Two Transients Arrested for Santa Cruz Murder Following Local Incident
Huynh (left) and Crenshaw (right) [photo: Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office]
By edhat staff
Two transients who were arrested for assaulting a family on State Street last month are now facing murder charges in the death of a Santa Cruz woman.
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office discovered 55-year-old Kimberly Smith deceased in her home on Tuesday. Their investigation led to the arrest of two transients, Caitlin Crenshaw and Cody Huynh, both 23 years old. Investigators believe the motive was a robbery and the cause of death was not specified.
The suspects were arrested the next day in San Bernadino County. Huynh was in jail for separate charges while Crenshaw was found in Smith’s car. They were both booked into Santa Cruz County jail and booked on murder and robbery charges, being held without bail.
On February 26, Roger the Scanner Guy reported an incident where a family was attacked by transients in the 700 block of State Street. An elderly couple and their 13-year-old grandson were walking when an argument took place between the family and a homeless person. Crenshaw reportedly involved herself and attacked the family by punching them.
Santa Barbara Police later found and arrested Crenshaw for elder abuse and battery, both misdemeanors, and Huynh for battery. Both were released from the Santa Barbara County Jail after one night and scheduled to appear in court on March 26 to face their charges.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call (831) 454-7635.
- February 28, 2020: Roger Report -Transients Assault Family on State Street