ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT IDENTIFIED
Detectives arrest suspect after DNA hit
SANTA BARBARA, CA – 10/4/2011 – On April 7th , 2010 Santa Barbara
PoliceOfficers responded to a call of a robbery at Joyeria Latina Americana
jewelrystore located at 118 North Milpas Street. It was determined that four
Hispanic male adults had entered the store and stole approximately
$750,000 in jewelry and $13,000 in cash. Two of the four robbers brandished
handguns during the robbery. They forced the store owner, an employee, and
the owner’s wife to a back room of the business. Once all three were in the
back room, the robbers tied the victims’ hands behind their backs and left them
lying face down on the floor. The victims were threatened several times during
the robbery. The robbers told the victims that they would be killed and if they
called police, they families would be killed.
Detectives responded to the jewelry store and began their investigation immediately. They collected evidence from the scene and followed several possible leads. Detectives sent some evidence to the California Department of Justice for possible DNA examination. On September 7th, 2011 detectives received word from the California Department of Justice that DNA had been located on the evidence and it returned to Jose Antonio Aviles, 32 years of age, from Los Angeles, CA. Detectives obtained a photograph of Aviles and reviewed the surveillance tape of the jewelry store robbery in Santa Barbara. Detectives determined that Aviles was one of the four involved in the robbery. Detectives learned that Aviles was currently in custody of the California Department of Corrections for a separate robbery he committed in California.
Santa Barbara Police Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Jose Antonio Aviles and on September 27th, 2011 drove to San Diego, California to arrest Aviles for robbery and kidnapping. The investigation is still ongoing and detectives are currently asking for the public’s help in identifying the other suspects involved in the robbery. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Claytor at (805) 897-2346.
City of Santa Barbara
Contact: Sergeant Lorenzo Duarte
Phone: (805) 897-2332
Fax: (805) 897-3733
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EASTSIDE CRACK DEALER ARESSTED
Most Crack Seen Locally in Two Years
SANTA BARBARA, CA - 2/17/2012 - February 17th, 2012. A few weeks ago, SBPD
narcotic detectives obtained information about a drug dealer living at a
residence in the 300 block of N. Nopal Street. During surveillance, detectives
saw that the suspect would deal drugs from his house and meet customers on foot
in the neighborhood near his house. At one point, detectives observed a young
child playing on the front porch of the suspect's residence. Detectives were
concerned about the safety of children and made this case a priority.
This afternoon, SBPD detectives went to Nopal Street to serve a search warrant
at the suspect's residence. Detectives saw the suspect, Pedro DeLaCruz Pastor,
age 27 as he was walking away from his home. They arrested him without
incident. Inside of Pastor's pockets was 12 grams of cocaine base. Detectives
then searched his residence and found an additional 4 ounces of cocaine base and
$814 cash. This form of Cocaine base is commonly known as 'crack cocaine.'
The approximate street value of the cocaine base is $3,200. Pastor was booked
at jail for possession of cocaine, transportation, and possession for sales.
Narcotic detectives commented that this was the largest amount of 'crack
cocaine' located at one time on one suspect in years.
HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED IN MEXICO
Homicide occurred in Santa Barbara in 1984
SANTA BARBARA, CA – 11/4/2011 – In May of 1984, Miguel Godoy Morales committed a homicide on the 500 block of Olive Street. Godoy stabbed Antonio Pineda to death during a brawl that had initiated at a nearby bar. After committing the homicide, Godoy fled to Mexico in order to avoid arrest and prosecution.
In 2004, Detectives from the Santa Barbara Police Department traveled to San Diego in order to meet with agents from the California Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence, Foreign Prosecution and Law Enforcement Unit (FPLEU). The purpose of the meeting was to file an Article 4 case against Godoy for the homicide he had committed in Santa Barbara, Ca. An Article 4 gives the Mexican authorities the legal right to arrest and prosecute Godoy in Mexico for the homicide committed in Santa Barbara. Detectives from Santa Barbara Police Department and Agents from the Department of Justice subsequently flew to Mexico City, Mexico and met with the office of Procuraduria General De La Republica (PGR) which accepted the Article 4 case. An arrest warrant for homicide committed in a foreign country was issued by a federal judge in Mexico ordering Godoy’s arrest.
Santa Barbara Detectives, Agents from FPLEU, PGR, and authorities from the City of Tijuana spent several years attempting to locate Godoy with no avail. On the evening of October 12th, 2011, twenty -seven years later, agents from the Baja California Norte, Policia Estatal Preventiva (PEP) , were conducting surveillance in the area near Godoy’s last known address in Tijuana. PEP located Godoy working on a disabled vehicle in a commercial parking lot near his residence. Godoy was arrested without incident and flown to Mexico City for detention. Godoy is now awaiting trial for the homicide he committed in Santa Barbara on May 27th, 1984.
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