Two Arrested Near San Leandro Bars for Gun, Drugs, and More PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:57

Two men were arrested near San Leandro bars during the last week, one for carrying a concealed pistol and the other for possessing drugs and a stolen motorcycle.

In the first incident, a cop patrolling the parking lot of the Parker House Lounge at 577 Bancroft Avenue on June 18 around 10:45 p.m. saw a man sitting in his car in the Safeway parking lot across the street. Police say it is common for people to drink or use drugs in their cars before entering the bar, so the officer investigated, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The officer watched as the man went to his trunk and took out a Glock 9mm pistol from his waistband and placed it into a camera bag in the trunk. He got back in the car and continued to sit in the driver’s seat.

More officers arrived on the scene and they approached the suspect, a 45-year-old Oakland man. They smelled marijuana, McManus said.

They searched the car and the suspect and found the gun in the trunk, the pot, and a 6-inch knife wedged between the driver’s seat and center console. The man was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm.

The second incident occurred at Shilo’s Cocktails at 991 Manor Boulevard n Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

Two officers patrolling the area saw a man standing next to a motorcycle parked down the street from the bar and then saw the man go into the bar, McManus said.

The officer’s thought it was suspicious that the man parked so far away from the bar and ran the motorcycle’s information and discovered it was stolen from San Francisco on June 5 and the ignition had been damaged and modified in order to start the bike without a key.

The officers entered the bar and arrested the suspect, who turned out to be the bartender, a 40-year-old San Leandro resident.

The officers drove the suspect to the San Leandro jail and checked their car afterwards and found the suspect had left methamphetamine in the back seat of the patrol car. He was arrested for probation violations, the drugs, and the stolen motorcycle and is scheduled to be arraigned this week in Alameda County Superior Court.


Armed Robbery Suspects Crash Stolen Car, Hide Out in Backyards PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:30

Four armed robbery suspects were arrested following a police  chase that ended in a collision with two other cars.

A man was walking on East 14th Street near Oakes Boulevard on June 10 at around 4:45 p.m. A black Honda pulled up alongside of him with four men inside. Two of the men pointed handguns at the pedestrian, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The suspects demanded the man’s wallet and other property and he handed it over. The car sped away and the man called 911.

A patrolling officer driving on MacArthur Boulevard near Dutton Avenue spotted the Honda parked on St. Mary’s Avenue near the Quik Stop convenience store and saw that the men were inside, ducking down as if to hide.

The officer made a U-turn and the Honda drove off, speeding and running a red light before crashing into two other cars near the intersection of Dutton Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. No one was injured.

The suspects got out of the car and fled on foot. The officer caught two of the suspects and the other two jumped fences and ran though the residential area.

More officers arrived at the scene and the third suspect was captured in the area.

Police then used social media to tell residents to stay inside and look out for any suspicious men in the area.

A police dog joined the search for the fourth suspect and officers also made announcements over loudspeakers to encourage the man to surrender.

The man was located in a backyard on the 1500 block of Glen Drive. When the suspect came out, he charged at the officers and the police dog intervened and the suspect was arrested, McManus said.

During the investigation, police found a pistol that had been thrown by one of the suspects. It turned out to be a replica firearm No other guns were located.

Police later discovered that the Honda had been reported stolen earlier that day. The victim’s wallet was found in the car.

McManus says that the suspects range in age from mid-teens to early 20s.


Car Thief Caught after Crash PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:28

Police arrested a man for stealing a car after the theft was discovered when he crashed into another car on East 14th Street at Oakes Boulevard.

Police received a number of 911 calls Saturday afternoon at a around 3:30 reporting a hit and run, according to Lt. Ron Clark of the San Leandro police. The driver left the car and fled the area on foot.

Some of the callers provided dispatch with the car’s license plate number and it came up as having been reported stolen from Oakland.

Officers arrived and found the driver on Dutton Avenue near Woodland Avenue. The suspect ran into a residential yard. Police set up a perimeter to find him.

The California Highway Patrol dispatched their helicopter to help and the Alameda County Sheriff’s department assisted with one of their police dogs.

The dog eventually found the suspect hiding in a backyard shed on Oakes Boulevard and police arrested him.


Chief Aids in Arrest PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:28

The chief of police and an off-duty sergeant helped bring a domestic violence suspect into custody after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend downtown Monday evening around 8 p.m.

Chief Sandra Spagnoli and the sergeant saw a suspect physically assaulting his girlfriend, chasing her, and trying to force her into his car near the intersection of West Juana Avenue and East 14th Street, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The suspect did not immediately comply with the orders to stop but additional officers arrived, and he was eventually cuffed.

The suspect, a 23-year-old Oakland man, was arrested  and is scheduled to appear in superior court this week.


San Lorenzo High Student Hits Cop PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 15:49

An Alameda County sheriff’s deputy and a San Lorenzo High student both received minor injuries when the student assaulted the officer last week.

The deputy was a school officer who was patrolling the campus on June 4 when a school security guard asked for  help with a student.

A 17-year-old boy had been told to report to the principal’s office, but was not cooperating with the guard so the deputy stepped in, according to Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County sheriff’s department..

The student pushed the deputy off the bicycle he was riding and then punched the officer in the face, Kelly said.

The officer used his club to strike the teen and eventually got him into handcuffs after a struggle. The suspect was taken to the hospital for evaluation and released into police custody.

The teen was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center, where he is still being held on charges including resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.


Body Found on Fairmont Identified PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 04 June 2015 18:17

The dead man found in the drainage vault near Lake Chabot last month has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner’s office as 48-year-old Hassan Inan.

Inan’s decomposed body had been in the drainage enclosure on the 2500 block of Fairmont Drive for some time before he was discovered by a passerby on the afternoon of May 22, according to Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.

The coroner’s office could not yet say how long Inan has been dead.

Inan apparently had no fixed address but had an estranged wife in Oregon, his father lives in Fremont, and his mother lives in Castro Valley, according to the coroner’s office.

No cause of death has been determined, with autopsy results pending until toxicology reports come back.

The sheriff’s department has yet to determine whether foul play is involved, but police beleive that Inan had been homeless and living in the drainage vault, Kelly said.


Home Invasion in CV Leads to I-580 Car Chase Through San Leandro PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 04 June 2015 18:16

Three suspects are under arrest and a fourth is still at-large following a home invasion robbery in Castro Valley last Wednesday.

The arrests came after a high speed chase on I-580 and a pursuit that left two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies and a police dog with minor injuries.

The home invasion was reported shortly after 3 p.m. on May 27 at a home on Sweetbriar Place, off Proctor Road.

Four men entered the home and tied up a husband and wife at gunpoint and robbed the house, according to Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspects left the scene in a white BMW and a deputy spotted them in the area, leading to a high speed chase on Castro Valley streets and onto I-580 until the men jumped out of the getaway vehicle near the Keller Avenue exit in Oakland.

Jamarco Jackson, 22; Mercedes Dunlap, 25; and Lavincent Clark, 20, were all found shortly after the car chase and were arrested for multiple felonies including home invasion, false imprisonment, burglary, and resisting arrest.

A gun was also found with the men. The fourth suspect got away.

During the chase, one police officer received minor injures from stumbling down a hill and another officer and a police dog were stung by bees. All have been treated and released for their injuries.

Jackson, Dunlap, and Clark are all currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail. They have court dates scheduled for this week.


Police Looking for More Victims In Bay-O-Vista Area Burglaries PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 28 May 2015 17:07

A man was arrested for suspicion of burglary after an alert neighbor spotted him looking through the windows of homes in the area of Benedict Drive and Gabriel Court last Friday.

The neighbor saw the man peeping through windows in backyards at around 1:30 p.m. and called police, according to Lt. Ron Clark of the San Leandro police.

Officers arrived and saw the man walking out of the neighborhood. The suspect started to run when he saw the cops and the officers gave chase though several yards and over a few fences.

The police established a perimeter and brought in a police dog. The dog found the suspect hiding in a parked car which he had broken into.

The suspect received minor injuries from the police dog as he was taken into custody and was cleared at the hospital before being taken to jail.

The cops found the suspect’s car and found items from at least one home that had been broke into by the suspect.

Residents in the Bay-O-Vista area are encouraged to contact the police department if they have been victimized or witnessed the subject’s actions in this case.

Police are continuing to investigate this burglary and attempting to locate any additional victims. If you have any information about the crime, call the San Leandro police at 577-3230 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 577-3278.


Neighbor Spots Suspects PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 28 May 2015 17:06

Police arrested two men for a residential burglary after a neighbor reported suspicious activity Monday morning at around 9:45 a.m. in the area of Pontiac Street and Suffolk Drive.

When officers arrived, they found the two men in the backyard of a home and saw them run inside the residence, according to the San Leandro police.

Officers surrounded the house and one of the suspects exited and surrendered. After announcements from the police for the second suspect to exit, he eventually  also surrendered to the officers.

The home was ransacked and the suspects pried open the side door leading into the home.

Both suspects were arrested for burglary. One suspect, a 31-year-old Oakland man, is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail and the second suspect, a 26-year-old man also from Oakland, is being held in lieu of $55,000 bail.

“This is why it is so important to get the community involved when they observe any suspicious activity,” said chief Sandra Spagnoli in a written statement. “The partnership between the community and the police saved the resident from losing any valuables.”


Man Charged in Homicide PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:12

A San Leandro man arrested for shooting at a Hayward police officer in March has now been charged with murder in a separate case.

Donald Higgins, 28, exchanged gunfire with a Hayward cop hours after he alledgedly killed a 14-year-old boy in the area of Mission Boulevard and Harder Road in that city.

Higgins is also a suspect in another shooting on Mission Boulevard that same day where a car was riddled with bullets, but no one was hit.

Before Higgins was arrested, he hid in a Hayward home and police had to use a stun gun to get him into custody.

Last week, Higgins was charged with murder and nine  counts of attempted murder and assault.


SL Men Sentenced for Murder Plot PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2015 14:04

Two San Leandro men received decades-long prison sentences for a 2011 murder plot that was cut off by police.

Last week, Patrick Shields, 31, and Wynn Brewer, 33, received sentences of 25 years to life for their involvement in a plan to kill a man in Oakland.

According to Alameda County prosecutors, the Oakland police stopped the men in their car on May 18, 2011 on the way to commit the crime.

The police had information based on what they learned from a warrant to eavesdrop on their phones. The police had the warrant because the men were known to be involved with a gang.

Two other suspects were shot and killed by Oakland police when the officers stopped the car.

The families of those men have wrongful death lawsuits pending against the Oakland police.

Shields and Brewer were convicted on conspiracy to commit murder last December. A third defendant was found not guilty.

Brewer was also convicted on being a felon in posession of a weapon.


San Leandro Man Killed in Oakland, One Suspect Arrested, Two at Large PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 14 May 2015 15:44

A 26-year-old San Leandro father of two was shot and killed on May 5 in East Oakland. Police have arrested one suspect in his killing but two others remain at  large, according to Oakland police.

The victim has been identified by police as Matthew Jackson of San Leandro.

The suspect has been identified only as a 28-year-old Oakland man.

Jackson was shot on the 7000 block of Hawley Street near the Coliseum BART station just before 5 p.m. last Tuesday.

Officers responding to reports of gunfire found Jackson seated in a vehicle suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say that Jackson was driving a friend’s car to visit relatives when another vehicle with three men inside pulled alongside of him and began shooting.

The suspects drove off and were spotted by BART police shortly before crashing on the 4600 block of Coliseum Way.

The men then left the car and fled on foot and one suspect was captured but the other two remain at large.

Jackson was a father of two girls, a graduate of San Leandro High School and WyoTech school, and worked for a moving company. He had just turned 26 the weekend before his death and his youngest daughter was christened just two weeks ago, according to  reports.

Police did not release any information about the suspects or any possible motive. Jackson’s murder was Oakland’s 29th homicide of the year.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest in Jackson’s death.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 777-8572.




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