On May 8, 2019 at approximately 11 pm, officers from the Pacific Grove Police Department were dispatched on the report of shots fired in the area of 500 Spruce. Officers arrived quickly and found bullet holes in the house and graffiti on a fence. Fortunately, no one was injured in the crime.
Previously, there had been a small, suspicious fire at the same location, leading officers to believe that the two incidents were related.
Investigators from the Pacific Grove Police Department and the PRVNT (Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team) worked closely on this case, with PRVNT working as the lead agency.
On May 24, 2019 charges were filed on Hollister resident, Roberto Rangel, age 32 for the following crimes:
-Shooting at an inhabited dwelling: PC 246
-Stalking: PC 646.9(a)
-Possession of a Firearm by Person Convicted of Enumerated Offense: PC 29800(a)(1)
-Arson of Property of Another: PC 451(d)
The suspect was already in the Monterey County Jail on unrelated charges. Mr. Rangel will remain in the county jail pending his next court appearance.