SL Woman Arrested After Car Chase PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:22

A San Leandro woman and her partner from Oakland were arrested for leading police on a high speed chase after allegedly stealing baby formula from a Safeway Store in Pleasanton.

Pleasanton police officers were patrolling the parking lot of that store on the morning of April 8 when they saw a man who was later identified as Demarko Luke, 21, running out of the store carrying two shopping baskets full of formula.

The man got into a Chevy being driven by Dejan Martin of San Leandro, according to Pleasanton police.

Martin lead the cops on a high speed chase northbound on I-680, exited on Stoneridge Drive, and nearly collided with a pole near Stoneridge Mall.

The couple then got out of the car and ran to a nearby park. Police set up a perimeter and a police dog arrived on the scene and both suspects were eventually found and arrested.

When officers searched the car, they found the formula that had just been taken as well as a cache of other formula they believe was stolen from other stores. That same Safeway reported a theft of formula in early March and the suspects in that case matched the description of Martin and Luke and their car.


Scammer Sentenced to 24 Years PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:39

The Alameda County DA’s Office assisted with an investigation into a mortgage fraud operation that resulted in defendant Alan David Tikal receiving a sentence of 24 years in prison.

The prosecution was a joint effort with the federal government and other counties.

For a number of years, Tikal targeted non-English speaking homeowners looking for assistance during the financial crisis.

For his Alameda County dealings, Tikal’s sentence is 16 months state prison and restitution to the 11 homeowners victimized by this scam.


Shoplifter on Motorcycle Nearly Collides with Officer at Westgate PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:45

A San Leandro police officer had a close call with a shoplifting suspect who was fleeing on a motorcycle last week.

On April 1, just before 1 p.m., a uniformed officer was eating lunch outside the Togo’s at the Westgate Center on Davis Street when he heard a loud argument in the parking lot.

The officer saw a man yelling profanities on his cell phone and approached him to tell him to lower his voice, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The man was dressed in a black leather motorcycle jacket and a full-face motorcycle helmet. As the officer approached, he began to walk away quickly.

When the officer got to the part of the parking lot where the man was originally standing, he discovered a shopping cart from the Walmart in the shopping center and it was filled with cases of Red Bull energy drinks, two bags of Cheetos and a 41-pound bag of dog food.

The officer thought that the items had probably just been stolen from the Walmart and figured that the motorcyclist on the phone had been arguing with the person who was supposed to be there to pick up the stolen goods.

The police contacted Walmart to see if anything had been taken from the store.

While this was happening, the suspect got onto a yellow sport-bike parked in front of the store and sped away.

The officer took the shopping cart full of stolen goods back to the store and was waiting for a clerk to meet with him in front of the store when the man on the motorcycle returned to the parking lot.

The officer ordered the man to stop, but he would not and accelerated towards the officer before swerving around him.

The motorcyclist again fled the scene and was last seen driving south on Timothy Drive.

Walmart security later viewed camera footage and determined that the man did steal several items  from the store and exited with the shopping cart.

The value of the drinks, chips and dog food was estimated to be over $400 and it was all retuned to the store.

Police are reviewing the security footage in an attempt to identify the suspect, McManus said.

The suspect is described as an African American man in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5-foot-11, with a heavy build and he was bald.

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Leandro police at 577-2740 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 577-3278.


SL Man Arrested for Pimping PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:43

A San Leandro man was arrested in San Rafael last weekend for allegedly trafficking a minor for sexual exploitation.

Police stopped Dwayne Brian Furgeson, 31, for a traffic stop at around 1 a.m. in San Rafael and, during the stop, officers noticed a juvenile girl in the car with him.

An investigation determined that the girl was being trafficked for sexual purposes, according to San Rafael police.

Furgeson is also known as “Luzion” in his career as a local rapper.

Police said that Furgeson brought the girl from Oakland to San Rafael three weeks ago and she had been working as a prostitute and being exploited on the internet as well.


Murder Suspects Plead Not Guilty PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:42

Two San Leandro men have pleaded not guilty to the shooting death of a wheelchair-bound man in Berkeley last December.

Khalil Phanor, 18, and Carl Young, 20, entered not guilty pleas last week. The men are charged with murder with the special circumstance of robbery in the death of  Kamahl Middleton. A woman was also shot and injured during the attack.

The suspects are next scheduled to appear on May 26 at the Alameda County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing.


San Leandro Man Arrested for Armed Robbery in South Carolina PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:00

A San Leandro man has been arrested and charged with armed robbery after allegedly stealing  hundreds of thousands of dollars  worth of jewelry from a store in Charleston, South Carolina.

Police say Charles Johnson, 35, of San Leandro and another man from Georgia robbed Demetre Jewelers in Charleston in early March.

He was later arrested after returning to California.

The Charleston police tracked the men down from a phone number connected to a rental van used in the robbery.

The men are accused of using guns to steal 11 Rolex watches and other jewelry.

The stolen goods were initially valued at over $1 million, though that figure was later reduced to $700,000.


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.




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