SL Man Arrested After Gas Station Robbery as ‘Green Glove Bandit’ PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 27 November 2015 15:36

A San Leandro man and his friend are suspected of committing over 20 armed robberies throughout the Bay Area, according to San Francisco police.

LaCarl Dow, 44, of San Leandro and Namon Taylor, 37, of San Francisco were arrested last Friday immediately after robbing the Chevron on the 2100 block of Orchard Avenue in San Leandro.

SFPD officers had been conducting surveillance on the two men in San Leandro when the latest robbery occurred and believe the pair are connected to a series of robberies stretching back to May.

Police called the pair “the green glove bandits” because that’s what they allegedly wore during the crimes.

Both men are currently being held at Santa Rita jail in Dublin, Dow on $600,000 bail and Taylor on $440,000 bail. They are both due to appear in court this week to enter a plea at the Hayward Hall of Justice.


Harris Issues Scam Warning for Vets PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 27 November 2015 15:34

State Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a consumer alert earlier this month, warning Californians to be on the lookout for “pension poaching” scams that target seniors who served in the military and their survivors.

Harris said  that the scams prey on veterans by targeting financial assistance offered through the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Program.

“California’s veterans have made extraordinary sacrifices to keep our nation safe and uphold our most sacred values and freedoms,” Harris said in a written statement. “Sadly, many of our senior veterans are being targeted by scam artists seeking to take advantage of them for a quick profit.”

Real representatives of Veterans Affairs do not ask individuals to pay money or move assets in connection with applying for a pension benefit, according to Harris.

The scam has been linked to insurance agents who are receiving a sales commission.

The public is urged to report such scams to their local VA center. A complaint can also be filed with the California Department of Justice,


Man Convicted in 2011 Slaying Over Pot Deal PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 23 November 2015 23:13

A 26-year-old man has been convicted of murder over a marijuana sale gone wrong four years ago.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office says Leandre Paige shot Daniel Bradford to death on the 1200 block of Kentwood Lane in Ashland on June 14, 2011.

Paige was convicted earlier this month of the murder, with the special circumstance of using a gun so he will face up to 50 years to life when he is sentenced in Superior Court on Jan. 29.

Paige shot Bradford four times. His defense lawyer argued that he was protecting a friend who had just been punched by the victim as the sale went wrong.

Paige testified that he was prepared to back up his friend in the fight but when he saw how big Bradford was, he decided to shoot him instead of fighting him.

Bradford was pronounced dead at Eden Medical Center a short time later.

The friend was also charged with murder in connection with Bradford’s death because investigators believe his actions set off the chain of events that led to the death. He pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and agreed to testify against Paige.

Paige is also charged with murder and the special circumstance of committing a murder during the course of a robbery for the shooting death of 35-year-old Eric Lamont Franklin in the 700 block of Eagle Avenue in Alameda in a separate incident on Sept. 11, 2010. He faces a trial in that case sometime next year.


Helicopter, Police Dog Used in Three-hour Search for 15-year-old Burglary Suspect PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 November 2015 19:42

A teenager has been arrested for attempted burglary after a chase through the San Leandro creek last week.

On Friday morning around 10 a.m., a woman living on the 400 block of Joaquin Avenue heard a knock on her front door but didn’t answer. She then saw a 15-year-old boy in her backyard holding a tool from her garden shed and trying to pry at her back door, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The teen ran and responding officers spotted the teen as he fled the area towards Bancroft Middle School, where they lost sight of him as he ran into the San Leandro Creek.

The  school was put into lock-down during the search.

A helicopter from the California Highway Patrol and a police dog from BART police aided in the three-hour search, and the boy was found hiding in a shed in a yard on the 100 block of Lee Avenue.

The suspect  is being held on suspicion of attempted residential burglary and fleeing from police and the Sacramento group home where he had been a resident.  He is currently being held at the Juvenile Justice Center.


SL Woman Caught in Pot-growing Operation PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 November 2015 19:40

A San Leandro woman is under arrest for her role in a marijuana growing operation.

The woman, 25, and a 41-year-old male suspect were taken into custody in Dublin by San Ramon police last week after warrants were served at growing houses in both of those cities.

Police say they found 700 pot plants and, in both homes, PG&E power sources had been tampered with to avoid charges for all the electricity necessary to grow the plants.

Police said the suspects were arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and conspiracy and are in Contra Costa County jail.


Sheriff’s Office Seeks Info in Cold Case Death PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 November 2015 19:38

Last month marked the 21st anniversary of the murder of Antowan Sexton and the Alameda County Sheriff’s office wants to remind the public about the crime in the hopes that new information can help break the cold case.

On Oct. 25, 1994, Sexton was driving eastbound on 166th Avenue in San Leandro and, as he entered the intersection with East 14th Street, his car was shot at several times and he was struck in the torso.

Sexton, 20, was pronounced dead a short time later after he was taken to Eden Hospital.

Witnesses said they saw a light-blue or grey BMW fleeing the scene eastbound on 166th Avenue. A black male adult was also seen jumping fences near an apartment complex on 167th Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call 667-3661 or the anonymous tip line at 667-3622.


Suspect Ditches Gun, Flees Scene PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 November 2015 20:06

One man is in custody and another at large after a suspect fled the scene during a traffic stop last week.

An officer patrolling the area of Hesperian Boulevard and East 14th Street on Oct. 25 just before 8 p.m. pulled a Toyota over for a traffic violation.

The car pulled over, but the passenger got out and fled on foot to the 14800 block of Bancroft Avenue. Police searched the area, but could not find the man.

They did find a 9mm Glock pistol in a crawl space underneath a house on the street, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Police think the suspect ditched it before getting away.

Officers arrested the driver who did not run. He was found wearing a holster that was made for the Glock and had a black ski mask and over $1,000 in his jacket. He was also on probation at the time of his arrest and is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.


Witnesses Help Catch Home Burglars PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 November 2015 20:05

A resident called police on Oct. 27 to report two suspicious young men in a yard on the 2400 block of West Avenue 135th and then spotted the two suspects leaving the yard carrying a bag of items and getting into a waiting car with a  third young man behind the wheel and driving away.

Witnesses got the car’s license plate and officers went to the registered owner’s home in East Oakland, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

At the home, police found three young men in their teens who matched the witnesses’ descriptions.

They were found to be in possession of items from  the burglarized home and arrested. The stolen items were returned.


Assaulted Woman’s Condition Improves PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 November 2015 20:04

The man who was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting his wife  has been charged by the district attorney’s office with domestic violence and the special circumstance of causing great bodily injury.

Police say the 53-year-old suspect attacked his 63-year-old wife in their home on the 1200 block of Douglas Court on Oct. 22 in a domestic dispute.

The woman’s upper body and head injuries were so brutal that doctors originally thought she would be permanently handicapped with a traumatic brain injury and partial paralysis, according to Lt Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Now, her condition has improved and she is still in the hospital, but stable.

Doctors say she may need up to a year of treatment and physical rehabilitation but should eventually be able to make a full recovery.

When police arrived at the couple’s home, they found a handgun and rifle on the kitchen table, but the weapons were not used in the assault.

The suspect is currently free on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court this week.


Suspect in Officer-Involved Shooting ID’d PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 November 2015 20:03

The man who was shot and injured during a confrontation with the police last week has been identified as 46-year-old Mario Torres.

Police say Torres was in his car parked in a driveway on 137th Avenue around 8:40 a.m. on Oct. 23 and had threatened to commit suicide.

When police arrived, Torres fired a gun at them, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Officers returned fire and Torres was struck.

Police investigated whether the shot that struck Torres was self-inflicted or an officer’s bullet and now believe it was from an office.

Torres was treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital for more help. He remained hospitalized for several days for an unrelated health problem.

After being released, he was charged with shooting at the officers.


Cop’s Corner PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:05

A Message from the San Leandro Police by Lt Joe Molettieri

Every year, over 150 million Americans take part in Halloween activities. Of these, 41 million children age 5 to 14 will go trick-or-treating.

This is a good time for you to talk to your children about food safety, fire safety, strangers and traffic/pedestrian safety.

Everyone here at the San Leandro police department wants to make sure you and your family are safe during this time especially on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Here are some tips on how you, your family and friends can be safe while trick-or-treating.

Halloween Safety Tips

• Kids should always be supervised and trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods.

•  Don’t allow strangers in your home and do not enter strangers’ homes.

• Keep pets inside your home.

• Realistic replica firearms are discouraged.

Also, try not to update social media that you are away from home that evening.

Burglars are known to look for homes that are empty and social media is another resource for them.

Don’t give them the advantage, so wait to post your updates and pictures. We will be out there patrolling so make sure you say “Hello” or wave when you see us.

And don’t forget to change your clocks when you return home: Fall back (1 hour).

Have a Happy Halloween and please be safe out there.

Lt. Molettieri can be reached at 577-3226 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Domestic Violence Hospitalizes Woman PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:03

A San Leandro woman was hospitalized last Wednesday evening with head and upper body pain after allegedly being assaulted by her husband in their home

While the 63-year-old victim was being treated, her condition worsened and she is currently in the hospital where she remains in critical condition according to Lt. Robert McManus of the SLPD.

At 10 p.m. on Oct. 21, the woman was brought to a hospital by a family member, complaining of head pain inflicted by her 53-year-old husband.

While she was being treated, her condition declined, McManus said. She now has been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and paralysis of one side of her body

Police were notified abut the injuries the next day around 7 a.m.  and within two hours, had taken the suspect into custody as he left his home in the 1200 block of Douglas Court in San Leandro.

A search of the house located a loaded handgun and rifle on the kitchen table.

Investigators do not know why they were on  the kitchen table.

The husband is being held on suspicion of domestic violence that resulted in bodily injury.




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