Crime
SLPD Report: 08-28-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:30

Driver Speeds Away with Loaded Gun

A driver led police on a chase through the north area Monday afternoon after failing to yield to a police traffic stop.

A patrolling officer tried to pull a car over near the intersection of Bancroft and Durant avenues just after noon on Aug. 25, but when the officer got out of his car to speak with the suspect, the driver sped off, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The officer gave chase, eventually catching up with driver on the 2600 block of 98th Avenue in Oakland. The driver never slowed down, but crashed into a cement walk in the driveway of a residence.

CHP officers reported to the site and assisted the San Leandro police in arresting the 27-year-old driver, an Oakland resident.

The suspect was found to be in possession in $12,000 cash, as well as marijuana, cocaine, and drug packaging materials. Police also found an empty box of semiautomatic ammunition in the car,

Motorcycle Theft

Police arrested a man for theft after identifying a motorcycle he had been driving as reported stolen last week.

On Aug. 22 at around 11:20 p.m., a cop spotted a motorcycle parked on the sidewalk of the 1600 block of Morgan Avenue and recognized the plate as reported stolen, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The driver, a 24-year-old San Leandro man, approached the motorcycle wearing gloves, a jacket, and helmet. When he got on the bike, police arrested him for possession of a stolen vehicle. The motorcycle was later returned to the owner.

Another Gun at Bayfair

A 18-year-old man was arrested for burglary at Macy’s in the Bayfair Mall over the weekend.

Last Sunday, the suspect was caught by plain-clothes security agent in the store as he attempted to shove $340 worth of clothing in his backpack and leave the store without paying.

The security guards stopped him outside the mall and waited for police.

When they searched his bag, the police found a loaded .38 caliber handgun, according to the San Leandro police.

The suspect was arrested for possession of a loaded and concealed firearm, and burglary.

The suspect  is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $2,500 bail.

 

 
SLPD Report: 08-21-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:52

Bayfair BART Stabbing

A Berkeley man was arrested last week for allegedly stabbing another man in the torso at the Bayfair BART station earlier this month.

The incident took place on Aug. 9 after the suspect, age 20, got into an argument with the victim, according to BART spokesman Jim Allison.

BART police say the two men did not know each other. The victim was treated and released for non-life-threatening injures.

The arrest was made last Thursday after BART police investigated descriptions given by witnesses and several said the suspect was known to frequent BART stops.

Police found him at the Bayfair station on Aug. 14 and placed him under arrest.

Rohan to the Rescue

A police dog helped capture a car thief who was armed and high on methamphetamine early Monday morning.

Rohan, the San Leandro police dog who won a search competition last weekend, took down the suspect with the help of his trainer, Officer Dennis Mally.

At around 1 a.m. on Aug. 18, police were called to the 1100 block of Victoria Avenue to investigate an auto theft, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Minutes later, police found the missing car parked on the 500 block of Superior Avenue and saw the occupant of the car run off on foot.

A perimeter was set up, but officers could not immediately find the suspect — a 36-year-old Oakland man.

Inside the car, cops found a bullet-proof vest and tools used in auto thefts.

Using the police dog, the suspect was found in a backyard shed on the 1100 block of Dutton Avenue.

The suspect tried to escape the shed by kicking out a wall and running, but the dog quickly tracked him down and apprehended him, McManus said.

The cops also found a loaded handgun on the suspect, which was discovered to have been reported stolen in Oregon a few weeks ago.

The suspect is being held in lieu of $222,500 bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, and is scheduled to be arraigned later this week.

 

 
SLPD Report: 08-14-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:29

DUI Driver and Armed Passenger

A driver and his passenger were arrested after police found a loaded gun during a stop for suspicion of DUI.

An officer patrolling the 600 block of MacArthur Boulevard last Saturday at around 1:30 a.m. got a call from dispatch that a car in the area was swerving and the driver may have been under the influence.

The officer found a car matching the description and pulled it over, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The officer determined that the driver, a 26-year-old Oakland man, was intoxicated and placed him under arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

When the officer searched the car, he found a loaded gun inside the vehicle that belonged to a passenger, a 19-year-old Oakland man, and arrested him as well.

Traffic Stop Gun Arrest

A man was arrested after cops found an illegal loaded gun hidden in his car after a traffic stop last Friday.

The officer was patrolling Marina Boulevard, near Alvarado Street, when he saw a driver make a traffic violation and pulled him over, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the SLPD.

The officer spotted a gun on the console of the vehicle and arrested the suspect, a 26-year-old San Leandro man.

Scanner Spots Stolen Car

A man was arrested for possession of a stolen car after police spotted him with the aid of a license plate scanning patrol car.

An officer driving on East 14th Street near 136th Avenue saw the car at around noon on Aug. 9, and the scanner alerted him that it had been reported stolen by BART police, according to Lt. Randy Brandt. The officer pulled over the 55-year-old driver, a San Leandro resident, and arrested him.

 

 
Sex Assault Suspect Sought by Police PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:07

080714n1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

San Leandro police are looking for a suspect in the sexual assault of a young girl last Saturday afternoon at the Lakeside Village Apartments on Waterfall Way in the Springlake neighborhood.

The girl was at the pool in the apartment complex when she went to the women’s bathroom at the adjacent recreation center, and the suspect followed her in, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect, McManus said.

Police were called at about 4:30 p.m. and searched the area but didn’t find the suspect, he said.

McManus described the suspect as a 19 to 20 year old African American man, 5 foot 7, 140 to 180 pounds with tattoos on his arms.

The victim of the crime was described by McManus as a pre-teenager, elementary school age.

Police have collected forensic evidence and are searching for any video from the area that might include the suspect. Police are trying to determine how the suspect entered the locked building. They think he may have known a resident in the building, or he could have followed another resident inside.

“If anyone has any information, we ask you to please call,” McManus said.

The number to call the San Leandro police on this case is 577-2740 or a call can be made anonymously at 577-3278.

 

 
SLPD Report: 08-07-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:06

Car Chase and Crash

A police chase led to a two car head-on crash late Monday night,

Just before midnight, a San Leandro police officer attempted to stop a car on East 14th Street near 136th Avenue which the officer knew had been reported stolen.

The suspect vehicle, a 1995 Honda Civic,  had been flagged as stolen from San Leandro earlier in the day, according to Lt. Mike Sobek of the SLPD.

The officer attempted to stop it, but the driver would not yield and sped away from the scene.

The suspect began to drive on the opposite side of the roadway to  elude the officer, so the officer  canceled the pursuit.

The suspect continued driving northbound in the southbound lanes of East 14th Street reaching an estimated speed of 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.

As the suspect approached the intersection of East 14th Street and Parrott Street,  the light was red and the suspect ran it as a motorist was entering the intersection.

The suspect collided with the car that was coming the opposite direction, causing extensive damage to both vehicles and spinning them  into  a street light and construction work for the Village Marketplace shopping center.

Officers arrived on scene and both the suspect and victim were transported to the hospital, where they are expected to recover.

Costco Car Break-in

Officers were called to the Costco parking lot at 1900 Davis Street about an auto burglary on July 21 at around 4 p.m.

Surveillance video captured the crime and officers were able to see the suspect’s car’s license palate, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the SLPD.

Detectives found the car at a home near the intersection of 85th Avenue and G Street in Oakland and searched the suspects’ home.

Once inside, the cops found several iPods and cell phones, which are commonly taken in auto burglaries, police said.

 

 
Police Discover Unusual Weapon PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:59

A man was arrested last week for possession of a very unique weapon.

A patrolling officer pulled over a bicyclist for a traffic infraction and discovered a makeshift gun mounted on his bike.

On July 19 just before noon, an officer stopped a man riding on Farnsworth Street for failing to obey traffic laws and discovered that the 46-year-old suspect was on probation for a variety of drug offenses, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The man being on probation meant that the officer could search the suspect and his bike. During the search, the cop noticed an unusual tube mounted to the bicycle’s handlebars.

The officer discovered that it was a metal pipe that had been modified and loaded with a .410 gauge shotgun shell with a BB taped to the shell as a primer.

The suspect was also in possession of a hammer in his backpack, which could have been used to hit the BB, causing the shell to go off as an improvised gun, police said.

The suspect was arrested for the weapon as well as possession of a controlled substance and intimidation, among other possible charges.

He is currently being held in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is scheduled to be arraigned next Tuesday.

— Amy Sylvestri


 
SLPD Report: 07-31-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51

Burglary Suspects Found After Helicopter Search

Two burglary suspects were arrested following a search which included helicopters and police dogs.

A resident of the Sandpiper apartment complex, located between East 14th Street and Washington Avenue, called police just after 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon and reported seeing two men jump over a fence in the gated community carrying a bag, according to Lt. Richard DeCosta of the San Leandro police.

Minutes later, an officer patrolling in the area spotted two men matching the description given by the resident and tired to speak with the men.

Before the officer could talk with the suspects, they threw the bag away and ran off.

The bag was later found to contain stolen property from the apartment complex.

The suspects fled into the rear yards of residences on Clarke Street.

Police set up a perimeter around one square block of Clarke Street, Harlan Street, San Leandro Boulevard and Castro Street, with  helicopters from both the California Highway Patrol and the East Bay Regional Parks District repeatedly circling the area and police dogs leading the search on the ground.

The suspects were eventually located hiding in a detached living space on the 400 block of Castro Street, according to DeCosta.

The suspects struggled with officers but were eventually placed under arrest.

The two men have been arrested for the residential burglary.

Break-in Suspects Nabbed For Two Residential Thefts

Last Thursday at around 3:20 p.m., a woman was at home on the 14900 block of Ebb Tide Street when she heard a commotion and realized someone was breaking into her house and called police.

When officers arrived, they saw a man and a woman walking out of the front door and placed them under arrest without incident, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The suspects were found to be in possession of several small items from the home.

Police initially believed a third suspect was also involved, so they set up a perimeter in the residential area.

Two police dogs and a helicopter searched area yards and rooftops but they did not locate any other suspects and police say they now believe only two suspects were ever involved.

These suspects, a 20-year-old man and 30-year-old woman, both from Oakland, have since been tied to another burglary last week.

Police believe the pair were responsible for a similar break-in on Fjord Street nearby on July 21.

When detectives searched the home of one of the suspects, they found a stolen semi-automatic handgun that had been taken during the Monday burglary.

Both were arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property and are being held in lieu of $120,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

 

 
SLPD Report: 07-24-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:59

Car Chase on Marina

A man was arrested for several felonies after leading police on a car chase last week.

A patrol officer tried to pull the suspect over for a traffic stop on July 17 at around 10:40 p.m. on the 500 block of Marina Boulevard, but the man would not stop, according tot Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

While attempting to flee the scene, the man hit one of the patrol cars in the area.

He then led police on a 2-mile pursuit. During the chase, the suspect drove toward some officers, but no one was injured, Brandt said. The suspect then tried to ditch his car and flee on foot, but was quickly caught.

The suspect, a 33-year-old San Leandro resident is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $300,000 bail.

He faces charges including felony evasion of arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, and obstructing justice.

Fatal DUI Crash

A San Leandro man is in critical condition and his passenger is dead following a high-speed crash that California Highway Patrol officers believe may have been caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

The suspect, 23, crashed into a light pole on I-580 near Park Avenue in Oakland Friday morning at around 3 a.m.

Both the driver and passenger sustained major injuries and the passenger was ejected from the vehicle and later pronounced dead at Highland Hospital.

Officers at the scene said that the driver showed signs of being intoxicated, according to the CHP.

The suspect was arrested for reckless driving last April when a CHP airplane caught him driving in excess of 100 m.p.h. on I-880 while weaving through traffic and popping wheelies on his motorcycle.


 
SLPD Report: 07-17-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:53

San Leandro Man Convicted of Sex Crime

Last week, an Alameda County jury convicted a San Leandro man of raping a young girl multiple times.

Arthur Esver, 57, was convicted of five felony counts against a child under 10 according to the district attorney’s office.

Esver could be sentenced to 115 years to life by Judge Vernon Nakahara this fall.

The victim is a relative of Esver who was 9 years old when she was assaulted.

Man with Knife Arrested at Restaurant

An armed man was arrested after threatening employees and restaurant patrons with a knife Sunday night.

Officers responded to a call at La Pinata at 2699 Merced Street at around 11 p.m. July 13.

By the time the police arrived, employees and patrons had wrestled the suspect to the floor and gotten the knife away from him, according to Lt. Rick DeCosta of the SLPD.

One patron happened to have handcuffs, which he used on the suspect.

The suspect remained combative even after police arrived. While the officers were taking him out of the restaurant, he bit one of the cops in the leg.

The suspect, a 26-year-old San Leandro man, was arrested for brandishing a weapon, assault on an officer, and resisting arrest.

The suspect, who officers say appeared to be intoxicated, told police he was angry because he thought someone in the restaurant had taken his cell phone.

He is currently being held in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $15,000 bail.

 

 
Plate Scanner Catches Car Thieves PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:13

Two women were arrested for possession of stolen vehicles after police busted them using license plate scanners last week.

In the first incident, a woman was arrested after being spotted by an officer who was driving on East 14th Street near the intersection of Toler Avenue  on July 1 at around 3 p.m.

The scanner alerted him that a car in the area had been reported stolen from Capitola earlier that day, according to Lt.  Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The officer pulled the car over and arrested both occupants.

The driver was a 19-year-old woman from Jamestown and the passenger was a juvenile.

The license plater reader also led to the arrest of a woman on  June 28.

At around 12:30 p.m., a patrolling officer in a license scanning car was alerted that a car on 143rd Avenue had been reported stolen from Oakland on June 18, according to Brandt.

The officer pulled the car over and arrested a 24-year-old San Leandro woman.


 
SLPD Report: 07-10-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:12

Door-to-Door Scammers

Police are looking for two men accused of using a door-to-door sales scam to commit burglary.

A victim reported that her home on the 1500 block of Pearson Avenue was burglarized on July 2 at around 4 p.m., according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

She told officers that two men were going door-to-door offering tree trimming services. While one man spoke about the tree trimming, the other snuck into her home and stole several pieces of jewelry.

Brandt advised San Leandrans to be on the lookout for the “creative” scammers.

The suspects are both described as Hispanic men in the 20s, about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, casually dressed. They were speaking Spanish over two-way radios and drove a dark SUV.

Thieves Caught on Camera

One man was arrested and two more are wanted for burglarizing a store that sells eye glasses.

Police responded to an alarm at a business on the 1300 block of MacArthur Boulevard at around 5 a.m. on July 1, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

They found the front window shattered and several dozens of pairs of glasses gone.

The store had a security camera and police reviewed the surveillance footage and were able to see the suspects and their getaway car.

Five hours later, the police located the car and one of the suspects on the 9900 block of Mac Arthur Boulevard in Oakland.

The suspect, a 30-year-old Oakland man, was found with several pairs of the glasses. The car was also discovered to have been reported stolen out of Fremont earlier in the week.

Police arrested the man and  are still looking for his two accomplices.

The at-large suspects are both described as black men, about 30 years old, six feet tall and about 200 pounds.

Stolen Gun

A man was arrested for possessing a stolen gun after a cop performed a walking stop on Wiley Avenue, near the intersection of Trojan Avenue on June 29.

The police ran a records check on the suspect and found that he had a warrant.

The cop then found a gun and ammunition where the man had been sitting. The gun has previously been reported stolen.

The suspect, a 34-year-old San Leandro man, was arrested for the warrant and gun charges.

 

 
Carjacking Leads to Dog Bite of Bystander PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2014 17:03

By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

A bystander was bitten by a police dog during the pursuit of an armed robbery and carjacking suspect last week.

The incident began when two teens were walking on the 900 block of Bancroft Avenue on June 25 at around 7:20 p.m, when a suspect approached them with a gun and stole their cell phones.

The victims called the  police and said the suspect had gotten into a getaway car and driven off toward the north, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

Around 10 minutes later, police spotted a vehicle matching the description in Oakland, just across the San Leandro city line. In addition to the robbery suspect who was driving the car, there were three passengers in the vehicle.

The officer ran the car’s plates and discovered that it had been stolen in a carjacking in Oakland earlier that day.

The cop tried to pull the car over, but the suspects would not stop. Additional police cars joined the chase and the suspect driver rammed one of the patrol cars, but the officer was not injured, Brandt said.

The chase continued, with the suspect hitting another car on Bancroft Avenue, near the intersection of 90th Avenue, and then the driver and one passenger ditched the car and tried to flee on foot.

The police caught the passenger who ran, but the driver got away. The two passengers who remained in the car were also taken into custody and all three were arrested for suspicion of being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

As the driver was fleeing the scene, he ran past a bystander. A police dog who was chasing the suspect bit the bystander. The victim suffered a wound to the arm which was treated.

The suspect got away from the scene, but the following day, officers located him in the unincorporated area of San Leandro and arrested him on suspicion of robbery, carjacking, felony evading, and assaulting a police officer.

Brandt said that the case may be tied to other crimes and is still an active investigation, so the suspects’ identities are not begin released at this time.

They are identified only as three adult men and one juvenile male.

 

 

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