SANTA CRUZ

Car owner, alarm foil armed auto burglar on Sycamore St.

A 20-year-old Santa Cruz man was arrested Saturday night after a man saw him breaking into a car, knocked a knife out of his hand and detained him, police said.

About 11:15 p.m., a 23-year-old man went to get something from his car and noticed the window had been shattered and some items were missing, police spokesman Zach Friend said. The car owner then heard a car alarm sounding nearby and saw a man in a hooded sweatshirt walking quickly away, Friend said.

The car owner stopped the man, began to ask him what he was doing, and then prevented him from leaving. At that point, the suspect pulled out a knife, Friend said.

The car owner knocked the weapon out of his hand, and with help from a friend, was able to hold him until police arrived. The victim suffered some abrasions while struggling with the suspect, Friend said.

Ramon Suarez-Talamantes was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and assault, police said.

Police say he broke into a Honda CRV and a Volkswagen sedan.

Santa Cruz police ask anyone with information to call the anonymous tipline at 831-420-5995 or leave a tip at www.santacruzpolice.com or on its cellphone application at http://m.santacruzpolice.com.

LIVE OAK

Resident of 40th Avenue arrested with weapons, drugs, deputies say

A 49-year-old Live Oak man was arrested Sunday night on a list of charges after deputies conducted a probation search at his 40th Avenue home and found a loaded gun, stolen credit cards and three types of illegal drugs, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies searched the home of Mark Eugene Rowell, near Deanes Lane about one block from Clares Street, about 10:30 p.m., deputy April Skalland said.

They found a loaded .45-caliber handgun, ammunition, an illegal high-capacity magazine and brass knuckles, as well as burglary tools, stolen credit cards and other evidence of ID theft, plus about 27 grams of methamphetamine, 14.5 grams of heroin and 129 grams of marijuana, Skalland said.

Rowell was with Laurinda Monti-Wilson, and both were under the influence, she said.

Monti-Wilson also was arrested on suspicion of possessing a Taser, she said.

Rowell remained in County Jail on Monday afternoon, with a list of 14 misdemeanor and felony offenses, including a probation violation and three counts of possessing drugs for sale.

WATSONVILLE

Shots fired into Sudden Street home with several children inside

Several men approached a home on Sudden Street on Sunday evening and fired several shots through a window in what is being investigated as a gang crime, police said.

Officers were called to the 100 block of Sudden Street, near the corner of East Fifth Street, about 5:45 p.m. for a report of shots fired, Sgt. Tony Magdayao said.

They found that a home there had been shot at several times and that a family with several children, ages infant to young adult, were inside and uninjured, Magdayao said.

Police say several suspects came up to the home and fired multiple rounds at a window before fleeing in different directions, he said.

The shooters were described only as wearing dark clothing, he said.

Magdayao said one man was seen running off holding a handgun. The men were not found despite an extensive search, police said.

Officers ask anyone with information to call the Investigations Bureau at 768-3350 or the crime tipline at 768-3544.

aPTOS

Watsonville man arrested in theft of $100 bill

A 24-year-old man was arrested Monday after grabbing a $100 bill from a store counter in the Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center and fleeing with it, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported.

Ryan Joseph Morris, 24, was in Fleet Feet Aptos on State Park and Soquel drives about noon when he grabbed a $100 bill a customer had placed on the counter while buying something, Sgt. Steve Carney said.

Deputies chased Morris to the Seacliff Inn across the street, where he went upstairs and tried to escape but was caught, Carney said.

They found evidence linking him to the theft of a purse from an older woman outside Safeway in the same shopping center last week, he said.

Morris was arrested on suspicion of grand theft, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating probation, he said.

He was on probation after a conviction earlier this year for burglarizing a marijuana dispensary in Soquel, officials said.

Carney said his last known address was in Watsonville.

SCOTTS VALLEY

Man arrested on suspicion of DUI, pot possession after Hwy. 17 wreck

A 21-year-old Scotts Valley man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Saturday after crashing a 2010 Dodge Charger into the center divider on Highway 17 near Pasatiempo, the California Highway Patrol said.

Blaine Thomas Bariteau also was found to have about 63 grams of marijuana, CHP officer Sarah Jackson said.

He was apparently returning home from a nightclub in downtown Santa Cruz when he lost control of the car, Jackson said. It was towed; Bariteau and a 21-year-old male passenger were not hurt, she said.

Bariteau was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, with an allegation that his blood alcohol level was more than 0.15, and for a marijuana possession charge, Jackson said.

The crash occurred about 1:45 a.m., she said.