Spate of violence in greater Santa Cruz area

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

Following a stabbing and a fatal shooting near the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, and additional incidents in the Soquel area, I want to remind members of our campus community to be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious behavior, particularly if you’re in any of the areas where this violence occurred.

Officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department have arrested suspects in both the stabbing and the fatal shooting, and believe them to be gang-related. No one from the UC Santa Cruz community was involved.

Safety Tips

- If you feel you or others are in danger, immediately call 911.

- Immediately report all crimes, suspicious people, activity or information to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department.

- Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims. Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers.

- Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area.  

- Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas.