Santa Cruz Gang Task Force Arrests Man Who Fled During Probation Check

SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — A man was arrested after attempting to flee from officers during a probation compliance check Friday night in Las Lomas, a Santa Cruz sheriff’s sergeant said.

Santa Cruz County sheriff’s Gang Task Force went to a home on Harrington Road in Las Lomas to conduct a probation compliance check of Thomas Koch, 24, at about 11 p.m., Sgt. Stefan Fish said.

When Koch saw the task force members, he fled his home, discarding a 9mm handgun, Fish said.

Fish said the task force spotted drugs at the home as well.

An investigation determined that Koch was an active member of a street gang, Fish said.

He was booked into the Monterey County Jail on suspicion of possession of a loaded firearm, drug possession and for participation in a street gang.

The confiscated gun is the 13th seized by the task force this year, Fish said.

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