Cops’ Corner PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:13

By Lt. Joe Molettieri • San Leandro Police

What is Cops’ Corner, you ask? Well, it is a place where the San Leandro Police Department will periodically publish an article regarding a particular topic in relation to the police department and its community.

Also, we will publish information about a specific division within the department explaining how it functions, contact numbers and advice on preventing crime.

This is a place where your police department wants feedback from the community and also wants to inform you of how we operate 24/7, 365 days a year.

There are many ways you can “follow us” on social media to get the latest updates regarding the police department.

We are on Facebook, Twitter, Nixle, and the city website at

At those websites you will find how to get more information about us and what we are doing in the community.

What’s very important to us is preventing crime but when crime does occur we want to catch the criminal just as much as the victim wants the criminal caught.

One way is through technology. We have solved numerous crimes through video surveillance and this is why it is so important to talk about how you can register your video camera with us.

As crimes occur nearby, resident and business owners may not  be aware that their video system may have captured information that could help solve a crime. In turn, we the police are also not aware who may have this vital information.

We ask residents and business owners across the city to register their video camera systems to assist the investigation.

After registering your camera with us, you would only be contacted by the police department if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera.

Police personnel, if necessary, may request to view your camera footage in order to assist in the investigation.

If you would like to register your camera with us then please visit For more information please contact the Crime Prevention unit at 577-3228 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lt. Molettieri can be reached at 577-3226 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Police Chase Woman from SL To SF PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:12

A woman was arrested last week after a police chase that started in San Leandro and wound up in San Francisco.

On Aug. 20 at around 2:45 a.m, the woman was driving on I-880 near Washington Avenue when an officer from the California Highway Patrol saw her weaving and tried to pull her over, according to the CHP.

The woman didn’t stop and led the CHP on a chase north on I-880, onto I-80, and over the Bay Bridge.

The woman got off on the Fremont Street exit in San Francisco and turned on to Market Street, where her car ran out of gas.

The woman then fled on foot. Meanwhile, her car rolled into a fire hydrant and water began shooting in to the air.

The woman then slipped on the water and officer swere able to catch up with her and arrest her for suspicion of reckless driving, evading police, and driving with a suspended license.


Man Accused of Posing as Worker to Steal PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:12

A San Leandro man was arrested in Los Altos last week for allegedly posing as a utility worker to gain access to a home and burglarize it.

On July, 20, the 37-year-old suspect and another man entered a home in Los Altos at around 1 p.m., according to that city’s police department.

The men were dressed in orange safety vests and told the homeowner that they were city workers and the water supply to the home may have been contaminated.

The resident let the suspects into his home and the suspects ran several faucets and then left. A short time later, the victim discovered that items had been stolen.

A couple of hours earlier that same day, another Los Altos resident reported that men dressed utility workers told him his water may be contaminated and again the suspects ran several faucets, but this time they didn’t steal anything. The San Leandro man was arrested but his partner remains at large, according to Los Altos police.

A similar burglary happened in that city last September and police believe all of the burglaries were perpetrated by the same suspects.

Anyone with information about similar crimes is asked to call the Los Altos Police Department at (650) 947-2770.


Man Robs Downtown Bank of West PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 22:17

By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

The Bank of the West at 1601 Washington Avenue was robbed Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., just as it opened.

An African American man who looked to be in his 30s and dressed in business attire approached the teller with a note demanding cash, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled on foot, headed west.

Police believed the man may have gotten on a BART train at the downtown station, so they closed down BART service for a short time.

Two BART trains were held on the tracks at the downtown San Leandro and Coliseum stations and searched by police, but the suspect wasn’t on board.

A police search of the area was also unsuccessful and the suspect in the bank robbery remains at large.


Arson Declared in Market Blaze PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 21:59

The fire that destroyed the Marina Supermarket last Monday has been declared arson. No arrests have been made.

The four-alarm fire took 50 Alameda County Firefighters nearly two hours to control.

The market had to be razed and neighboring businesses in the strip mall on the 2100 block of Doolittle Drive sustained extensive damages.

An investigation into the cause of the fire by the San Leandro police and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms concluded that the fire was deliberately set.

The speed and extreme heat of the fire as well as the extent of the damages pointed to arson, police said. The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.


Man Armed with a Knife Taken into Custody for Psychiatric Evaluation PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 21:57

A  man was taken into protective custody last week after he threatened people with a knife at the care home where he lives.

The man began making threats to other residents and staff members at a care facility on Kenilworth Avenue at around 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 12.

The staff and other patients evacuated the home and called police.

The man spoke with police negotiators on and off for two hours, switching from coming to the front door to talk and retreating inside, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Eventually, the man came out on his own and was placed on a 72-hour mental health hold and examined by psychiatric professionals.

The police are still determining whether the man will face any criminal charges for the stand-off and the threats he made.


Man Carjacked by Armed Suspects in CV PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:44

A man was carjacked at gunpoint Monday afternoon on Strobridge Avenue in Castro Valley, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO).

The victim told deputies that two Hispanic men robbed him at gunpoint and then stole his Honda Accord.

Strobridge Avenue is a busy street, just of I-580  and the first exit in Castro Valley.

A short time later, the sheriff’s office received a report of two men matching the suspects’ description wiping down the interior and exterior of a Honda nearby.

The deputies arrived and saw the suspects  get into a BMW that was parked nearby and drive off, according to ACSO spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly.

The deputies instigated a traffic stop on the BMW and discovered a loaded gun and the victim’s cell phone inside the car.

Both men were arrested.

No further details are being released at this time.


Suspect Charged in I-880 Murder PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:43

The Alameda County District Attorney has filed murder charges against the suspect in last month’s I-880 freeway shooting.

Alfredo Gamino Rivera, 45, allegedly shot Miguel Corrales-Rosales, 37, in the victim’s car after they got into an argument on the way back from a club in Hayward on July 25.

Police say the victim was driving when he pulled over on I-880 near the Marina Boulevard exit and threatened Rivera with a handgun. The pair fought over the gun and Rivera got control over it and allegedly shot Corrales-Rosales four times.

Rivera then ran out of the car and threw the gun in some bushes, police said. He was arrested on July 29 and is currently being held without bail.


Felony Charges for Hazardous Waste Firm Used by BART PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:42

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy  O’Malley recently announced the sentencing of Kirk Hayward and Charles Seaton, respectively the former owner and the former vice president of Clearwater Environmental Management, Inc., for felony convictions of conspiracy.

For years, Hayward and Seaton  systematically defrauded Clearwater’s customers, falsified Clearwater customers’ official hazardous waste disposal records, and transported hazardous waste without a license, O’Malley said.

Defrauded Clearwater customers, including BART, Closure Solutions, Pape Machinery, and Recology, had hired the business to  lawfully transport and dispose of their hazardous waste and keep disposal records. However, Clearwater failed to provide customers with all of these environmental services.

Clearwater lost its license  to transport hazardous waste in 2007 after Hayward was criminally convicted and ordered to serve 60 days in jail and pay a $70,000 fine stemming from an earlier investigation. After losing its license, Clearwater lawfully transported waste that was non-hazardous, but also transported waste that was hazardous, by fraudulently using the identity and license of another transporter. The defendants also often falsified the disposal site in customers’ manifests. They claimed  that waste had been disposed of at Clearwater’s facility in Silver Springs, Nevada, when the waste never went there, according to facility employees and records.

Hayward was sentenced to one year in the county jail and five years of formal probation. Seaton was ordered to serve four months in the county jail and five years of formal probation.


Suspect Named in I-880 Murder PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2015 15:14

San Leandro police detectives have named the man they believe is responsible to the fatal shooting last week on I-880

The suspect, Alfredo Rivera, 45, from Oakland, was charged with the murder of  Berkeley resident Miguel Corrales-Rosales, 37.

Rivera remains in police custody, without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is scheduled for arraignment later this week.

On July 31, just after 2 a.m. officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) were investigating an unrelated auto accident that occurred on I-880 near the Marina Boulevard off-ramp, when they heard several gunshots coming from the immediate area, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

They saw a vehicle parked on the right shoulder, just north of the Marina over-crossing and  investigated.

They found Corrales-Rosales near his vehicle, suffering from gunshot wounds and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

CHP officers detained a passenger of the vehicle when they arrived and turned that person over to the San Leandro police.

Detectives and crime scene investigators searched the area and found a handgun that they believe was used in the murder.

Police discovered that the victim, suspect, and another man had been at a Hayward nightclub earlier that night and the suspect and victim became involved in an argument, while driving home in the vehicle.

After passing the unrelated collision at Marina Boulevard, where CHP officers were still on scene investigating, Corrales-Rosales pulled his car to the right-hand shoulder and stopped.  He pointed the handgun at Rivera, and the two began to struggle over it.

Rivera was able to gain control of the handgun, and shot Corrales-Rosales, as he ran from the car.

Rivera fled on foot and discarded the firearm before the CHP officers arrived, McManus said.

Last Monday, Rivera surrendered himself to the CHP in Oakland, and was subsequently turned over into the custody of the San Leandro police.

“This was a senseless, unfortunate murder,” McManus said in a written statement.


Man Shot and Killed in Parked Car On I-880 Near Marina Exit Saturday PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 31 July 2015 16:39

A man has been arrested for murder after allegedly shooting another man inside his car on I-880 early Saturday morning.

During the investigation of an unrelated traffic collision, officers from the California Highway Patrol heard gunshots and came upon the scene of a homicide around 2 a.m. on July 25 near the north-bound Marina Boulevard exit of the freeway.

Officers found Miguel Corrales-Rosales, a 37-year-old Berkeley man,  in a car that was parked on the shoulder suffering from gunshot wounds and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Traffic on I-880 was closed for over four hours early Saturday morning during the police investigation.

A suspect, who police are not yet identifying, surrendered himself into police custody Monday afternoon, McManus said.

The suspect knew Corrales-Rosales and was in the car with him at the time of the shooting, police say.

He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and will appear in the Alameda County Superior Court later this week.


San Leandro Police Sued by Family Of Man Who Died While in Custody PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 31 July 2015 16:38

The San Leandro police department has been sued for wrongful death in the case of a man who died in police custody in 2013.

The family of Stefan Anton, 56,  has files a lawsuit against the department.

Anton was naked and unconscious when he arrived at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward following his arrest during a traffic stop.

Anton died at the hospital almost a month after being brought there by police., according to the suit by attorney John Burris

The Alameda County coroner listed Anton’s cause of death as brain damage caused by lack of oxygen and cardiac arrest.

The suit says the circumstances of the arrest have not been properly explained. The family is seeking unspecified damages.

A call to the San Leandro City Attorney was not retuned by press time.




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