Santa Cruz Good Times

Thursday
Jul 02nd
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Kind Grind Case Solved

blog_KindGrindPolice arrest suspect in 2008 Kind Grind sexual assault and robbery
After three years of investigation, the man who held a local coffee shop employee hostage at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her has been arrested.

Elvis Lorenzo Garcia entered the Kind Grind café at the Santa Cruz Harbor before business hours on March 19, 2008, where he committed the aforementioned crimes against a 23-year-old female employee and robbed the establishment. According to Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel, Garcia was arrested on Friday, March 11, 2011 and charged with eight felony counts, including kidnapping, robbery and various sexual assault charges.

At a Tuesday, March 15 press conference, Vogel recalled how the incident “ripped a giant hole through the fabric of the community.” The Santa Cruz Police Department collaborated with the State Attorney General and California Department of Justice in the investigation, relying on high-tech state resources that Vogel says led to the suspect’s capture.

Attorney General Kamala Harris was present at the press conference, held at SCPD headquarters in Downtown Santa Cruz, where she called the Kind Grind attack “one of the most serious and violent crimes we’ve seen in the state.” Harris explained that the case is only the second in the country to have successfully used a “familial connection” to find a suspect. The method involves comparing DNA found at the crime scene to a state database of samples and looking for matches with relatives. A relative of Garcia’s, whose identity is being withheld, was in the database and led to Garcia’s discovery.

“We’ve done 13 such comparisons in California, and this is only the second hit,” Harris said. She added that there are 10 more cases waiting to be tested, but that the process requires extensive lab work, scientist involvement, and even the use of expensive robots.

Harris, a former prosecutor, said that “it is one of my biggest priorities” to send more resources to these labs. “I don’t want to see a day in California when we don’t see justice because we don’t have the resources to test the DNA,” she said. In her three months as attorney general, Harris reports being “disturbed” by the backlog of cases.

Harris lauded Santa Cruz’s request for state assistance in this investigation, and hopes other California counties will do the same. Of the 58 counties in California, Harris said, “they aren’t all San Francisco or Los Angeles”—but smaller counties like Santa Cruz still need the resources to handle important cases such as this.

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s office will prosecute the case. DA Bob Lee, who also spoke at the press conference, thanked the SCPD for their hard work and the Department of Justice for their extensive help in brining the victim justice. He added that Garcia will be kept off the streets for good—serving at least 80 years to life. “Some crimes are so brutal that we’re able to file charges as ‘one strike and you’re out,’” he said.

Garcia’s arraignment began Tuesday, March 15 and will continue March 29.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

The Boards Are Back in Town

More than a century after a famed trio of Hawaiian princes first surfed in Santa Cruz, their redwood olo surfboards are returning to the Museum of Art & History

 

We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

Saturday, July 4, is the 239th birthday of the United States, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence (the U.S. astrology chart has Aquarius moon—freedom for its people, by its people). Cancer, a liberating and initiating sign, is the “gate” where Spirit enters matter. Cancer receives and distributes Ray 3 (Divine Intelligence) and Ray 7 (new rules, new rhythms, new free nation under God). Cancer represents an intelligent freethinking humanity that can and must create right economics for the world. This means a policy of sharing, an opportunity for the U.S. when Venus (money, resources, possessions, etc.) retrogrades July and August in Leo (the heart of the matter). The United States has a unique spiritual task for the world: to lead humanity within and toward the light, accomplished by its people who must first awaken to this task, learn discrimination and be directed by the soul to assume the Herculean task of spiritual world leadership. Let us review the first words of our Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.” Let us form that union together. The following is a review of the spiritual tasks for each sign. Read all the signs. They all apply to everyone.  

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Film, Times & Events: Week of July 3

Santa Cruz area movie theaters >
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

Lunch is Packed

Picnic basket lunches from Your Place, plus smoked chili peppers, and new owners at Camellia Tea House

 

What would you like the Supreme Court to rule on next?

Raising the minimum wage so that those that are in poverty now can have a higher standard of life. Greanna Smith, Soquel, Nanny

 

Bruzzone Family Vineyards

Bruzzone Family Vineyards is a small operation run by Berna and John Bruzzone. Starting out a few years ago making only Chardonnay, they eventually planted Pinot Noir on their extensive property and now make this varietal as well.

 

Ty’s Eatery

Pop-up hooks up with Santa Cruz Food Lounge for healthy comfort food