Past Crimes of the Week

If you have any information regarding any of these crimes, the suspects, or the location of a weapon, vehicle or any other evidence  please call 1-800-499-CRIME. We do not want to know your name, just your information. You will be given a personal code number. You may call back in about 2 weeks to find out if your information leads to an arrest.  If so you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

CRIME OF THE WEEK
November 9, 1999

One year ago, Rigoberto Calderon, the resident manager of the apartment complex at 47 N. Hebbron St in Salinas, was talking with two friends as they stood in the parking lot of the complex. It was about 11:30 that Tuesday night November 3, 1998 when suddenly shots rang out. Rigoberto Calderon, father of 5 daughters, received head wounds, which resulted in his death hours later.

A Hispanic male was standing in the driveway as the shooting took place. After firing several shots the shooter was seen getting into a dark low-rider type vehicle. The route of escape was south on North Hebbron Street moving toward East Alisal Street.

The suspects are described as having shaved heads, between 18-20 years of age, 5’5″ tall and thin. The “shooter” was wearing blue jeans and a “puffy” 49’er sweat shirt.

The vehicle is described as a blue or black, mid 80’s low rider type Honda Civic or of similar appearance.

CRIME OF THE WEEK
October 18, 1999

An inoperative gas gauge precipitated a series of events, which ended with a seriously injured woman. On Monday, September 27, 1999 Lisa Freeman was driving north on Highway 1 when her vehicle unexpectedly ran out of gas. It was 2:00p.m. when Freeman and her passenger left the vehicle parked on the east shoulder near Jensen Road to walk back south to a gas station at the Struve Road intersection.

About 2:30 p.m., having obtained the gasoline, Freeman and companion were making their way back to the vehicle along the east shoulder of the busy highway. As they were nearing the Springfield School a vehicle approached them from behind. The vehicle, a van, was moving northbound on Highway 1 when suddenly the van veered onto the shoulder and struck Freeman as she walked along the east shoulder of the road.

Seriously injured, Freeman was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital. Although she survived, the recovery period will be an extended and painful one.

The suspect vehicle is described as an older model, possibly blue GM van. There was a vertical ladder on the left rear and a spare tire on the right rear of the van. Based on the mechanism of injury and physical evidence at the scene, it is possible that damage to the van may not be immediately seen. The van may have a missing right front passenger mirror – one was found near the scene.

Once again Crime Stoppers believes that this hit and run can best be solved by each and every person being watchful and alert for a similarly described vehicle at the workplace, a neighbor’s, co-worker’s, friend’s or rela-tive’s. Pay close attention to vehicles at gas stations, fast food retarurnats, anywhere there is shopping or as you travel to and from work or play.

Do not try to stop the vehicle. Get the license number. It would be helopful to have a description of the driver and/or occupant if it can be obtained without risk.

Special attention is requested of auto recycling, auto wreckers, auto repair shops, used car dealers, auto sup-ply stores and quick lube shops.

CRIME OF THE WEEK
September 28, 1999

Last week information was requested regarding a hit and run incident at Los Lomas and Hall Road in North Monterey County. It involved a 14-year-old boy on a bicycle. He survived the occurrence although he suffered head injuries. The majority of bicycle accidents occur within a mile of the child’s home. It was the case in this incident. It is estimated that collisions with motor vehicles account for 90% of all bicycle-related deaths and 10% of all nonfatal bicycle-related injuries.

Head injury is the leading cause of death and permanent disability in bicycle crashes. The most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes is a helmet. Helmet use reduces the risk of bicycle-related death, injury and the severity of head injury when a crash occurs. Unfortunately, national estimates report that helmet use among children ranges from 15% to 25%.

Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85% and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88%. It is estimated that 75% of bicycle-related fatalities among children could be prevented with the use of a helmet.  SEE “SAFETY PAGE”

New information regarding this hit and run case indicates the suspect vehicle may be a dark blue Honda Accord.

CRIME OF THE WEEK
September 21, 1999

About 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, September 11, a young boy and his friend were riding their bicycles South on Las Lomas Road in North Monterey County. At the intersection they started across Hall Road on the way to the Las Lomas Market. While in the crosswalk a blue auto failed to stop for the cyclists and struck the 14-year old boy who was first to attempt the crossing. The critically injured boy was wearing a helmet that may have saved his life. The second boy was not struck.

The suspect medium blue auto sped off going east on Hall Road, at least as far as San Miguel Canyon Road and possibly further on to Highway 101. From that point the driver would have easy access to escape in any direction.

The suspect navy blue auto is described as being similar to a l980 -’90 mid-size, Honda Accord, Nissan Sentra or Ford Escort style – possibly a hatchback. The California license plate has a white back-ground, not blue. There should be fresh damage to the auto. Headlights, front bumper, hood, fenders and/or paint may show visible damage. It is urgent that the vehicle be found before repairs are made.

This case of hit and run can best be solved by each and every person being watchful and alert for a similarly described vehicle at the workplace, a neighbor’s, co-worker’s, friend’s or relative’s. Pay close attention to vehicles at gas stations, fast food restaurants, anywhere there is shopping or as you travel to and from work or play.Do not try to stop the vehicle. Get the license number. It would be helpful to have a description of the driver and/or occupant if it can be obtained without risk.

Special attention is requested of auto recycling, auto wreckers, auto repair shops, used car dealers, auto supply stores and quick lube shops.

CRIME OF THE WEEK

September 6, 1999
When Nancy Vessia Marks failed to report for work as a child care specialist on Tuesday morning, August 10th,1999, co-workers became concerned.  Marks had a very good attendance record. Co-workers called Marks’ daughter,Yolanda Magno, who lived nearby.

Upon arrival at Marks’ Seaside home at 1576 Luxton, Magno discovered her mother’s body. Police and emergency personnel were called to the home. The 50 year old had been shot and killed several hours earlier. Neighbors indicated they heard a disturbance about 8:30 p.m. Monday evening.

Juan Antonio Beltran Lopez, a 31year old housemate of Marks, is wanted for questioning. Lopez is described as a Hispanic male, 5’7″, weighs 160 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and medium complexion. His hair is usually worn long – sometimes in a ponytail. Please note the similarity in the placement of the part in Lopez’s hair in both styles. Another similar-ity is the facial hair at the sides of the mouth even without the full goatee or beard.

Lopez may have 2 small male children with him – Joseph Lopez Calzada, age 5 years and Juan Lopez Calzada, age 3. The location and welfare of these children is of concern.

Lopez was last seen driving a green 1994 Plymouth van – California License #3FKM326. The steering wheel has a fur covering. A shark ornament, made by one of his sons, hangs from the rear view mirror.

CRIME OF THE WEEK

August 4, 1999

Over the past 6 months the Narcotic Enforcement Unit of Monterey County (NEUCOM)

conducted raids which led to the arrest of 2 local residents. The charges were for possession of “meth”.

Catherine Louise Wilson, aged 42, was sentenced and placed on probation following her conviction for possession of methamphetamine. She has since violated the terms of her probation and a no bail warrant has been issued for her arrest.  Wilson is described as a white female adult, 5’4” tall and weighing 125 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

 Samuel Neal Markham, age 37, was the second person arrested.  He too was convicted for possession of methamphetamine, sentenced and placed on probation. Markham has also violated the terms of his probation and a warrant issued for his arrest. Markham is described as being a white male adult, 5’8” tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Markham and Wilson are believed to be traveling together. They were last reported seen in the vicinity of Sand City/Seaside. However they do have connections in other areas of the county.

CRIME OF THE WEEK
June 15, 1999
During the stormy night of April 5 and/or the early morning of April 6,1999 a burglary occurred at MK Ballistics on Santa Ana Valley Road near Hollister, California. Although the 15 items may have been stolen to be sold, the ultimate use will probably be to threaten or to kill. The 15 weapons chosen indicated a knowledge of weaponry and armaments by the suspects.

The deadly purpose of the burglary was further defined by the fact that a large amount of armor- piercing ammunition and a 40mm M79 grenade launcher were among the items stolen. A list follows:

§ 2 Remington 870 Police Model Shotguns, 12 ga.
§ 2 Mossberg 500 Military Spec Shotguns, 23 ga.
§ 1 Mossberg 590 Shotgun, 12 ga.
§ 1 Mossberg 514 Shotgun – 14″barrel, 12 ga.
§ 1 HAWK Shotgun – 12 ga.
§ 1 Marlin 512 – Rifled Bolt Action Shotgun, 23 ga.
§ 1 Berreta 2300FP – Semi Automatic Shotgun
§ 3 Defense Technology – 37mm Gas guns
§ 1 Penn Arms – L-1 Gas gun
§ 1 Cobray – Flare Launcher
§ 1 M790 – 40mm Grenade Launcher

A call to Crime Stoppers led to the recovery of the armor-piercing ammo, but the weapons still remain in the hands of people with ulterior motives.

If you were driving along Santa Ana Valley Road during the night of April 5th or morning of April 6th and saw a vehicle or vehicles parked in or near the entrance to MK Ballistics please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-499-CRIME. The burglar/s may have been seen carrying the stolen items up the driveway either by hand or hand truck to one or more vehicles. One of the vehicles may have been a van, SUV or truck. If you have any information about the person or persons who committed the burglary call Crime Stoppers.

If you know the present location of or who possessed any of the stolen weapons call Crime Stoppers. If you know of someone who has recently acquired a large number of weapons, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-499-CRIME.

GUIDELINES TO GIVING

The spring and summer has it’s own regulars at soliciting funds. Young people -generally 16 or older — are frequently caravanned into Monterey County from the San Jose area and north. They ask for outright donations or for financial support to send them to camp, special training schools, etc.  Many times they say it is a competition to see who can collect the most money, sell the most subscriptions, etc. The winners allegedly get trips as prizes.

Crime Stoppers once again issues a reminder to follow some simple ‘Guidelines to Giving’:

§ When a doorbell ringer appears to solicit donations, ask them to slowly repeat the name of the charity, the location of the office and phone number.
§ Ask for identification of the solicitor and to see the permit that is issued by the local police department or city in which you live.
§ Do not allow the solicitor to enter your home. Ask them to either wait outside until you can check with the charity or to come back at another time, which you choose. Either way, verification should be made before donating.
§ Ask for an envelope in which to send the donation later. If they refuse, give a second thought about donating. This also gives you an opportunity to confirm the legitimacy of the organization.

Frequently solicitations take the form of phone calls requesting donations to what sounds like a familiar charity. The change in the name from the authentic charity is usually a subtle one. The caller frequently wants to send someone to pick up your donation.

Ask for the name of the caller and the phone number for verification of legitimacy. Explain you will call back. Then check the phone book for the exact name. Call to verify a telephone fund-raising campaign is underway.

Remember that you are in control of your phone. Just hang up at any time during the solicitation or verification

The majority of pleas for assistance are lawful but as always there are a few who take advantage of others. Be wary but be generous to those legitimate non-profit organizations that need your assistance. Make your dollar count!

CRIME OF THE WEEK

Recent events have prompted a number of inquiries regarding the role that Crime Stoppers plays when crimes are committed by and/or against juveniles. The full resources of Crime Stoppers are available 24 hours a day, year round for the gathering of information about all crimes regardless of the perpetrator, victim or caller’s age.

A Crime Stoppers program in the eastern United States paid a 7 year old boy $1,000 cash for information that resulted in the arrest of the person who committed a murder. The boy’s identity is not known. Crime Stoppers of Monterey County received a call giving the name of a 15 year old boy who murdered an 8 year old boy in New Jersey. The 15 year old was tried, convicted and will be in custody for life.

Rewards in Monterey County are paid in cash. The person who anonymously calls with information is not seen when the delivery of the reward money is made.

Much of the evidence in the recent school related events indicates knowledge on the part of fellow students, family and friends. If reported anonymously to a Crime Stoppers program an investigation may have interrupted the deadly course.

Crime Stoppers is not a law enforcement agency. We do not determine the definition of a crime, only that a crime, as described by the various penal codes, has been committed and a suspect is being sought….the age of the suspect nor the victim has any bearing on the effort put forth to gather information leading to the location and subsequent arrest of the alleged perpetrator.

Crime Stoppers is not an arm of any judicial department.. We do not determine the severity of the punishment for committing a crime nor the degree of guilt. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1,000 for information that leads to arrest only. It is not the responsibility of a caller to provide proof nor to be a witness. On the contrary – the caller must remain anonymous and only give information he or she believes to be the truth.

Crime Stoppers representing the public, law enforcement agencies in Monterey County and the media work together to “STOP CRIME IN THE COMMUNITY SAFELY!”.

CRIME OF THE WEEK
CAR -JACKING Part 2

Previously reported were important points to remember about car-jacking warned of late night to early mornings being the
most frequent time of day the crime is committed. You were cautioned to be alert to your surroundings, suspicious
people or vehicles, to have your keys ready when approaching your vehicle, keep belongings in the trunk or out of sight
and to be wary of parking lots, pay phones and gas stations near freeway on- and off-ramps. Your route and fueling
stops should be carefully researched and planned to take you through well-lit and populated areas.

The number of car jackings has more than doubled in recent years. All vehicles are targets, regardless of value. Eighty
percent of car-jacking victims are males.Here are some further suggestions for a safe trip whether travelling to work or to
play at a vacation destination.

A car or cellular phone has become one of the first lines of defense. The phone offers immediate connection with
emergency services without leaving your vehicle. It can be kept with upon leaving the vehicle for use in summoning help
as well.

If you suspect that a vehicle is following you, go to the nearest police department, fire station or hospital. Honking
your horn may also thwart a car-jacker. Criminals don’t like being watched!
If you are involved in a rear-end collision, which is a common ploy, don’t get out of your vehicle. Motion the other
party to a safer area for you, where people are present and from which police can be summoned (see above).
If you must drive alone or at night, after determining your route, tell a friend or loved one about your travel plans,
including your route and time schedule.
Learn about your route. Inquire of local people such as cabdrivers, waitpersons, hotel concierge, desk clerks or local
policemen. Inquire about safe areas and those areas to avoid. When researching, a call to the Chambers of
Commerce along the way will provide maps, the location of police and fire stations, hospitals, lodging and possibly
suggested safe routes through their cities.
Don’t leave identifying materials, including your auto registration, in your vehicle.
Keep car and house keys separate. You don’t want to give a car-jacker access to your home.
Make eye contact with any possible assailant. It helps you predict a person’s actions and lessens the element of
surprise.
Memorize your automobile license number to police in the event of a problem.

The good news about car-jacking is that 70% of the vehicles are recovered in a relatively short time. Frequently with
only its radio and interior contents missing. Providing accurate information to law enforcement personnel is crucial to a
positive outcome.


CRIME OF THE WEEK
April 13, 1999

Loretta Sessums Mudersbach would have been 54 years old today had her life not been taken from her 9 years ago. She was brutally stabbed to death in her own shower at her home on Franke Lane in Prunedale. A victim of violence perpetrated by a former family member and accomplice. Her body was found by her 81 year old mother after she had been dead for almost 12 hours.

This victim’s murder was the impetus which brought Crime Stoppers to Monterey County by the following year. Although one of her assailants has since committed suicide and the other remains free, other families and the residents of Monterey County have benefited from that heinous crime.

Since that first meeting in November, 1991 the law enforcement agencies throughout Monterey County, the media and the public have worked together to cause arrests and convictions to be made in a variety of cases. Murderers, attempted murderers, many drug dealers, child molesters, pedophiles in other California counties, check fraud artist that had been wanted for 4 years, a multiple violation felon wanted in 4 counties, the perpetrators of a hate crimes and many others.

All volunteer Crime Stoppers of Monterey County has been fingerprinting children since 1993. Statistics began being recorded in late 1995. With the completion on Friday, April 9th fingerprinting all students at Santa Rita School the total has reached 12,923 children. That is 129,230 fingers on 25,846 hands.

The violent death of Ms. Sessums Mudersbach has done much to encourage residents to participate in the attempt to stop crime in the community and to ultimately make our children safe.

**Crime Stoppers of Monterey County, Inc. is a volunteer organization established to assist law enforcement agencies by urging the public to call anonymously with information about criminals, suspects and unsolved crimes.

CRIME OF THE WEEK
February 23. 1999

A suspect was arrested in connection with an operating methamphetamine laboratory in Castroville in January. The arrest and seizure was made by officers of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Task Force.

However the primary operator of the laboratory remains at large. A felony warrant has been issued for the arrest of the suspect, ARTHUR GENE STILLWELL. The suspect has been charged with the manufacture of and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of precursor chemicals which are used in the production of “meth”

ARTHUR GENE STILLWELL has a history of violence and weapons offenses. He is described as a white, male adult with gray hair and blue eyes. The suspect is 5’10” tall and weighs about 170.

The 56 year old STILLWELL has contacts throughout Monterey County has worked in construction in the San Jose area and was recently sighted in Watsonville.

*If you have any information about STILLWELL, such as his current location, the name of his employer, a job site address, vehicle description and/or license number, friends or relatives names or any other information relating to the suspect please call CRIME STOPPERS OF MONTEREY COUNTY at toll-free 1-800-499-CRIME. We do not want to know your name, just your information. You will be given a personal code number. If your information leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

CRIME OF THE WEEK
January 26, 1999

It was December 12, 1996 when STAR LYNN MOOREN, left her office at Carmel Rancho Shopping Center about 5:20p.m. It was a short walk to her car in the adjacent parking lot, She drove off in the 4 door, maroon colored ’94 Nissan Sentra she had driven to work for 2-1/2 years.

MOOREN was a white adult female, 5’4″ weighing 100 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. That Thursday she was wearing an olive drab green, long sleeved, button front sweater over an off-white short sleeved T-shirt with off-white leggings and brown suede ankle boots.

The 30 year old MOOREN is believed to have driven directly to her Monterey home on Via Buena Vista. She probably arrived about 10 minutes later. Some time between her arrival home and approximately 9:00p.m that evening MOOREN opened the door to someone she knew.

The visitor or visitors were on a deadly mission – to murder MOOREN. The victim had multiple sharp force injuries. She knew her attackers! There was no forced entry nor sign of a struggle. About 9:20p.m. MOOREN’S fiance’ arrived and found her lifeless body in the living room.

MOOREN had lived for about a year and a half in the single family home at the dead end of the secluded residential street. The winter evening was very dark and there was limited lighting. When questioned, the neighbors said they had neither seen nor heard anything unusual.

*If you have any information regarding the person or persons who murdered STAR LYNN MOOREN or any criminal suspect, or unsolved crime please call 1-800-499-CRIME . We do not want to know your name, just your information. You will be given a personal code number. If your information leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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