehicle.
The family members returned to the vehicle and were contacted by police personnel. The owner of the puppies was issued a citation and Notice to Appear.
Case Number: 17-6058
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Location: 900 Block of Pepper Tree Lane
An armed robbery occurred on the 900 block of Pepper Tree Lane. Two victims were approached by an unknown male suspect who brandished a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The suspect ripped a gold and platinum necklace from around the victim’s neck and fled on foot.
SCPD conducted a search, which included a K-9 unit, but were unsuccessful in locating the suspect.
Case Number: 17-6095
Location: Fresno Street and Alpine Avenue
Two children were riding bicycles in the area of Fresno Street and Alpine Avenue when they were approached by a male suspect in a vehicle. The suspect pulled to the curb and called one child, a young girl, to the car. When the child approached the car, she realized the male driver was unclothed from the waist down and was masturbating. The suspect drove away. Officers located surveillance footage of the incident and this case has been forwarded to the Detective Bureau for investigation.
Case Number: 17-6090
On July 17, 2017, at approximately 7:00 p.m., a white Volkswagen Jetta stopped near the intersection of Fresno Street and Alpine Avenue. The driver of the Jetta called a 9-year-old victim over to his window and exposed himself while masturbating. The suspect then drove away and was not identified at this time.
A few days later, a Santa Clara Police Detective reviewed a law enforcement flier put out by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in Lake Tahoe. The flier identified suspect Wellington Potter as exposing himself on seven different occasions in the Lake Tahoe area between March, 2017, and April, 2017, at various ski resorts. Suspect Potter would target mostly young girls from 7 to 15-years-old. One victim was 30 years old. A Santa Clara Detective discovered that Potter drove a white VW Jetta and noted similarities between the Placer County cases and the Santa Clara case.
Detectives from the Santa Clara Police Special Enforcement Team (SET) located Potter in the area of Homestead Road and Los Padres Boulevard driving his white VW Jetta. Potter had just exposed himself to two female juveniles that were walking nearby. SET Detectives arrested Potter shortly thereafter. Placer County Detectives came to town to interview Potter regarding their seven cases.
Potter was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on three counts of Indecent Exposure and three counts of Annoying a Child Under 16 years old.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding these cases is asked to contact Detective John Terry at (408) 615-4812.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Location: Highway 280 and Lawrence Expressway
An officer observed a motorcycle with expired registration and initiated a traffic enforcement stop. The operator of the motorcycle was wearing a full face helmet, veered to the right giving the officer the impression of pulling over, then merged onto southbound highway 280. The officer pursued the motorcyclist until traffic started to slow/stop and the suspect hit the back end of a pick-up truck. The female passenger catapulted through the air and into the bed of the truck. As the officer approached the crash, the suspect pulled the motorcycle from under the truck, started it and started to flee. The officer attempted to pin the motorcycle to the ground, but the suspect was able to ride away.
A California Highway Patrol officer came to aid and was able to chase the suspect. The suspect dropped his motorcycle in lane #1, approximately 200 yards from the original crash, and ran across five lanes of traffic on northbound highway 280. The suspect remains at large. This incident took place over 4.2 miles.
The passenger was transported to a local hospital.
A check of the license plate revealed it was from another motorcycle. The vehicle identification number on the motorcycle confirmed it was stolen out of San Jose. The motorcycle was towed from the scene.
The Detective Bureau will be investigating this case further.
Case Number: 17-6103
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Driving Under the Influence
Location: 800 Block of El Camino Real
Officers responded to a motel on the 800 block of El Camino Real on the report of an unknown injury traffic collision. According to witnesses, a vehicle left the roadway, overturned several times and collided into a building. While airborne, the vehicle took out a light pole, several tree branches and cleared a couple of parked cars.
Upon arrival, the officers located a car resting on its roof, however, there were no occupants in it. The driver was ejected through the rear window. The reporting party had escorted the driver to a table outside of one of the motel rooms. The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for driving under the influence.
The Santa Clara Fire Department was on scene to treat the driver who was later transported to a local hospital for observation.
Case No: 17-6126
Friday, July 21, 2017
Location: 1200 Block of Coleman Avenue
Two male suspects entered a business on the 1200 block of Coleman Avenue and stole $2,400 in wine. The suspect’s fled the scene to an awaiting vehicle driven by a female subject. The suspect’s whereabouts and identity remain unknown.
Case Number: 17-6162
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Traffic Accident – Major Injury
Location: 1300 Block of Via Dondera
At approximately 0259 hours, Public Safety Dispatchers received several calls regarding a collision near El Sobrante and Via Dondera. According to the victims, three individuals exited a vehicle. As they had their backs turned towards the street, a vehicle slammed into two of the individuals before fleeing the scene. Both victims were had significant injuries and were transported to a local hospital.
At approximately 0325 hours, an officer located the suspect vehicle on Pomeroy Avenue near Humboldt Avenue. The officer activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and the suspect quickly made a right turn onto Calabazas Boulevard. The suspect drove into a parking area of an apartment complex until it could go no further. Upon contact, the officer observed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication. The suspect was in possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana and two unopened cans of beer. The freshly damaged suspect vehicle had paint transfer and damage consistent with the hit and run. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 17-6184
Prepared by Carolyn McDowell, Management Analyst.
If you have questions regarding the Police Blotter contact Lieutenant Dan Moreno, 408-615-4865.