Police Blotter: Stolen, Loaded Gun Seized

Also, investigators are tracking down a man who stole a surveillance camera, thanks to the video recording of the crime.

Another loaded gun has been taken off Watsonville streets.

The semi-automatic handgun stolen from Burlingame was found in the front console of a car after agents from the county Gang Task Force stopped the driver for a vehicle code violation Tuesday.

Alex Fernandez, 26, was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed firearm, possessing stolen property and gang participation, according to Watsonville police Sgt. Tony Magdayao.

Fernandez, the sole occupant of the car, was stopped on Green Valley Road near Hi Grade Lane. Agents reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the car and Fernandez admitted he had recently smoked pot, according to Magdayao.

Agents searched his car for contraband and found the gun, Magdayao reported. Fernandez was booked into County Jail.

Watsonville Police Log, Wednesday, May 2

7:53 a.m.—A 17-year-old by punched a hole in his mother's bedroom door, on the 400 block of Holohan Road. He fled before cops arrived, but was spotted around 11:30 a.m. and had a knife concealed in the waist band of his pants. The teen was arrested.

9:18 a.m.—Police investigated the theft of a surveillance camera on the 700 block of Lincoln Street, including viewing the video shot as the camera was taken the day before. A suspect was identified.

10:31 a.m.—A 39-year-old man left his vehicle running in a drive-thru window lane on the 100 block of Green Valley Road and it was stolen.

11:28 a.m.—A 64-year-old man was arrested for being drunk in public on the 2000 block of Freedom Boulevard.

6:57 p.m.—A woman was arrested on a warrant during a car stop on the 500 block of Auto Center Drive.

11:05 p.m.—A 28-year-old woman was arrested in Stroesser Alley for two warrants, drug possession and for being high on drugs.

Sheriff's Office Log, Monday, May 1

7:02 p.m.—A man was arrested for domestic violence after he allegedly grabbed his wife by the hair, pushed her face against the floor and shoved her on the bed during a fight. It happened on Stewart Avenue.

Parents of Alyssa May 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Seems like the new generation of trouble makers are making there statements out on these streets.
Watzon McWats May 04, 2012 at 01:36 AM
@Jose- They've always done that. Last I checked, crime was at an all time low in Watsonville - even lower than Santa Cruz and Capitola. :-)
Parents of Alyssa May 04, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Have you checked in the last month
Watzon McWats May 04, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I have not; however, I encourage you to checkout the actual stats via a website like citydata or the FBI's crime stat website. Compare Watsonville to places like Santa Cruz, Capitola, Salinas, Compton, etc, and then ask yourself if this is really the high crime city that everyone makes it out to be. I'd love for that information to get out there and for that myth to be debunked.
Watzon McWats May 04, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I guess my point is, there's always a few rotten apples in the barrel, but things aren't as bad as people make them out to be here.
Jennifer Squires May 04, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Crime is down slightly in Watsonville (as of the end of 2011) but juvenile crime rose last year. So far, we've had less murders through the first four months of this year, when compared to last year. That said, there was only one murder in all of 2010.
Parents of Alyssa May 04, 2012 at 02:28 AM
That is pretty good but these stabbing and robberys are alarming.


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