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.


Teen Found Guilty of Murdering CV Woman PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 31 July 2015 16:37

Earlier this month, a jury convicted Christian Birdsall, 19,  of the first degree murder of 58-year-old Barbara Latiolais and special circumstances of lying in wait, burglary, and robbery. The jury additionally convicted Birdsall of arson.

On October 17, 2012, Birdsall waited outside the victim’s Castro Valley home for hours before crawling underneath the home and devising a plan to choke the victim to death by surprise.

Birdsall had performed house-work for the victim so he was familiar with the home and the valuables inside.

After committing the murder, Birdsall returned to the house later that evening, poured gasoline on the victim’s body, and set both it and the house on fire in an attempt to destroy evidence, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.

At trial, a jury rejected evidence from a forensic psychiatrist that Birdsall mentally ‘dissociated’ during the murder and did not have the requisite intent to commit the crimes.

Earlier this year, Birdsall’s accomplice Cody Nicosia was also convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison.


Two Suspects Arrested, One Still at Large After 100 m.p.h. Car Chase PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 14:23

Two men have been arrested for multiple felonies after leading sheriff’s deputies on a high speed chase from San Lorenzo all the way to Walnut Creek last week. A third suspect remains at large.

Jorge Vargas, 20, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, felony evasion of police and a burglary warrant.

Carlos Cardenas, 21, was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and for being a parolee at large, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s office.

The chase began around 10 p.m. on July 16 in the area of Hesperian Boulevard and Grant Avenue, near the entrance to I-880.

Deputies spotted the men in a Land Rover that San Leandro police had put out a “be on the lookout” notice for after an assault on an officer.

Deputies tried to pull the car over, and the driver didn’t comply, and got on the freeway,

The eastbound chase went  into Dublin, reaching speeds of over 100 m.p.h. There, the driver got on I-680 , with the California Highway Patrol joining  the pursuit.

The suspects got off the freeway in Walnut Creek, sideswiping two cars and eventually crashing into a parked car near the intersection of North Main and Pine streets. The suspects then fled on foot.

The deputies found the driver in a nearby bar, sweating and trying to blend in with the crowd. One passenger was found and arrested a short distance from the scene and another was able to escape.

Inside the Land Rover, officers found a stolen police officer’s utility belt and radio.

Anyone with information is asked to call 667-3602.


Suspect Shot and Injured by Sheriff’s Deputy While Fleeing Burglary Scene PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 15:13

A burglary and car theft suspect was shot and injured by an Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy in unincorporated San Leandro over the Fourth of July weekend.

The suspect, 31-year-old Patrick Gregoire of Hayward, was hiding behind a SUV when the deputy responded to a call on the 15000 block of East 14th Street just after midnight on July 5, according to the sheriff’s department.

Gregoire was in the process of breaking into that car and was interrupted and ran to a nearby parked car and got inside.

The suspect then drove towards the officer, who was standing beside his patrol car at the time, authorities said.

The officer fired his weapon and hit Gregoire in the left shoulder with a ricocheted bullet.

The suspect was taken to Eden Hospital with a minor injury and released about an hour later.

Gregoire was arrested for attempted murder of a police officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary tools, and auto theft, among other felony charges.

He is currently being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is set to enter a plea at his next court appearance, scheduled for this week.


Suspects Still at Large After Home Invasion on Lakeview PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2015 15:12

A man was shot and injured and his family held at gunpoint during a home invasion on the 2100 block of Lakeview Drive early last Thursday morning.

A man, his wife, and a relative visiting from Texas were at home around 12:50 a.m. on July 9 when at least two suspects broke in, according to San Leandro police.

During a struggle with the robbers, the man was shot in his upper torso and was treated for non life-threatening injuries. The homeowner, 68, was armed, but the shotgun he had wasn’t loaded.

The suspects stole the house guest’s wallet, which contained about $4000 and which was later found empty nearby.

It appears that the family’s home was targeted and not chosen at random, but no other details are being released at this time, according to Sgt. Ted Henderson of the San Leandro police.

Police say the suspects are men in their early 20s. Officers are currently reviewing security tapes from nearby residences to gather more information about the suspects.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the San Leandro Police at 577-3230.


Man Arrested for Burglary, Gun After High-Speed Police Car Chase PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 July 2015 12:18

San Leandro police arrested a suspect for automobile burglary at around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Officers were in the area of the 1000 block of MacArthur Boulevard when they saw a man break into a car and take some items from it, according to Sgt. Ted Henderson of the San Leandro police.

The cops saw the man get into another car and drive off. An officer tried to pull him over a short distance away, but the suspect did not stop and a car chase ensued on westbound I-580.

The pursing officer called off the chase for safety reasons due to high speeds and the suspect’s erratic driving, Henderson said.

The officer was exiting the freeway on Keller Avenue when the suspect collided with a building at 7980 Mountain Blvd.

The suspect tried to leave the scene of the accident on foot, but was caught by police. Inside the man’s car, police found a loaded .40 caliber handgun.

The suspect, an Oakland resident, was arrested for felonies including auto burglary, evading an officer and illegal possession of a handgun. He is scheduled for arraignment in superior court this week.


Trial Begins in Slaying of CV Woman PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 09 July 2015 12:17

Teen murder suspect Christian Birdsall’s trial for his role in the 2012 death of Barbara Latiolais began in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland last week.

Birdsall and accomplice Cody Nicosia allegedly killed Latiolais, and Nicosia was convicted and sentenced to life in a separate trial last February.

Latiolais, 58, was killed in her Castro Valley home on San Carlos Avenue.

Authorities say the pair hid in a crawl-space under Latiolais’s home for hours before they got tired of waiting for her to leave the house so that they could burglarize it, so they entered the home and strangled her to death, first manually and then with a rope from the victim’s garage, and later set the home on fire to destroy evidence.

Birdsall, 16 at the time of the murder and now 19, had previously been hired by Latiolais’s partner, retired firefighter Michael Rice, to do yard work and  cased the home for valuables, authorities said.

Birdsall’s defense does not deny involvement in the crime, and is based on Birdsall’s rough childhood and mental state.


Cold Case Unit Needs Help PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:00

070215n7The anniversary of the death of Gary Wayne Jones recently passed and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for his killer.

San Lorenzo resident Jones, 37, was shot to death on June 28, 2007 while buying gas at the ABE gas station at the intersection of Mission and Lewelling boulevards in Hayward. Jones had previously been at a medical marijuana dispensary and was the victim of a robbery.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 17 to 20 years old, at the time of the crime, about 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall with long, dark hair driving an early 1990s mini van with tinted rear windows and a luggage rack on the roof.

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information to call their cold case unit at 667-3661 or their anonymous tip line at 667-3622. There is a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in Jones’ murder.

070215n8CAPTION: Gary Wayne Jones, above, was shot and killed by an unknown suspect (sketch at right) at a Hayward gas station in 2007.

Shots Fired, Not Found PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:59

There were two reports of gun shots in unrelated incidents on the same day last month.

On June 6 at 6 p.m., a 911 caller reported hearing five gunshots on the 400 block of Durant Avenue. When officers arrived, they couldn’t find any evidence or suspects, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

A few hours later at around 9:50 p.m., there was a report of a single shot fired on the 900 block of 143rd Avenue. Again, no evidence or suspects were found.


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.




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