Accused Killer of San Lorenzo Teen Pleads Not Guilty in Hit and Run PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:59

The man accused of the hit-and-run death of a San Lorenzo teenager pled not guilty to a variety of felony charges including murder last week.

Sonny Anderson, 34, is accused of running down 14-year-old Ivan Cruz  as the boy was in the crosswalk near the intersection of Ashland Avenue and East 14th Street last November.

Anderson was fleeing Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies   who had been trying to pull him over for a traffic violation, according to police.  He was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the street at a high rate of speed when he struck Cruz.

Anderson did not stop when he hit Cruz and was located and arrested the day after Cruz was killed.

Anderson has prior arrests for animal cruelty, including a slashing incident at the Kennedy Park petting zoo in the 1990s. He is also accused of assaulting a police dog that assisted in his arrest for Cruz’s death.

Anderson is currently being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

His next court date is scheduled for April 27.


The Party’s Over for Unruly Crowd PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:15

Police dispersed an unruly crowd after a party at the Veterans’ Memorial Building on Bancroft Avenue Friday night.

It took nearly two hours for police to get more than 300 guests to leave a party that was set to end at 10 p.m., according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Earlier that evening, there had been reports of gunshots in the area and someone told police they saw another person hide a gun in some nearby bushes, but it was not located and no evidence of a shooting was found.

An employee called police to the scene after guests would not leave the hall.

When officers arrived, the crowd was pushing and shoving and several fights had broken out.

Cops also smelled pot in the crowd, McManus said.

The police formed control lines around the crowd and they eventually left around midnight, but not before several members of the crowd “tried to intimidate and challenge” the cops by referencing recent national incidents involving police officers, according to McManus.

No arrests were made.


Car Stop Leads to Stolen Gun, Pot PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:15

A woman was arrested for possession of a stolen gun after a plain-clothes cop driving an unmarked car spotted her in a  suspicious vehicle earlier this month.

The officer was driving in the area of Estudillo Avenue and San Rafael Street on March 5 at 1:45 p.m when he spotted a vehicle driving through the residential neighborhood and he believed occupants of the car were involved in criminal activity, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

When the car was stopped, it was discovered that one of the people in the car was smoking marijuana.

Cops searched the car and the woman who was driving turned out to have a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol in her waistband.

The 18-year-old Rocklin woman was arrested and criminally charged for possession of the pistol and other firearms-related crimes.


Cop Spots Stolen Car PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:14

A man was arrested after a patrolling officer recognized him driving a car that the cop knew did not belong to him.

The officer spotted the car driving west-bound on Fairway Drive towards Merced Street last Saturday at around 11 a.m., according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The officer followed the car into the parking lot of the La Piñata restaurant and checked the license plate and discovered that it had been reported stolen from Hayward.

Inside the car, the steering column was damaged, consistent with a stolen car.

The driver, a 23-year-old Oakland man, was also found to have cocaine in his possession.

The passenger was a 16-year-old male who was determined to be a missing/runaway juvenile with a no-bail warrant for his arrest stemming from a previous crime.


Brothers Caught with Gun and Pot PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:13

A group of teens was found with a gun and some pot near Washington Manor park last Saturday afternoon.

Police received reports of teens smoking pot in a car parked near Crosby Avenue and Crosby Place on March 14 at 3:30 p.m. When the first officer arrived, he saw the suspects trying to drive out of the area.

The officer stopped the car and spoke with the occupants – a 17-year-old driver, the driver’s 14-year-old brother, and a 19-year-old female passenger, all from San Leandro.

Searching the suspects, the officers found a .32 caliber bullet in the driver’s pocket and a stolen .32 caliber gun under the driver’s seat.

The 14-year-old was found to have marijuana in his pocket.

The car, which was registered to the brothers’ parents, was impounded.

The 17 year old was taken to Juvenile Hall and the 14 year old was given a citation for marijuana possession and released to his parents’ custody.


SL Man Charged with Attempted Murder for Hayward Shootings PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:15

A San Leandro man was arrested for shooting at a Hayward police officer on the morning of Feb. 28 and has been charged with attempted murder among other crimes.

A Hayward police officer stopped Ronald Higgins, 28, as he was driving near Winton Avenue and Soto Road shortly before 2 a.m.  The cop believed the car may have been involved in a shooting that occurred four hours earlier in the area of Mission Boulevard and Harder Road, according to Sgt. Tasha DeCosta of the Hayward police

Higgins got out of his car and fired at the officer, but missed. The officer shot back and also missed.

Higgins fled the scene on foot and the police created a perimeter and did a yard-by-yard search of the neighborhood.

Officers eventually located Higgins 12 hours later at a house on the 300 block of D Street.

Hayward police arrested Higgins for shooting at the officer and were also able to link him with the earlier shooting on Mission Boulevard. In that case, shots were fired at a car with a person inside it, but no one was hit.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged Higgins with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


More Arrested in Homicide PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2015 16:14

Two men, including a San Leandro resident, have been arresting in the December shooting death of a wheelchair-bound man in Berkeley.

Police had previously arrested two other San Leandro men for the murder, bringing the total number of suspects to four. The suspects range in age from 17 to 20. The adults have been identified as Gregory Foote, Carl Young, and Khalil Phanor.

They allegedly shot and killed 36-year-old Kamahl Middleton and shot and injured a woman he was with in a parking lot near San Pablo and University avenues on Dec. 29, according to Berkeley police.

Robbery was the apparent motive.


Security Guard Opens Fire on Suspect in Manor Bowl Parking Lot PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:36

A man was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and a security guard shot at him during a fight in the parking lot of the Manor Bowl last month.

Five men were drinking in the parking lot of the bowling alley at around 10 p.m. on Feb. 21. Security guards spotted the group and asked the men to leave.

One of the men, an 18-year-old San Leandro resident, threw a can of beer at one of the guards, who was able to duck and avoid being hit, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The group of men then got into a car and the suspect who threw the beer got into the driver’s seat.

The driver revved his engine and accelerated towards the guards who were walking away.

As the car nearly hit the guards, one of the guards fired his handgun at the vehicle. No one was hit.

The car swerved and sped out of the lot, driving away on Manor Boulevard toward Farnsworth Street, according to McManus.

About an hour later, officers investigating the scene received a call from neighbors in the area of Swenson and Alexandria streets who reported that a suspicious vehicle was parked in the neighborhood.

Police found the car and detained five men, including the driver.

The driver was identified by the guards and other witnesses and was arrested.  The other occupants of the car were interviewed and then released.

While sitting in the police car, the suspect became agitated and violent, police said.

He kicked the windows in the car and officers put him in a leg-restraining device called “the wrap.” While they were restraining him, the suspect kicked a cop in the face.

The incident was recorded on more than one officer’s body cameras.

The suspect has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felony assault on an officer, and is currently out on $55,000 bail with his next court date scheduled for March 9.


Shots Fired Outside Party PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:35

Shots were fired by some uninvited guests at a birthday party early last Sunday morning at around 1:30 a.m. on the 1600 block of 143rd Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found people hiding around the neighborhood and some spent shell casings, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The party’s organizer said that several people had shown up who he did not know and that people were seen fighting in the street before gunshot were fired.

No arrests have been made and no injured parties were found. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call 577-3230.


Two San Leandro Men Charged in Berkeley Robbery and Homicide PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:32

Two men from San Leandro have been charged with murder, robbery, and assault with a firearm in the fatal shooting of a Berkeley man last December. Another juvenile suspect was also arrested.

The suspects, are Kahlil Phanor, 18, and Carl Young, 20. Young is currently being held without bail, but Young remains at large. A 17-year-old has also been arrested for the shooting and is being held at the Juvenile Justice Center in Fairmont Drive.

The shooting took place at around 9:45 p.m. on Dec. 29 in a parking lot near San Pablo and University avenues, according to Berkeley police.

The young men allegedly shot and killed 36-year-old Kamahl Middleton, who was wheelchair-bound. A woman who was with Middleton was wounded during the assault and the vicitms were also robbed.


Boy Finds Gun in Bushes After Washington Manor Bar Shooting PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:39

An 11-year-old boy found a gun in the bushes following a shooting at a bar in Washington Manor last week.

Two uniformed California Highway Patrol officers stopped a driver for a suspected DUI on Feb. 12 just after 1:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Shilo’s Bar on the corner of Manor Boulevard and Zelma Street.

While speaking with the driver, the CHP officers heard three or four gunshots coming from inside or near the bar, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Additional CHP officers and San leandro police officer arrived on the scene and found about 20 patrons inside the bar, who were then ordered outside for safety reasons.

No shooting victims or evidence that a shooting occurred could be found. The customers were interviewed and released.

A few hours later at around 7:20 a.m., a boy walking to Washington Manor Middle School saw the handle of a gun in the bushes next to the bar.

The boy thought it was a toy and picked up and realized that it was real. He then called his parents who in turn called the police, McManus said.

The police confirmed that the gun was real and loaded and that it had been reported stolen to the Alameda County Sheriff’s office last August.

Officers developed information that a known gang member was involved in the shooting – he was one of the people from the bar that was interviewed by officers and it was discovered that he was on probation for a gun-related charge.

The next evening, police found the 25-year-old suspect and arrested him on suspicion of negligent discharge of a  firearm in a public place for the purposes of promoting a gang. He was also found with drugs and booked for that as well as the probation violation.

McManus said police do not know the motive for the shooting or what or who the man was shooting at.

The suspect is due to be arraigned at the Hayward Hall of Justice this week.


Suspects Come Right to Cops PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:38

In a pair of cases from earlier this month, suspected criminals made it easy on the officers who arrested them. In the first case, a man suspected of being under the influence of drugs found a bad place to park his car – the police employee parking lot.

An employee leaving the San Leandro Police department at 901 East 14th Street saw a suspicious car in the employee lot on Feb. 7 at around 7:40 p.m., according to Lt. Robert McManus.

Officers checked out the car and found a 49-year-old man inside apparently under the influence of narcotics and arrested him.

In the second case, a man was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle after stopping to speak with officers who had pulled over his brother for an unrelated reason.

Officers stopped a man on a bike at around 11 p.m. on Feb. 7 and while they were talking to him, a car pulled up and the driver said he was the bicyclist’s brother and asked why police had stopped him, according to McManus.

An officer ran the driver’s plate and the car came up a stolen, so they arrested the driver. The bicyclist was released at the scene.




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