Vehicle Accident Involving Injuries


Officers from San Luis Police Department responded to Juan Sanchez Boulevard and 10th Avenue to a reported vehicle collision involving two vehicles. Both drivers were transported to the hospital with possible injuries.

The San Luis Police Department wants to remind all motorists to drive safely, sober and to avoid any distracted driving, especially when the busy holiday season is quickly approaching.

Fraudulent/SCAM Phone Calls


The San Luis Police Department is warning the community about numerous fraudulent telephone calls that were made and reported throughout the month of October 2017. There were over six cases reported to the SLPD.

One resident of San Luis, AZ reported that a caller that identified herself as an APS representative informed her that she needed to pay $1,360.00 or her electricity service would be suspended. The resident also reported that the caller told her that there was a crew en route to her residence to cancel her electricity service unless she bought two “Green Dot/Money Pak cards” (pre-paid cards) with the $1,360.00.

The San Luis resident said she thought the phone call was strange; therefore, contacted APS and found out that she had no outstanding electricity bills. Furthermore, she was told by an actual APS representative that no one had contacted her from APS about any outstanding bills. Unfortunately, the money from the cards had already been withdrawn. The number that appeared in the caller ID had a prefix of 333-XXX-XXXX.

On previous incidents, IRS scams also happened where supposedly an IRS agent was requesting payment for overdue taxes. If the money is not paid immediately, victims are told they will be arrested. Those IRS scam calls usually request the payment either on prepaid cards or wire transfers.

SLPD is asking citizens to not disclose any personal information if they suspect the call to be suspicious. It is also being asked that citizens make every attempt possible to contact family members first to know about their whereabouts instead of wiring or sending money out.

San Luis Police Department to Host Coffee with a Cop


On October 14, 2017, Officers from the San Luis Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. at Walmart – 1613 N. Main Street, San Luis, Arizona. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department’s work in San Luis neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the streets. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time. Please contact Sergeant Marco Santana with questions: msantana@cityofsanluis.org.

October 7th is National Coffee with a Cop Day.

 

San Luis High School Lockdown


On October 3, 2017 at approximately 8:10 a.m., officers from the San Luis Police Department responded to a bomb threat that was called into the San Luis High School by an unknown subject.

San Luis Police officers in collaboration with local agencies to include Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety, U.S. Border Patrol, and the U.S. Marine Corps Bomb detection unit canines, checked all areas inside the high school for any potential threats besides establishing a perimeter in the high school property. The U.S. Border Patrol also assisted with a helicopter crew that checked the rooftop area of the high school as well as the surrounding areas of the school property for anything that looked suspicious.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. the lockdown was lifted after the bomb detection canines concluded their sniffs, which turned out to be a false alarm.

At this point, the San Luis Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation in reference to the incident.

The San Luis Police Department is asking for assistance from the public with any information regarding this incident that could lead to the identification and apprehension of possible suspects.

San Luis Police Department to Host Coffee with a Cop


On August 19, 2017, Officers from the San Luis Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. at Triple B Gas Station – 854 N. 1st Avenue, San Luis, Arizona.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the police department’s work in San Luis neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the streets. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Please contact Sergeant Marco Santana with questions: msantana@cityofsanluis.org.

 October 7th is National Coffee with a Cop Day.

 

 

San Luis PD Arrest Burglary Suspects


The San Luis Police Department arrested several suspects over the weekend in connection to multiple burglaries.

On Friday evening around 8:00 PM, SLPD Officers first responded to a report of a residential burglary that had been reported at the 200 Block of Independence Street. The suspects took multiple house hold items and stole a vehicle from the residence.

A few hours later, the vehicle was located by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at the 300 block of May Avenue in Yuma. SLPD arrested 23 year old Ivan Vieyra and 33 year old Jesus Arbizo in connection with this residential burglary and theft of vehicle. Both Ivan and Jesus were booked into the Yuma County Jail on several felony charges.

Early Saturday morning, SLPD responded to a report of a residential burglary that involved three juveniles whose ages ranged from 15 to 17 years of age.  The first burglary was reported to have happened at the 1900 Block of Udall Lane. Officers responded to the 300 Block of Los Tres Hombres and then to the 1500 Block of Liberty Street regarding more burglaries. Evidence gathered at these locations were able to link the juvenile to these crimes.

SLPD Officers were able to identify the juvenile suspects based on video surveillance footage installed at one residence that had been burglarized.

SLPD Officers were able to locate two out of the three suspects and arrested them. The two juveniles arrested were booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Detention Center while the third juvenile is pending arrest.

SLPD recommends to all home and business owners to take measures to ensure that you are not a victim of burglary or theft. Business owners and home owners are encouraged to install a security system to provide added protection from thieves.

San Luis PD Arrests Armed Robbery Suspect


On Tuesday afternoon at around 2:55 PM, the San Luis Police Department responded to the Little Caesar’s Pizza located at the 1200 Block of Main Street in regards to an armed robbery that was being reported.

The suspect had entered the business and pointed a weapon at the cashier. The suspect then fled on foot from the scene.

SLPD Officers were able to apprehend the suspect as he was fleeing from the scene and located him at the 300 Block of Los Oros Street. The suspect was identified as 18 year old Julian Humberto Villalobos.

SLPD was able to recover the weapon that was used as well as the money that was taken.

Julian was booked into the Yuma County Jail for Armed Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ernesto Prieto at 928-341-2020.

San Luis PD Canine Team Find Methamphetamine


On Monday night at around 11:30 PM, SLPD canine team was conducting routine patrol in the area of the 500 Block of First Avenue. The police canine alerted to a vehicle that was parked in the area.

Further investigation into the vehicle led the canine team to locate 74 pounds of methamphetamine that were hidden inside the vehicle.

No suspects were identified and the case is currently under investigation.

The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $260,000.

San Luis Police Department’s K9 Zaza has Received Body Armor


San Luis Police Canine Zaza has been working with the department since 2010. Zaza is an eight (8) year old Belgium Shepherd, who enjoys juke toys and chasing tennis ballsZaza was the second Police Service Dog (PSD) to work for the San Luis Police Department’s Canine Unit. Prior to working as a full time dual purpose PSD, Zaza underwent numerous hours of rigorous police dog training, including narcotic/illicit drug detection and apprehension work. Zaza is also trained in locating fleeing fugitives and at the same time keep the community safe from these dangerous felons.

Over the years Zaza has worked in helping keep the City of San Luis Arizona streets safe and clean from harmful substances that damage our community.

Zaza is highly obedient and handled by her Trainer Officer Galvan. Both Zaza and Officer Galvan enjoy doing school presentations which allows students from all ages to know what a PSD does and also take part in those canine presentations.

One of Zaza’s exceptional performance seized in recent years was seizing over $200,000 dollars in cash. Zaza was also credited with helping locate approximately 12 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine.

ZAZA’s MESSAGE:
Stay in School & say NO to drugs!


San Luis Police Department’s Canine Zaza has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Canine Zaza’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New canines graduates, as well as canines with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement canine is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement canines throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

San Luis PD Investigating Armed Robberies


The San Luis Police Department is currently investigating two armed robberies that have occurred this week.

SLPD Officers responded on Monday morning around 1:20 AM to Panchita’s Restaurant which is located on the 600 Block of Second Avenue regarding a male subject who had demanded money and had brandished a handgun at an employee. The suspect left without money being handed to him but damaged some property as he left the restaurant.

The suspect was describe as being 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build. The suspect was wearing a black ski mask and gloves.

The second incident occurred on Wednesday morning around 1:50 AM at Second Avenue and E Street. The victim in this case was inside his vehicle when the suspect approached the victim and assaulted him with pepper spray. The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his wallet. The victim suffered minor injuries and the suspect fled the scene in a black SUV.

The suspect in this case was described as 5 feet 10 inches or 6 feet tall. In this case the suspect was wearing a ski mask and gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Richard Jessup at 928-341-2420.