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March 23, 2023

MHPD offers $5K reward for unsolved 2020 murder

Morgan Hill Police—in partnership with a Los Altos-based nonprofit that advocates for crime victims—is offering a reward for information about the unsolved murder of Michael Duran, according to authorities. Duran, 18, was shot and killed by an unknown suspect or suspects May 29, 2020, while...

Police investigate swastikas painted on Morgan Hill temple

Someone painted two swastikas on the door of a Jewish temple in Morgan Hill, and police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime, according to authorities.

Police blotter: Theft, burglary, fraud

Police arrested a man who had multiple warrants after responding to a report of a domestic dispute.

Police investigate Cosmo Ave. shooting

Morgan Hill Police are investigating reports of shots fired on Cosmo Avenue Friday afternoon.

Suspected ‘Boogaloo boy’ back in court Oct. 5

Gilroy resident Alan Viarengo, who is accused of repeatedly threatening Santa Clara County’s public health officer over Covid-19 policies, did not enter a plea at a Sept. 1 hearing at the San Jose Hall of Justice.

Morgan Hill church pastor accused of molesting children

Morgan Hill Police arrested the pastor of a local church on accusations that he molested multiple children, according to authorities. Carlos Ramos Castrejon, 65, of Hollister, was arrested Oct. 29 on suspicion of 13 counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than...

Police release more details about shooting of Gilroy suspect

San Jose Police identified the man who died in a Jan. 21 officer-involved shooting as David Lee Tovar, who was a suspect in dozens of violent crimes, burglaries and thefts in the South Bay dating back to April 2020, according to authorities. Tovar’s alleged crime...

Woman dies in San Martin traffic accident

A 25-year-old woman died in a traffic collision in San Martin early Sunday morning, and an allegedly drunk driver was arrested for causing the accident, authorities said. About 2:51am Nov. 7, a 23-year-old Prunedale man, Joseph Fegghi, was driving a 2016 Chevrolet southbound on U.S....

Sheriff pleads the Fifth in CCW testimony

Santa Clara County’s elected sheriff and the department’s second-in-command invoked their right against self-incrimination instead of answering questions from prosecutors before a criminal grand jury earlier this month.

Police warn residents about recent property crime incidents

Morgan Hill police have responded to a number of property crimes in recent days—including a home invasion robbery—and are cautioning residents to keep their doors and windows locked.At 9:33 a.m. March 14, police responded to the 17000 block of Rosemary Circle on a report of a home invasion, according to a press release from Morgan Hill Police Department.Officers arrived and spoke with the victims, who said two suspects entered the home and demanded they open the safe, police said. The suspects said they had a weapon, but the suspects never brandished it.The suspected robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and property, according to police. Neither victim was hurt during the incident.The victims described the robbers as Hispanic males, police said. One was about five feet, three inches tall and about 140 pounds. He was wearing a black mask which covered the bottom half of his face and spoke with a Spanish accent.The other suspect was described as about five feet, four inches tall and about 150 pounds, police said. He was wearing a black ski mask, a black hoodie and dark pants. He also spoke with a Spanish accent per the victims.The suspects may have been seen leaving the area in a dark silver colored vehicle, police said. Police are looking for neighbors in the area who might have video surveillance footage to assist in the investigation.Then at 9:15 a.m. March 11, a resident on the 400 block of Cascades Court reported a suspect was attempting to break into her residence using a pry tool, according to MHPD. The victim said the suspect ran when she opened up the blinds.The suspect was described as a male, about five feet, seven inches tall with a thin build, according to police. The suspect wore a black beanie with openings for the eyes and mouth, a pair of black or blue jeans and a gray sweatshirt.He was last seen running southbound toward Community Park on West Edmundson Avenue, police said. Morgan Hill officers arrived on scene within minutes and were unable to locate the suspect. A neighbor in the area reported seeing a dark colored SUV in the area around the time of the incident.At 6:35 a.m. March 10, a resident on the 17000 block of Tassajara Circle reported seeing a subject in their backyard, according to police. The subject was a dark-skinned male wearing black and gray clothing.  Morgan Hill officers were unable to locate the subject.“The Morgan Hill Police Department wants to take this time to remind our community to lock their windows and doors even when they are home and beware of their surroundings,” police said in the press release.Anyone with information about these incidents can contact MHPD Detective Fernando Del Moral (408) 779-2101.