Three stabbed on Seascape Beach
Three men were stabbed Saturday night on the beach below Seascape Beach Resort in what appears to be a gang-related attack, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said.
Deputies were called to the area about 10:45 p.m. and learned that two men suffered superficial stab wounds and one suffered a serious injury, Sgt. Robin Mitchell said.
The one stab victim was flown to a Santa Clara County trauma center and was still in the hospital Sunday, Mitchell said. His condition was not available.
The beach was crowded and at least two large groups were having bonfires when members of one group attacked the other, she said. Witnesses reported that the assailants were Latinos in their 20s who yelled gang slogans during the attack, she said.
The investigation is continuing.
Deputies ask anyone with information on the case to call investigators at 454-2311 or the tip line at 454-2847.
Florida man arrested for allegedly groping teen
A 23-year-old Florida man was arrested Friday evening on suspicion of sexually battering a teen girl outside Orchard Supply on 41st Avenue, police said.
The 14-year-old victim was with friends when the man approached and grabbed her in a sexual manner, police said.
The teens ran across the street to the mall, but the assailant followed, Sgt. Mark Gonzalez said.
Mall security tried to detain him, but he fled, Gonzalez said.
Police and sheriff's deputies searched the area and an officer found the suspect in Fast Eddy's Billiards on Capitola Road, he said.
Farris Kaloti resisted arrest, but two officers arrested him, Gonzalez said.
Kaloti, described as a transient from Florida, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of felony sexual assault, police said.
Man exposes himself to two groups of girls
Authorities are seeking a man who exposed himself to two separate groups of girls in South County on Saturday.
In Watsonville, a woman and girls were walking near Chappell Road and Oliviera Loop near Airport Boulevard about 3 p.m. when a chubby white man in his 20s or 30s with light-colored hair and a beard pulled up near them in a black Toyota and began masturbating, police said.
The victims fled, but were followed and approached by the man a second time, Sgt. Morgan Chappell said. They ran to a nearby home and the suspect drove away, he said.
The car was described as a black 2006 to 2008 four-door Camry or Corolla. It was described as being stock and the Toyota emblem was gold. The license plate possibly included the initial letters "5K."
Later that afternoon in Seascape, a man with a similar description pulled over near two girls and opened the door while masturbating, sheriff's Sgt. Robin Mitchell said. He was also described as having light-colored hair and a beard.
A possibly related incident was reported near Estrella and Caliente drives in Scotts Valley about 5:50 p.m. on Sept. 14 when a man pulled in front of a 15-year-old girl on the sidewalk and parked. The driver opened the door and was masturbating, police said.
However, the suspect was described as having short black hair. He was also estimated to be in his late 20s and was described as overweight.
Watsonville police ask anyone with information on the case to call the crime tip line at 728-3544 or the Watsonville Police Department Investigation Bureau at 768-3352.
Reach the Sheriff's Office at 454-2311. Reach Scotts Valley police at 440-5670.
Four arrested in alleged shoplifting scam
Four Stockton residents were arrested Saturday after security officers reported suspicious activity at Kohl's and police found the group with 20 department store gift cards and items stolen from stores throughout the Bay Area, police said.
Police believe the group was stealing items or buying stolen items with the tags still attached and then returning them without a receipt and getting gift cards, Capitola police Sgt. Mark Gonzalez said.
The four were caught after mall security officers saw a couple acting suspiciously at Kohl's about 1 p.m., Gonzalez said. They left with two women waiting outside in a Hyundai, but security officers got the car's license plate number, he said.
Officer Chris Thompson spotted the car at Home Depot and contacted the occupants, none of whom had driver's licenses, Gonzalez said.
Police also realized the registration tags on the Hyundai were stolen and that the car had not been registered for five years, he said.
Thompson found stolen clothing and toiletry items with the tags attached as well as about 20 gift cards, he said. The investigation is continuing, he said.
Lashonda Nix and Rozina Wiley, both 27, were arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property, conspiracy and driving with a suspended license.
Perkita Reed, 41, and William Johnson, 21, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy.
Two flown out after separate bike crashes
Two men were flown to area trauma centers Sunday after suffering injuries in bike accidents.
About 1 p.m., a 65-year-old Aptos man in a white Ford Fusion tried to pass a bike on Soquel Drive near Aptos Street by crossing into the opposing lane when he saw oncoming traffic, swerved back and struck the bike, the California Highway Patrol said.
The bicyclist, a 49-year-old Santa Cruz man, suffered major injuries, officer Jeff Hatcher said.
Earlier Sunday, about 8:40 a.m., a bicyclist was hurt when his bike collided with a car on Freedom Boulevard, said Capt. Mike Martin of Aptos La Selva Fire Protection District.
The man was riding near McDonald Road, with his fiance riding behind him, when he turned to point out a pothole and then apparently veered toward the car and the two collided, Martin said.
The man appeared to be middle-aged, he said.