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Police Announce Guilty Pleas by Suspects in the 2015 Gehrkens RobberyIn November 2015, the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department initiated an investigation of a robbery that occurred at Gehrkens Fine Jewelers and Design located at 3 N. Santa Cruz Ave. As a result of the investigation, police identified and arrested Jamie Browning, Yvonne Rowland, Fadi Najjar, and Sean McGivern as the involved suspects responsible for the robbery. The suspects were determined to be linked to the involvement in an additional robbery which occurred in the City of San Jose in 2015.
On November 18, 2016, Jamie Browning pled to one count of robbery.
On March 17, 2017, Yvonne Rowland pled to one count of assault with a deadly weapon, nine counts of robbery, and four counts of false imprisonment. Her sentence awaits a decision determined by the court.
On April 26, 2017, Fadi Najjar and Sean McGivern pled guilty to combined cases from Los Gatos and San Jose. Najjar plead guilty to five counts of false imprisonment, five counts of robbery, and one count of kidnapping in the commission of a robbery. He will be sentenced to fifteen years in prison. Sean McGivern also pled guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon, six counts of robbery, five counts of false imprisonment, and one count of kidnapping in the commission of a robbery. McGivern will be sentenced to ten years in prison.
The Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department worked extensively on this investigation in conjunction with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, as well as the San Jose Police Department and the Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory. “This investigation was a great example of the Department’s collaborative efforts, vigilance, and excellent investigative work in bringing criminal suspects to justice,” stated Michael D’Antonio, Interim Chief of Police.
The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department will be hosting “Coffee with a Cop” on Thursday, May 4th from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. This community event will take place at Starbucks Coffee, located at the Los Gatos Shopping Center, 442 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos.
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Interim Police Chief Michael D'Antonio Invites the Community to Coffee with a Cop!
Coffee with a Cop provides the community and police with an opportunity to interact in a casual and personal atmosphere, allowing individual citizens to sit down with an officer and discuss any concerns or issues of importance to the citizen. The event is open to anyone wishing to attend.
Interim Chief Michael D’Antonio stated, “This is great opportunity for our officers and the community to get to know each other better, share ideas and collaboratively problem solve.” For more information about the event please contact Sergeant Kalipo Kauweloa at 408-354-6848.
On April 29, 2017, the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department will be participating in a National Prescription Drug Take-Back event, sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). As a part of the nationally recognized program, local residents can return their unnecessary, unwanted, or expired prescription medications for safe disposal at designated collection locations.
Threat at the Silicon Valley Jewish Federation Campus
On 3/9/2017, at 11:56 a.m. the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department responded to the Silicon Valley Jewish Federation Campus located at 14855 Oka Rd. in regards to a communicated bomb threat reported by campus staff. Evacuations of the Silicon Valley Jewish Federation Campus were conducted as a precautionary measure and response to the threat. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene and determined that no explosive devices were located, and rendered the area safe at 3:50 p.m. The police department has re-opened Oka Rd. and the Silicon Valley Jewish Federation Campus has resumed normal business.
The Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department will be conducting additional investigation working with local and Federal law enforcement authorities in this investigation.
The California Highway Patrol has implemented a full closure of southbound Highway 17 at Bear Creek. Traffic is being turned around at Bear Creek. There is no through traffic over Highway 17.
This is in addition to the full closure of both northbound and southbound Highway 17 at Vine Hill. There is also a mudslide southbound Highway 17 at Sugarloaf. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. Highway 129 through Watsonville and Highway 92 through Half Moon Bay are both viable options at this time.
Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department is working closely with Parks and Public Works to mitigate the impact on local streets. Additional resources have been deployed.
Police Solve Three Residential Burglaries and Arrest Four Suspects
Over the past several weeks, Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department initiated an investigation into three recent residential burglaries. On November 22, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m., a residence in the 400 block of Dardanelli Lane was ransacked by four male suspects who fled with an undisclosed amount of jewelry and currency. Video surveillance captured images of the suspects exiting the residence, and fleeing in a vehicle which was later determined to be stolen out of San Jose.
Partnership between the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department and Crisis Text Line
Please see the attached press release announcing the partnerships between the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department, Crisis Text Line and other local and regional partners in their efforts to proactively address mental health issues within our communities through emerging technology and outreach.
Matt Frisby, Chief of the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department stated “our partnership with Crisis Text Line provides us with the opportunity to engage with our communities in a safe and contemporary manner that will assist us in getting people the help that they need during difficult times.”
Police Department Hosts DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event
If there are any questions regarding the National Prescription Drug Take-Back event scheduled for October 22, 2016, please contact Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department at (408) 827-3214.
On Monday, October 1, 2016, the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department, along with many California law enforcement agencies, kicked-off the 2016 #PinkPatchProject, an innovative and collaborative campaign designed to increase public awareness about breast cancer.
Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, CA – July 18, 2016 – National Night Out is a nationwide event designed to build strong community partnerships that promote safe neighborhoods. Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department and Santa Clara County Fire Department will be hosting an open house 6-8 PM on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The event will take place at the Los Gatos Fire Station: 306 University Ave, Los Gatos. Residents are invited to attend the open house to visit with local firefighters and police officers, enjoy refreshments, as well as learn more about resources available in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno.
Residents Invited to National Night Out Open House 6-8pm on Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Suspects Arrested in
Los Gatos Home Invasion RobberyOn July 3, 2016, at approximately 10:00 p.m. Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Officers responded to a call of a robbery that just occurred in the 300 block of Harding Ave. in Los Gatos. Upon their arrival, officers learned that the male victim was approached inside his open garage by two masked male suspects, one armed with a handgun and the other armed with a knife. The suspects forced the victim into the residence where they confronted the female victim, while they ransacked the residence. Both suspects fled the scene taking miscellaneous electronics, an undisclosed amount of currency, and jewelry from the victims’ residence. Neither victim sustained any injuries as a result of the incident.
On June 25, 2016, the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department received information that Ali Shakoury, a 61 year- old resident of San Jose allegedly sexually assaulted a minor in Los Gatos. On June 29, 2016, after investigation by Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Detectives in collaboration with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, Shakoury was arrested by the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department at his residence in San Jose. Shakoury was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on one count of 288.7 (b) PC- Sexual Molestation of a Minor under 10 Years Old. Bail has been set for Shakoury by the Santa Clara County Superior Court at $1,000,000.00.
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department Announces Arrest
Since November 30, 2012, the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department has been investigating the murder of Monte Sereno resident Ravi Kumra and the home invasion robbery at the Kumra residence. DeAngelo Austin, Javier Garcia, Katrina Fritz, and Marcellous Drummer were all arrested as a result of the investigation. Drummer was found guilty by a jury in 2014 and is currently serving a life without the possibility of parole sentence in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Fritz pleaded guilty to robbery and false imprisonment with gang allegations and has been a cooperating witness since 2014. She awaits sentencing while the investigation and all trials that come from it are complete.
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Announces Two More Convictions in 2012 Monte Sereno Homicide
The Los Gatos Youth Commission, in partnership with the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, launched a program eight years ago to recognize Los Gatos businesses that demonstrate they are "youth friendly." The program seeks to give community recognition to businesses that hire youth, support their activities and or demonstrate a committed investment to their development and engagement; to date 96 youth friendly businesses have been recognized as part of this program.
Los Gatos Youth Commission and Chamber of Commerce Announce
Police Department to Host National Prescription Drug Take-Back EventOn April 30, 2016 the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event, sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). As a part of the nationally recognized program, local residents can return their unnecessary, unwanted, or expired prescription medications for safe disposal at designated collection locations.
On April 9, 2016, at 8:00 a.m., Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department conducted a probation search at a residence in the 600 block of W. Parr Avenue in Los Gatos. Contacted inside the residence were OLENA GUTSA (38) of Los Gatos, and ELIAS CASTENEDA (34) of San Jose. During the probation search, officers recovered a sizable amount of stolen mail from La Rinconada Drive, Greenfield Place, Mulberry Drive, Wedgewood Avenue, Lorain Place, Golf Links Drive and Clearview Drive in Los Gatos, as well as surrounding cities: Campbell, San Jose and Sunnyvale. Stolen property and narcotics paraphernalia were also recovered.
Stolen Mail Located During Probation Search