Morgan Hill, CA
Officer Brandon Richards joined the Morgan Hill Street Crimes team on Monday, May 12, 2008 and by the end of his first week, he and his partner, Officer Greg Dini, investigated a gang related stabbing, arrested a 16 year old for possession for sales of marijuana and cocaine, and arrested two young adults for tagging 30 different locations in Morgan Hill.
It all began on Monday, May 12, when a 16 year old was attacked at the Village Avante apartment complex. The victim was assaulted by 12 suspects who chased him, beat him with a bottle and stabbed him twice in the upper body. Detectives Dini and Richards, along with the other members of the Special Operations Team, were called into work to investigate the crime. The duo is following up on several leads to close the case.
On May 14, 2008, Street Crimes detectives stopped a vehicle at approximately 10:00 AM for a vehicle code violation. During the stop they established that the passenger, 16 year old juvenile male out of Morgan Hill, was on active probation. A follow up search of his residence revealed over 75 grams of marijuana packaged for sales and nearly 8 grams of cocaine. Along with the contraband, Dini and Richards located over $4,300.00 in cash, which was also seized as evidence. The juvenile was arrested and booked into juvenile hall.
Finally in the early morning hours of May 17 Detectives Dini and Richards were working enforcement duties at approximately 2:00 AM when they saw two suspicious males walking in the area of Dunne Avenue and Del Monte Ave. Richards and Dini made contact with the suspects once they saw one attempt to conceal something in his pocket. A search for weapons revealed a marker in the pocket of 18 year old Sergio Mora from San Jose. They also noticed that Mora’s hands as well as his friend’s, 19 year old Kevin Gonzalez of Morgan Hill, contained fresh paint, which was the same color as the paint marker. Dini and Richards were able to determine there was fresh tagging on Moon’s Kitchen. Mora possessed a camera that contained numerous photographs of tagging, similar to those found on Moon’s Kitchen. The moniker was “1ONEAMORE”. Their investigation revealed Mora and Gonzalez possibly tagged at least 30 more locations, such as the Ya Bon Coffee shop on Depot and other locations around the Cal-Train parking lot. Both Mora and Gonzalez were arrested for felony vandalism and transported to county jail.
This is the first week of having two full time Street Crimes Detectives and they have proven to be very effective and an asset to the department. In addition to their diligent efforts above, they also made three warrant arrests and kept on eye on other local hot spots.
Source: Morgan Hill PD Press Release