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Gavilan College lockdown ends following felony arrest

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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 9:45 am

The Gavilan College Campus, located at 5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard in Gilroy, was on lockdown this morning around 9:10 a.m. following a car pursuit that resulted in a felony arrest.

No students or faculty were harmed, although college spokeswoman Jan Berstein-Chargin says several parked cars were hit. She said the confrontation ended with "weapons drawn" in Parking Lot A.

During a lockdown, everyone on campus is asked to stay in place. The lockdown ended this morning after the arrest was made, Chargin said.

Sgt. Jose Cardoza with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office says a couple plain-clothed warrants deputies were dispatched at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday to look for Morgan Hill resident Luciano Goff, 33, who has two oustanding felony warrants related to narcotics and carjacking.

Goff has a relative that is attending Gavilan, Cardoza said. Officers conducted surveillance in that general area "to see if he would show up on campus, and he did," said Cardoza.

The warrants deputies recognized Goff's vehicle and attempted to pull him over. Goff led the warrants deputies and additional officers from the Gilroy Police Department on a chase while driving above residential speed limits through various neighborhoods around the Gavilan campus. He was eventually arrested for two outstanding felony warrants and an additional charge of evading a police officer.

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  • WilllaimYancy posted at 9:40 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    WilllaimYancy Posts: 69

    Was their devil worship and human sacrifice, also?

  • Rudolph23 posted at 3:10 am on Sat, Sep 29, 2012.

    Rudolph23 Posts: 6

    You guys have it good nowadays though. Back in my time there were no lights on campus after dark. Rape rape rape all the time. I bought my girlfriend a can of pepper spray for Christmas. Finally, lights were installed. They were sooo expensive the district thought they could delay putting in lights by hiring a self defense instructor instead. Wisdom of our elected officials.
    I remember coming to school early in the morning to find deer carcasses strewn about after mountain lion maulings. Trails of blood all over the place- about once a month. Such a creepy campus. Beautiful, but creeeeeepy. [sad]

  • RobinEgbert posted at 9:29 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    RobinEgbert Posts: 31

    Here's the email that went out to "all (but students)" from Head of Gavilan College Security. Regardless of how many titles you read below understand there are only 2 security women on duty in the morning - Trisha and Ana. The PIO, Jan Chargin is also a woman. Another inquistive woman and Dean, Sherrean Carr, drove up to the arrest scene to see what was going on and was ordered to get down in her car seat while the arrest was in progress. Head of Security came over from the safety of the security building after the arrest. Students were everywhere as well. Students saw for themselves they may not have the adequate protection that is necessary for today's college campus.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Ana Garcia
    Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2012 1:35 PM
    Subject: car chase & arrest on campus 9/16/12
    Hello everyone,
    As you probably have heard by now, there was a brief amount of time yesterday morning when a portion of the Gilroy campus was on "lockdown."
    The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department Dispatcher called the on-duty security officer just before 9 a.m. notifying her that local law enforcement was attempting to pull over a vehicle to make an arrest.
    This in itself is not too unusual, but it became highly unusual when the Dispatcher called at approximately 9:04 a.m. to say that the vehicle pullover had now turned into a pursuit. and that they were stopping him outside of our gates.
    Shortly afterward, the suspect's vehicle broke through the barricade and headed onto campus. The Dispatcher called again and suggested we go on a "lockdown" in the area of the pursuit (parking lot A). The campus Incident Commander was notified as well as our PIO.
    Our immediate concern was to get staff & students out of the immediate area. This type of incident often draws spectators so the officer on duty, along with myself, began to attempt to get people to go back into their buildings for their personal safety as well as to keep the area free for law enforcement to perform their duties. We also attempted to notify departments in the immediate area to lock their buildings and stay inside.
    I know people are wondering why the GavALERT came out AFTER the lockdown, rather than while it was in progress. The reason is that it was over so quickly.
    The pursuit was over almost as soon as it began due to the large number of police units that responded and an arrest was made in the area of upper parking lot "A." Although the "crime scene" was still in effect, the danger had passed. While the notice was being prepared to alert the campus to the lock-down, the arrest was made. The wording of the alert was therefore changed to a notice of what HAD occurred, in an attempt to get accurate information to the campus population regarding the incident and to quell the rumor mill.
    Please be assured that our onsite emergency response worked as it was designed to work and the safety of all on campus was of primary concern throughout this incident.
    It should be noted that it is important in these types of situations to stay in your work area so you can be kept up-to-date and receive direction via phone, text, and/or email (GavALERT).
    Always follow the directions given to you by campus emergency personnel without hesitation in order to assure your personal safety as well as maximize the efficiency of the on-duty security officer's time.
    I know a lot of people are concerned and wondering "what if this had turned into something worse?" It is disturbing to think about, but good to have information. This video has tips for handling an active shooter situation in the workplace:
    Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

    Ana Garcia
    Director, Security & Support Services
    Gavilan Community College
    5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.
    408-846-4958 (Fax)
    Gilroy, CA 95020
    Please consider the environment before you print this email

  • RobinEgbert posted at 5:05 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    RobinEgbert Posts: 31

    According to witnesses the suspect meandered through Parking Lot A several times at 15 mph with sheriff's car closely following with lights flashing. Occasionally, a siren was heard but only for a short burst. Then the suspect drove to Parking Lot C and did the same thing, driving around and around at very slow speed. Attempts were made to stop the suspect but apparently the suspect drove over small concrete barriers and kept on going. The suspect then went off campus to nearby Mesa Drive. Witnesses could not be sure how fast the suspect drove in that area. Moments later, the suspect was back in the massive Parking Lot A. The suspect then took a wrong turn into a cosmetology parking space that had a metal pole preventing the suspect from driving forward. A sheriff's car ran into the back of the suspect's vehicle. This effectively blocked the suspect's car from going forward or backwards The chase was now over. Several Gilroy PD cars surrounded the suspect's vehicle.
    More to follow...
    FYI: The chase ended right next to the bus stop where several students are always present.

  • WilllaimYancy posted at 2:47 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    WilllaimYancy Posts: 69

    "Not necessarily, they could have stayed inside instead of walking outside like idiots." What about people who were on their way outside anyway? What, are people supposed to run around like scared rats constantly? Every man for himself? Don't be idiotic.

  • BrokenPorcelain posted at 12:41 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    BrokenPorcelain Posts: 2

    "What LOCKDOWN ??? What a load of krap! Everyone came out of classrooms to see the commotion. Staff too.
    It comes down to this: We Students were put at risk AGAIN. "
    Not necessarily, they could have stayed inside instead of walking outside like idiots. Do people have NO common sense anymore? Good lord.

  • RobinEgbert posted at 10:31 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    RobinEgbert Posts: 31

    It is now less than 24 hrs and Gavilan College staff and Administration are meeting in the Mayock House. No doubt discussing Lockdown Policy. Some students got email notices at 9:30 am but only after the suspect was cuffed. Video to follow...

  • RobinEgbert posted at 9:24 pm on Wed, Sep 26, 2012.

    RobinEgbert Posts: 31

    What LOCKDOWN ??? What a load of krap! Everyone came out of classrooms to see the commotion. Staff too.

    It comes down to this: We Students were put at risk AGAIN. And now we have children on campus. You can't always believe the spin from this college. Here's a secret. September 23, 2009, there was a meeting on campus by a homeland security type of person. To date there has been nothing that resembles any LOCKDOWN plans implemented.

    How did I remember this date? Several people told me immediately after that meeting that Dr. Kinsella told a scenario of a student who wears a baseball hat and carries a camera and video tapes everything. In the scenario the older student goes nuts and holds students hostage at gunpoint in the library complex where SWAT comes in and takes the student OUT. At first, everyone present was giggling knowing full well there's only 1 student that fits that identity. But when it came to SWAT's action folks at the meeting were greatly troubled and shocked. I am told I resemble that student. While some on campus are fearful for me, I consider this an honor to think my efforts to expose wrong doing have me a target of his affection.

    So it's everyone for themselves here at Gavilan. What do we do as students with these UNDER COVER COPS who've been on Stake Out in Gavilan's parking lots on and off for the last 2 weeks? The students have told me, "they are not invisible sitting in those cheap cars." I guess we have to come up with our own alert system?