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.


Thief Throws Knife at Victim’s Face During Auto Burglary PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:01

A man armed with a knife was arrested for auto burglary and assault on April 10 at around 5:40 p.m. on the 14100 block of East 14th Street.

Officers received a call of a car that had been broken into and when they arrived on the scene, they found the victim and a suspect, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The suspect fled on foot when he spotted the cops. The victim said she had returned home and saw the suspect in the parking garage of her apartment complex and that he was acting strangely.

She parked, but was concerned about the suspicious behavior, so she then returned to check on her car a few minutes later with a friend.

They found the suspect inside the victim’s car and confronted him and the suspect showed them a knife to try to scare them off, McManus said.

The suspect then threw the knife, hitting the victim’s friend in the face, but the friend wasn’t injured.

Police found the suspect  after a brief foot chase and arrested him. He was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The district attorney’s office charged the suspect with auto burglary, resisting arrest, and assault with a deadly weapon.


Teen Tries to Steal Car at Bayfair Mall PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:00

A 14-year-old boy was arrested for attempting to steal a car from the parking lot of Bayfair Mall on April 11 just before 6 p.m.

A witness saw the suspect breaking to a 1993 Honda Accord near the Jamba Juice store, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San leandro police.

The suspect tried to run away when police arrived, but he was caught about two blocks away and he was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Justice Center.


License Plate Scanner Finds Stolen Car PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:58

San Leandro police officers found a stolen car using one of their patrol cars that is equipped with a license-plate-scanning camera.

On April 9 at around 9:30 p.m. an officer was altered to the presence of a car that had been reported stolen that was parked on the 1400 block of Orchard Avenue.

The officer had been in the area to investigate reports of a separate stolen car.

The 1998 Dodge Neon that was found was unoccupied.

It had been reported stolen out of Alameda and was returned to its owner, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

No suspects were located at the scene. Police believe that the suspects may have driven the stolen Dodge to the area to steal the other car, abandoning it once they got the new car, according to McManus.


Two High-Speed Car Chases on the Same Day PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 April 2015 16:12

Officers were led on two high-speed chases on the same day earlier this month, one following a traffic violation and the other after a cop spotted a suspected stolen car.

In the first case, an officer patrolling in a black-and-white cop car was in the area of Farallon Drive and Griffith Avenue on April 11 around 9:40 p.m. when he saw a Jeep unsafely pass another car using the opposing lane of traffic.

When the officer turned on his lights, the Jeep speed off, leading a chase through several street in a residential area, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The chase continued, with the Jeep running several stop signs before the driver turned off his headlights and got away from the pursuing officer.

A few minutes later, police got reports of two men running through yards in the neighborhood. They found the men walking on the 2200 block of Driftwood Street.

A witness identified one of the men, a 48-year-old San Leandro resident, as the driver and arrested him on suspicion of fleeing from police. The district attorney has since filed felony charges against the man.

In the second, unrelated chase, an officer patrolling the 200 block of Durant Avenue around 1:30 a.m. on April 11 spotted two Hondas stopped in the middle of the street.

The officer, familiar with stolen cars in the area, thought that one of the cars may have just been stolen, McManus said. He tried to stop the car, but the drivers took off, starting a high-speed chase.

The chase reached speeds of up to 80 m.p.h. and the officer called it off for safety reasons after less than a mile.

The officer spoke with the registered owner of the car and discovered that it had been stolen.

Two days later on April 13, the car was used in a theft from the CVS drug store at the Greenhouse Marketplace and police are using surveillance tape from that store in the search for a suspect.


Two Suspects Arrested in Home Burglary PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 April 2015 16:11

Two men were arrested on the afternoon of April 13 after being caught fleeing from a home that been burglarized on the 1400 block of Brookside Drive.

The homeowner called police and reported that people were breaking into the house.

When officers arrived, one suspect was apprehended right away, and the other ran down by the creek, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Police searched the area and an undercover officer spotted a man matching the suspect’s description on the 300 block of 105th Avenue in Oakland.

The suspect was seen going into a nearby apartment building and then leaving wearing different clothing.

McManus said the man came in and out  of the building several times wearing different outfits trying to disguise himself, and eventually came out and was arrested.

Police think these suspects are responsible for other residential burglaries in the city and possibly outside of San Leandro.


Store Owner and Daughter Robbed by Armed Man PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 23 April 2015 16:07

The owner of a hardware store and his teenage daughter were robbed at gunpoint last week.

A suspect entered the Ace Hayward store on the 500 block of Dutton Avenue on April 13 just before noon and pointed a handgun at the owner’s back, demanding that the cash register be opened.

The daughter was working at the store at the time of the robbery.

The owner complied and the suspect fled on foot, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The suspect, described as a black male in his 30s who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses at the time of the robbery, was last seen running on Arbor Avenue and police think he was able to run to a waiting car and they drove off.


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.




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