Police / Fire

Man arrested on residential burglary, robbery charges

Suspect jumped fences while being pursued by police

On Feb. 22, Hollister Police officers arrested Elliot Turpin, a 25-year-old Gonzales man, on charges of residential burglary and attempted strong-arm robbery after a foot chase and neighborhood search. 

That morning, according to an HPD press release, officers responded to two separate theft related calls in the 1400 block of Sunnyslope Road and Diablo Road. One of those incidents was an attempted strong-arm robbery. Officers conducted investigations and were following up on leads in those cases. 

At 11 a.m., officers were called to a nearby neighborhood in the 1600 block of Bodega Court, where they responded to a report of an interrupted residential burglary.

"Officers descended on the area and located a suspect, later identified as Elliot Turpin, jumping fences away from the victim’s house towards neighboring residences," police said in a release. "Officers pursued Turpin on foot over fences and through backyards. Responding officers, with the assistance of deputies from the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office, surrounded the neighborhood and began conducting a yard-to-yard search for Turpin. Turpin continued trying to evade officers by jumping between backyards, but he was soon cornered and arrested without further incident." 

Officers linkedTurpin to the theft-related incidents earlier in the day, along with fresh residential burglaries. Turpin is on probation in Monterey County for a prior burglary conviction, according to the HPD. 

Turpin was booked at the San Benito County Jail on charges of burglary, attempted robbery, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, and probation violations. 

Anyone with information regarding these investigations are requested to contact The Hollister Police Department at 636-4331. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward. 

BenitoLink Staff