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Police Arrest Suspect Communicating and Exchanging Child Pornography with a Minor

Los Gatos, CA-- The Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department arrested Shahriyar Mohammed Reza, 26 year-old resident of the City of Santa Clara, on charges of unlawful communication with a minor, possession of child pornography, arranging to meet a minor for sex acts, and causing a minor to send harmful matter over the internet.
An investigation revealed that the suspect befriended the minor victim through an online social media communication application. The suspect requested illicit images from the victim and made attempts to meet with the victim to solicit lewd and lascivious conduct. The Department collaborated with resources from the San Jose Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and continued the investigation which lead to the identification of Reza.
On December 7, 2017, Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Detectives, San Jose Police Department ICAC Task Force, and Santa Clara Police Department Officers arrested Reza without incident in front of his residence in the 3700 block of Lillick Drive in Santa Clara, CA. Reza was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for PC 311.11 (A)- Possession of Child Pornography, PC 647.6 (A)(1)- Annoy and Molest a Minor, PC 288.3 (A)- Communicate with a Minor to Commit a Felony, and PC 288.4 (B)- Arranging to Meet a Minor.
Police Detectives are conducting further investigation to determine if there are any additional victims. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department at (408) 354-8600.
 
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Police Announce Guilty Pleas by Suspects in the 2015 Gehrkens Robbery


 

In 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.

Please contact Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Michael Gadeberg (408) 808-3773, for any additional details pertaining to this investigation.
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Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Interim Police Chief Michael D'Antonio Invites the Community to Coffee with a Cop!

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. 
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. 

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 Police Department Hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

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.

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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.


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Traffic Advisory


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. 


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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.
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