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Police arrest drive-by shooting suspect

Posted: Friday, Jan 18th, 2013


Santa Cruz Police take Joshua Namauu, 20, into custody Friday on suspicion of firing a handgun from his vehicle at two men in downtown Santa Cruz. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).


SANTA CRUZ — Two Santa Cruz men narrowly escaped serious injury after a motorist allegedly opened fire with a handgun on them Friday morning in downtown Santa Cruz.

Deputy Chief Steve Clark said witnesses reported two male pedestrians arguing with a man in a black VW Jetta on the 900 block of Laurel Street near Santa Cruz High School at 9:10 a.m. At one point the VW driver fired one or two shots at the men. The victims charged off on foot toward Felix Street.

Clark said the witness called 911 and provided detailed information about the incident, the VW and direction of travel.

Two minutes later Santa Cruz Police officer Steve Pendleton was just pulling out of SCPD on Center Street when the suspect, later identified as Joshua Manauu, 20, of Santa Cruz, drove by and turned into the driveway of an apartment complex directly across the street from SCPD. Officers followed Manauu into the driveway and conducted a high-risk car stop and took him into custody at gunpoint, Clark said.

Police then found a Glock model 17 handgun on the floor of the car and a spent shell casing.

They also located a bullet hole in a fence of a home at the crime scene.

No injuries were reported.

Another witness helped point out where the two victims ran and hid in someone’s apartment. Police managed to flush them out but, Clark said, they were not cooperative with police in providing information.

Clark said further investigation is needed but suspected that there were gang overtones in the incident.

Namauu was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on the following felony charges:

• Discharging a firearm in a school zone.

• Possessing a firearm in a school zone.

• Discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

• Possession of a firearm in a vehicle.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Santa Cruz Police anonymous tip line at 420-5995 of use their mobile iPhone and Android app.





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