Gunman robs, hits woman
A woman was hit in the head with a gun and robbed of her backpack Monday night near Natural Bridges State Beach.
A man with a bandanna over his mouth approached the woman and demanded her bag near Natural Bridges Drive and Modesto Avenue about 7:30 p.m., according to emergency dispatches.
He took the bag -- which contained a laptop computer and a wallet -- then hit her on the head with the gun and fled, dispatchers said.
Authorities did not describe the woman's injuries Monday night. Dispatchers said the man appeared white and in his mid- to late 20s. He appeared 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build. He wore a gray sweater, jeans and sneakers, police said.
The man fled in a white Chrysler PT Cruiser. Police described the suspect on law enforcement radio but he was not caught as of 8 p.m.
Santa Cruz police ask anyone with information to call investigations at 831-420-5820, the anonymous tip line at 831-420-5995, or leave a tip at www.santacruzpolice.com or by the mobile application at http://m.santacruzpolice.com.
Drugs found in woman's bra
A traffic stop near Freedom and Airport boulevards Saturday night led to deputies uncovering 27.8 grams of methamphetamine hidden in the driver's bra, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said.
A deputy was on patrol about 10:30 p.m. when he spotted a white 1985 Buick four-door with expired registration tags and pulled over the car, deputy April Skalland said.
A K-9 led deputies to suspect the driver was carrying drugs. The meth was found in her bra, Skalland said.
Victoria Baker, 32, of San Jose was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale, she said.
Her passenger, 33-year-old Anthony Tavera of Watsonville, had two outstanding warrants, Skalland said.
Deputies warn of phone scam
Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies warned residents Monday not to fall prey to a recent scam that requests a money wire through Western Union.
A senior citizen recently received a call from someone who said a "grandson" was in a car accident out of the country, said deputy April Skalland.
The caller says the grandson needs surgery but has no money and needs it wired by Western Union. Deputies said money that is wired is almost never retrievable.
Authorities advised residents to check independently whether there is an emergency and never give out financial information on the phone.
$3,000 horse reported stolen
A horse valued at $3,000 was stolen recently from a property on Hughes Road, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said.
A man called deputies Saturday morning to report that his Andalusian mare was missing, and that he had seen her there the evening before, deputy April Skalland said.
The owner, who leases space for five horses at the property, said other people board their horses there as well and there was no sign the horse escaped on its own, Skalland said.
The 4-year-old mare is white with black or brown spots and has a two-inch scar on one of its legs above the hoof, she said.
Sheriff's deputies ask anyone with information on the case to call investigations at 831-454-2311 or the anonymous tipline at 831-454-2847.
Mountain biker rescued
A teen was carried out of the woods along Highway 9 about 1:45 p.m. Sunday after falling while mountain biking and injuring his leg, Felton Fire said.
Firefighters hiked up some steep terrain to reach the 14-year-old boy, who appeared to have broken his leg while riding about two miles south of Felton, said Ron Rickabaugh, chief of Felton Fire Protection District.
"It took us a while to reach him and package him up without jostling his leg around too much," Rickabaugh said.
The boy, who had been riding with friends, was taken to Dominican Hospital, Rickabaugh said.
Felton Fire responds to similar calls at least six times per year, he said. The area is popular with mountain bikers, and some of them set up jumps and other obstacles, he said.