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Two San Leandro Men Charged in Berkeley Robbery and Homicide PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:32

Two men from San Leandro have been charged with murder, robbery, and assault with a firearm in the fatal shooting of a Berkeley man last December. Another juvenile suspect was also arrested.

The suspects, are Kahlil Phanor, 18, and Carl Young, 20. Young is currently being held without bail, but Young remains at large. A 17-year-old has also been arrested for the shooting and is being held at the Juvenile Justice Center in Fairmont Drive.

The shooting took place at around 9:45 p.m. on Dec. 29 in a parking lot near San Pablo and University avenues, according to Berkeley police.

The young men allegedly shot and killed 36-year-old Kamahl Middleton, who was wheelchair-bound. A woman who was with Middleton was wounded during the assault and the vicitms were also robbed.

 

 
Boy Finds Gun in Bushes After Washington Manor Bar Shooting PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:39

An 11-year-old boy found a gun in the bushes following a shooting at a bar in Washington Manor last week.

Two uniformed California Highway Patrol officers stopped a driver for a suspected DUI on Feb. 12 just after 1:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Shilo’s Bar on the corner of Manor Boulevard and Zelma Street.

While speaking with the driver, the CHP officers heard three or four gunshots coming from inside or near the bar, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Additional CHP officers and San leandro police officer arrived on the scene and found about 20 patrons inside the bar, who were then ordered outside for safety reasons.

No shooting victims or evidence that a shooting occurred could be found. The customers were interviewed and released.

A few hours later at around 7:20 a.m., a boy walking to Washington Manor Middle School saw the handle of a gun in the bushes next to the bar.

The boy thought it was a toy and picked up and realized that it was real. He then called his parents who in turn called the police, McManus said.

The police confirmed that the gun was real and loaded and that it had been reported stolen to the Alameda County Sheriff’s office last August.

Officers developed information that a known gang member was involved in the shooting – he was one of the people from the bar that was interviewed by officers and it was discovered that he was on probation for a gun-related charge.

The next evening, police found the 25-year-old suspect and arrested him on suspicion of negligent discharge of a  firearm in a public place for the purposes of promoting a gang. He was also found with drugs and booked for that as well as the probation violation.

McManus said police do not know the motive for the shooting or what or who the man was shooting at.

The suspect is due to be arraigned at the Hayward Hall of Justice this week.

 

 
Suspects Come Right to Cops PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015 13:38

In a pair of cases from earlier this month, suspected criminals made it easy on the officers who arrested them. In the first case, a man suspected of being under the influence of drugs found a bad place to park his car – the police employee parking lot.

An employee leaving the San Leandro Police department at 901 East 14th Street saw a suspicious car in the employee lot on Feb. 7 at around 7:40 p.m., according to Lt. Robert McManus.

Officers checked out the car and found a 49-year-old man inside apparently under the influence of narcotics and arrested him.

In the second case, a man was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle after stopping to speak with officers who had pulled over his brother for an unrelated reason.

Officers stopped a man on a bike at around 11 p.m. on Feb. 7 and while they were talking to him, a car pulled up and the driver said he was the bicyclist’s brother and asked why police had stopped him, according to McManus.

An officer ran the driver’s plate and the car came up a stolen, so they arrested the driver. The bicyclist was released at the scene.

 

 
Investigation into Neglect After Child Found Alone in Parking Lot PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:25

Police are investigating a case of child endangerment after an infant was found screaming and alone in the middle of the night in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

On Feb. 2 at around 3:20 a.m., residents of the apartments on the 14400 block of East 14th Street called police after discovering the child.

One resident recognized the boy as living in one of the apartments, and let the child walk back in his unlocked apartment without checking to see if any adults were present, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

When the officers arrived, they did a welfare check on the apartment and discovered the child’s 37-year-old mother passed out on the kitchen floor and no other adults inside.

Police believe the woman overdosed on drugs and she was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Police say the conditions in the apartment were not suitable for a child.

The boy was examined by a doctor and placed into the custody of Child Protective Services, McManus said.

The case is being reviewed by the district attorney’s office to determine any charges.

 

 
Four Arrested in Two Car Burglaries PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:25

San Leandro police made arrests in two cases of auto burglary last month.

On Jan. 25 at around 3:30 a.m., witness reported seeing two suspects breaking into parked cars in the Safeway lot at 555 Bancroft Avenue.

Police located two suspects near a car in the lot and a third suspect waiting as a getaway driven in a stolen car parked nearby, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The suspects were  15,16, and 7 years old and all from Oakland. They were arrested for auto burglar and auto theft and taken to the Juvenile Justice Center.

In a separate incident, a man walking his dog on the 2800 block of Darius Way at 1:15 a.m. on Jan. 31 spotted his father’s car door slightly ajar.

As the man approached the vehicle, a suspect later identified 23-year-old Oakland man ran away from the driver’s side of the car.

The resident chased and tackled the suspect and held him down on the street until police arrived. The suspect was arrested for auto burglary and probation violation.

 

 
No Arrest After Car Chase PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:24

A police officer chased a man in a stolen car last week, but could not catch the suspect.

On Feb. 1 at around 12:30 a.m., an officer in an unmarked patrol car was driving on the 14200 block of East 14th Street when he spotted a vehicle driving without headlights on.

The officer activated his emergency siren and lights to pull the car over, but it did not stop, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The driver of the suspect vehicle accelerated and the police officer gave chase.

The officer pursued the car for a few blocks, but lost sight of it on Grand Avenue.

The police contacted the registered owner of the vehicle, who said the car had been stolen about two hours earlier.

 

 
Arrests for Burglary, Counterfeit Cash PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:23

Three men were arrested for crimes including a home burglary, car theft, counterfeit money and drug possession late last month.

On Jan. 26, a woman reported that her home on the 1400 block of Dayton Avenue had been broken into earlier that day while she was out. Jewelry, electronics, and other items were stolen, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

Officers got a lead on a 19-year-old San Leandro man as a possible suspect and located him and found him to be in possession of some of the woman’s items.

The next day, the officers got information about two additional suspects – a 21-year-old Hayward man and an 18-year-old man – who were also involved in the burglary.

Officers stopped the pair in a brand new Volvo on the 15200 block of Farnsworth Ave. The cops determined that the Volvo was stolen from a dealership in San Leandro earlier.

When the car was searched, police found counterfeit money and some marijuana, according to McManus.

 

 
Witness Helps Catch Violent Mugger PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:22

A man was arrested for mugging and assaulting a woman near Bayfair mall last week.

On Feb. 2 at around 5:30 p.m., a woman was walking along the pedestrian bridge from the Bayfair BART station toward the mall when she was approached from behind by the suspect, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The suspect, a 19-year-old Oakland man, grabbed the woman’s purse and repeatedly hit her in the head, causing a laceration, police said.

The suspect walked away and began rifling through the victim’s purse. She followed him and asked him to return the bag. Eventually, the suspect took the victim’s wallet out of the bag, dropped the purse, and walked away.

A witness got into her car and followed the suspect, providing updates to police as they arrived on the scene. They found the man on East 14th Street near Fairmont Drive and arrested him

The suspect is scheduled for his next court date at the Hayward Hall of Justice this week. He is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

 

 
Suspect Tries To Go Underground PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:12

A suspect trying to flee East Bay Regional Parks police in a stolen vehicle was found on the property of a San Leandro manufacturing business last week after trying to evade capture by burrowing under some landscaping.

Just after the workday ended at around 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, a suspect in a stolen vehicle broke into the Halus wind turbine manufacturing property on Grant Avenue, according to Halus owner Louis Rigaud.

“Myself and one of my employees were confronted by him just in front of our office door, and I called 911 as I didn’t yet know the police were already chasing him,” said Rigaud.

“And then, as the police were surrounding the property, he attempted to hide out on our property by digging himself into the ground under the ice plants.”

Rigaud said that six to ten police vehicles showed up moments later and a helicopter circled the property.

The officers found the suspect and arrested him with no injuries.

 

 
IRS Warns Against Tax Season ID Theft PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:53

The IRS is warning taxpayers to watch out for email and website scams “phishing” for personal information this tax season.

The IRS won’t send you an unsolicited email about your refund out of the blue, so they are urging people not to click on any emails claiming to be from the IRS if you haven’t initiated contact with them.

The phishing emails prompt users for personal information, such as social security numbers, and can be used to steal identities and commit financial fraud.

If you receive an unsolicited email from someone claiming to be from the IRS, report it by sending it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The agency says that at this time of the year the scams are more prevalent.

 

 
Officers Arrest Four Men in Pot Raid PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2015 16:25

Officers raided homes in San Leandro, San Jose, and Fairfield during the first week of January, discovering more than 2,700 marijuana planst, according to Fairfield  police.

Four men (two from San Leandro) were arrested between Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 after a months-long, multi-agency investigation.

Police raided three homes and found them converted into marijuana growing operations and also recovered $52,000 in cash as well as multiple pounds of processed pot.

The home that was raided in San Leandro is located on the 2000 block of Sweetwater Drive.

Additional search warrants were executed in the days following the raids in San Lorenzo and Berkeley. Officers found over $30,000 in cash that they believe came from drug sales.

 

 
License Plate Readers Help Cops Find Two Stolen Cars PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 08 January 2015 17:08

The San Leandro police say they were able to recover two stolen vehicles using their license plate reading cameras in late December.

A patrol car with a license plate reader was parked in the area of East 14th Street and Durant Avenue on Dec. 22 at around 11 a.m.

The reader scanned a license plate and  received an alert about a Nissan that was driving past, according to Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police.

The officer stopped the Nissan and the 22-year-old driver was arrested after he was found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest for previous robberies and a parole violation.

The 19-year-old passenger was arrested for auto theft after officers discovered that she had been previously named a suspect in the theft of a family member’s car, but the district attorney’s office later dismissed the charge.

In a second incident on Dec. 23, an officer patrolling with a license palter reader in the Marina Square parking lot located a stolen car around 9:40 p.m.

The vehicle was unoccupied and eventually returned to its owner in Oakland.

 

 

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