MH police arrest two ‘Most Wanted’

Christopher Haygood, 27 of Morgan Hill, was arrested on warrants

Police arrested two of Morgan Hill’s Most Wanted, including a
teenager who has eluded authorities for almost six months. Police
say both suspects have violent histories, and their arrests made
the community safer.
Police arrested two of Morgan Hill’s Most Wanted, including a teenager who has eluded authorities for almost six months. Police say both suspects have violent histories, and their arrests made the community safer.

Christopher Longoria, 18, of Morgan Hill, was arrested Friday in Monterey County on suspicion of commercial burglary, according to Morgan Hill Sgt. Jerry Neumayer. He was arrested by officers from the city of Soledad Police Department.

Longoria has been wanted by MHPD since Sept. 2009 on a $200,000 warrant for the rape of a 14-year-old female. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office charged him with rape of a victim unconscious of the nature of the act in relation to the Sept. 9 incident, according to D.A.’s Office spokeswoman Amy Cornell. A co-defendant, Michael Hernandez, 20 of Morgan Hill, was also arrested in connection the same incident, and was similarly charged by the D.A.’s Office. The suspects knew the victim, who they raped at a residence in Morgan Hill, police said. The crime was reported by Saint Louise Regional Hospital, where the 14-year-old was treated for injuries.

“Obviously it’s nice to get someone off the streets that’s capable of doing something like this,” Neumayer said.

Longoria will be arraigned in Monterey County for the commercial burglary charge. He is accused of trying to take an unspecified number of items from a grocery store without paying, according to Soledad Police Sgt. Jose Moya.

He was arrested about 5:40 p.m. Friday. An employee of the store saw Longoria try to steal the items and made a citizen’s arrest before he left the scene, Moya said. Police arrested him at the store. Moya did not say what kind of items Longoria tried to steal.

Hernandez is next scheduled to appear in South County Courthouse for a plea hearing in relation to the rape case March 18, Cornell said. Longoria has not yet been scheduled to appear locally for the rape charge.

In an unrelated incident, Christopher Haygood, 27, was arrested Saturday when Morgan Hill officers acted on an anonymous tip that he was hiding out at a local residence, Neumayer said. Police visited the home on Berry Court about 3 p.m. and found Haygood hiding under a futon mattress in an upstairs bedroom. He was ordered to emerge from his attempted hiding spot, and was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

Haygood was on the Most Wanted list since late last year. He was wanted on a $250,000 Morgan Hill warrant for suspicion of making criminal threats and vandalism that occurred in a Dec. 10 incident. That evening, Haygood visited the home of his estranged wife and the couple began arguing. He allegedly showed his wife a hand gun and threatened her before allowing the woman to leave. The D.A.’s Office was still reviewing the case Monday, and Haygood will likely appear in court by Wednesday if prosecutors file charges.

Because police thought he could have been carrying a gun, Haygood was considered dangerous.

“That’s a safety concern to us as officers, as well as the citizens of Morgan Hill,” Neumayer said.

Haygood was also wanted by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on a no-bail warrant for possession of methamphetamine, and an unspecified $10,000 misdemeanor warrant.

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