SLPD Report: 07-24-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:59

Car Chase on Marina

A man was arrested for several felonies after leading police on a car chase last week.

A patrol officer tried to pull the suspect over for a traffic stop on July 17 at around 10:40 p.m. on the 500 block of Marina Boulevard, but the man would not stop, according tot Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

While attempting to flee the scene, the man hit one of the patrol cars in the area.

He then led police on a 2-mile pursuit. During the chase, the suspect drove toward some officers, but no one was injured, Brandt said. The suspect then tried to ditch his car and flee on foot, but was quickly caught.

The suspect, a 33-year-old San Leandro resident is currently being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $300,000 bail.

He faces charges including felony evasion of arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run, and obstructing justice.

Fatal DUI Crash

A San Leandro man is in critical condition and his passenger is dead following a high-speed crash that California Highway Patrol officers believe may have been caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

The suspect, 23, crashed into a light pole on I-580 near Park Avenue in Oakland Friday morning at around 3 a.m.

Both the driver and passenger sustained major injuries and the passenger was ejected from the vehicle and later pronounced dead at Highland Hospital.

Officers at the scene said that the driver showed signs of being intoxicated, according to the CHP.

The suspect was arrested for reckless driving last April when a CHP airplane caught him driving in excess of 100 m.p.h. on I-880 while weaving through traffic and popping wheelies on his motorcycle.

SLPD Report: 07-17-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:53

San Leandro Man Convicted of Sex Crime

Last week, an Alameda County jury convicted a San Leandro man of raping a young girl multiple times.

Arthur Esver, 57, was convicted of five felony counts against a child under 10 according to the district attorney’s office.

Esver could be sentenced to 115 years to life by Judge Vernon Nakahara this fall.

The victim is a relative of Esver who was 9 years old when she was assaulted.

Man with Knife Arrested at Restaurant

An armed man was arrested after threatening employees and restaurant patrons with a knife Sunday night.

Officers responded to a call at La Pinata at 2699 Merced Street at around 11 p.m. July 13.

By the time the police arrived, employees and patrons had wrestled the suspect to the floor and gotten the knife away from him, according to Lt. Rick DeCosta of the SLPD.

One patron happened to have handcuffs, which he used on the suspect.

The suspect remained combative even after police arrived. While the officers were taking him out of the restaurant, he bit one of the cops in the leg.

The suspect, a 26-year-old San Leandro man, was arrested for brandishing a weapon, assault on an officer, and resisting arrest.

The suspect, who officers say appeared to be intoxicated, told police he was angry because he thought someone in the restaurant had taken his cell phone.

He is currently being held in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $15,000 bail.


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Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:13

Two women were arrested for possession of stolen vehicles after police busted them using license plate scanners last week.

In the first incident, a woman was arrested after being spotted by an officer who was driving on East 14th Street near the intersection of Toler Avenue  on July 1 at around 3 p.m.

The scanner alerted him that a car in the area had been reported stolen from Capitola earlier that day, according to Lt.  Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The officer pulled the car over and arrested both occupants.

The driver was a 19-year-old woman from Jamestown and the passenger was a juvenile.

The license plater reader also led to the arrest of a woman on  June 28.

At around 12:30 p.m., a patrolling officer in a license scanning car was alerted that a car on 143rd Avenue had been reported stolen from Oakland on June 18, according to Brandt.

The officer pulled the car over and arrested a 24-year-old San Leandro woman.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014 15:12

Door-to-Door Scammers

Police are looking for two men accused of using a door-to-door sales scam to commit burglary.

A victim reported that her home on the 1500 block of Pearson Avenue was burglarized on July 2 at around 4 p.m., according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

She told officers that two men were going door-to-door offering tree trimming services. While one man spoke about the tree trimming, the other snuck into her home and stole several pieces of jewelry.

Brandt advised San Leandrans to be on the lookout for the “creative” scammers.

The suspects are both described as Hispanic men in the 20s, about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, casually dressed. They were speaking Spanish over two-way radios and drove a dark SUV.

Thieves Caught on Camera

One man was arrested and two more are wanted for burglarizing a store that sells eye glasses.

Police responded to an alarm at a business on the 1300 block of MacArthur Boulevard at around 5 a.m. on July 1, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

They found the front window shattered and several dozens of pairs of glasses gone.

The store had a security camera and police reviewed the surveillance footage and were able to see the suspects and their getaway car.

Five hours later, the police located the car and one of the suspects on the 9900 block of Mac Arthur Boulevard in Oakland.

The suspect, a 30-year-old Oakland man, was found with several pairs of the glasses. The car was also discovered to have been reported stolen out of Fremont earlier in the week.

Police arrested the man and  are still looking for his two accomplices.

The at-large suspects are both described as black men, about 30 years old, six feet tall and about 200 pounds.

Stolen Gun

A man was arrested for possessing a stolen gun after a cop performed a walking stop on Wiley Avenue, near the intersection of Trojan Avenue on June 29.

The police ran a records check on the suspect and found that he had a warrant.

The cop then found a gun and ammunition where the man had been sitting. The gun has previously been reported stolen.

The suspect, a 34-year-old San Leandro man, was arrested for the warrant and gun charges.


Carjacking Leads to Dog Bite of Bystander PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2014 17:03

By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

A bystander was bitten by a police dog during the pursuit of an armed robbery and carjacking suspect last week.

The incident began when two teens were walking on the 900 block of Bancroft Avenue on June 25 at around 7:20 p.m, when a suspect approached them with a gun and stole their cell phones.

The victims called the  police and said the suspect had gotten into a getaway car and driven off toward the north, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

Around 10 minutes later, police spotted a vehicle matching the description in Oakland, just across the San Leandro city line. In addition to the robbery suspect who was driving the car, there were three passengers in the vehicle.

The officer ran the car’s plates and discovered that it had been stolen in a carjacking in Oakland earlier that day.

The cop tried to pull the car over, but the suspects would not stop. Additional police cars joined the chase and the suspect driver rammed one of the patrol cars, but the officer was not injured, Brandt said.

The chase continued, with the suspect hitting another car on Bancroft Avenue, near the intersection of 90th Avenue, and then the driver and one passenger ditched the car and tried to flee on foot.

The police caught the passenger who ran, but the driver got away. The two passengers who remained in the car were also taken into custody and all three were arrested for suspicion of being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

As the driver was fleeing the scene, he ran past a bystander. A police dog who was chasing the suspect bit the bystander. The victim suffered a wound to the arm which was treated.

The suspect got away from the scene, but the following day, officers located him in the unincorporated area of San Leandro and arrested him on suspicion of robbery, carjacking, felony evading, and assaulting a police officer.

Brandt said that the case may be tied to other crimes and is still an active investigation, so the suspects’ identities are not begin released at this time.

They are identified only as three adult men and one juvenile male.


SL Doctor Charged with Felony Drug Violations PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2014 17:00

A San Leandro podiatrist has been charged with multiple felonies by the Alameda County District Attorney’s office for allegedly prescribing strong painkillers without examining patients.

Dr. Tan Nguyen, 62, allegedly wrote over 5,000 prescriptions  between June 2013 and June 2014 for Vicodin, Oxycodone, and other painkillers and muscle relaxants, according to district attorney’s spokeswoman Teresa Drenick.

During the district attorney’s  investigation, undercover agents posed as patients and got Nguyen to write prescriptions without performing exams, asking the patient any health-related questions, or taking a medical history of the patients.

In 2008, Nguyen was convicted of selling prescriptions.

Calls to Nguyen’s office on Estudillo Avenue rang but were never answered.

– By Amy Sylvestri

SLPD Report: 07-03-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2014 16:59

Cyclist with Loaded Gun

A man was discovered with a loaded firearm after being stopped while riding his bicycle last week.

A patrolling officer stopped the cyclist for a traffic violation on June 24 at around 11:30 p.m. on the 300 block of East 14th Street.

While speaking with the suspect, the officer noticed the man had a handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The suspect, an 18-year-old Oakland man, was arrested for illegal possession of a concealed weapon.

Woman Found With Stolen Car, Credit Cards, and Meth

A woman was arrested for possession of a stolen car and drugs after a patrolling officer recognized her vehicle has having been reported stolen.

The suspect was driving on the 1100 block of San Leandro Boulevard on June 25 at around 3:30 p.m. when the patrolling officer decided to run the plates of the car.

The car came up as having been reported stolen on June 5 from Hayward, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the SLPD.

The officer pulled the woman over and arrested her. The officer also discovered that the suspect, a 30-year-old Livermore woman, had stolen credit cards and methamphetamine with her.


Police Car with License Plate Scanner Finds Two Stolen Cars PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:17

062614n4A license plate reader-equipped patrol vehicle caught two people driving in stolen vehicles last week, including one car that crashed into a railroad crossing.

In the first incident, the patrol car was driving south on Alvarado Street near Williams Street on July 22 at around 5:15 p.m. when it scanned a Honda Accord that had been tagged as reported stolen.

The patrolling officer tried to pull the car over in a nearby empty lot, according to LT. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The driver stopped, but when the officer got out of his car, the suspect driver sped off, driving over a sidewalk and fleeing toward Williams Street, driving through gravel near the railroad tracks.

The officer pursued the Honda for a short time, but then the suspect driver entered the railroad crossing, colliding with the crossing arms and sheering them off at their base.

At that point, the driver got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

The suspect ran to a nearby commercial yard on the 600 block of Williams Street and a witness alerted the officers as to where the suspect had run.

Police set up a perimeter and searched the area with a police dog. The dog eventually located the suspect, a 31-year-old Richmond man, on top of a parked RV and placed him under arrest without further incident.

Earlier Sunday in an unrelated incident, a patrolling officer located a parked car on the 1200 block of Gilmore Street which had also previously been reported stolen.

That vehicle was unoccupied  and recovered but no arrests were made in that case.

– By Amy Sylvestri

CAPTION: A man who allegedly stole this Honda Accord crashed into a railroad crossing sign while fleeing from police last Sunday. He was not injured.


Thief Loots Downtown Wine Bar PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:32

By Amy Sylvestri • San Leandro Times

Someone broke into The Vine – Wine & Tapas restaurant  overnight Monday, and got away with the cash register.

An employee who arrived at the restaurant at 135 Parrott Street in downtown San Leandro at around 7 a.m. Tuesday discovered that a front window was broken, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

The employee found the register had been taken. The burglar got some cash, but Brandt would not disclose how much.

The break-in occurred sometime between 11 p.m. Monday when the restaurant closed and 7 a.m. Tuesday. Brandt says the investigation is ongoing but there are no suspects identified at this time.


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Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:16

Robbers Threaten Man with Gun During Street Mugging

Two men were arrested for attempted robbery after threatening a man with a gun last Saturday.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was walking on the 100 block of Davis Street at around 10:20 p.m., when three suspects approached, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

Three men came up to him and one claimed to have a gun and demanded his cash and other valuables.

A patrolling police car came into the area at the time and the suspects fled.

The victim flagged down the cop car and told the officer what happened.

The officer offered the victim a ride home and, when they were on their way, they spotted two of the robbery suspects walking nearby.

The officer arrested the suspects, a 22-year-old and a juvenile from Oakland.

Though they threatened the man with a gun, no weapon was recovered.

The third suspect is still at large.

Drive-by Sexual Battery on Bicycle

A man on a bike was arrested for an attempted sexual battery earlier this month.

A woman was walking on the 14400 block of Washington Avenue at around 10:30 a.m. on June 16 when a man on a bicycle came up to her, and touched her inappropriately.

Immediately afterwards, he  fled the scene, according to Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police department.

The victim called police right away.

When the cops arrived, they searched the area and found the suspect, a 23-year-old Hayward man, riding his bike on Halcyon Drive.

He was arrested for sexual battery.

Police Warn Public About Recent Rash of Car Burglaries All Over Town

The San Leandro police are warning against a recent outbreak in auto burglaries this month.

There have been over 30 car break-ins a week in early June, compared to about 15 in prior weeks.

Police ask citizens to take all their valuables with them when they get out of their cars and to always lock their cars when unattended.

Police are also asking citizens to reports any suspicious behavior around cars.


SLPD Report: 06-19-14 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 19 June 2014 11:13

Woman Halts Car Break-in

A woman called police after she heard someone breaking into her home over the weekend.

On June 14 at around 9 p.m., the woman heard glass breaking just outside her home in the parking lot of the 1100 block of East 14th Street.

She thought someone was breaking in and called police, according Lt. Randy Brandt of the San Leandro police.

When officers arrived, they found a 23-year-old Oakland man with bolt cutters standing next to a car with a broken window trying to break in.

At first, the suspect tried to say the car was his, but the cops determined he was lying and he was arrested.

Woman Arrested for Car Theft

A woman was arrested for driving a stolen car on June 16 at around 2:30 p.m.

Police received a tip about a suspected mail theft from a residence in Bay-O-Vista.

They spotted a car matching the suspect’s description driving in the north end of the city and attempted to pull it over to question the driver.

The driver ran away, abandoning the vehicle. The police discovered that the car had been reported stolen  from Oakland.

They later found the driver, a 34-year-old Hayward woman, hiding in a yard on the 400 block of Superior Avenue and took her into custody.


Police Form Task Force to Counter ‘Wilding’ Incidents PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:36

By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

In the movie, The Wild One, the motorcycle gang is tearing up a town and someone asks Marlon Brando what he’s rebelling against.

Brando replies, “What do you got?”

Youthful exuberance turning into crime hasn’t gone out of style. The San Leandro police announced on Friday that they are joining forces with other police departments to address the recent incidents of “wilding.”

Over the past two weeks several incidents of large groups of young people committing crimes have been reported.

Lt. Robert McManus of the San Leandro police said the coordinated response is needed because the incidents involve teens moving along transit corridors in the East Bay. McManus spoke to reporters last Friday in the wake of several wilding incidents.

On Saturday, May 31, police were called to disperse a group of 80 to 100 teenagers in the food court at Bayfair Mall. Later, a group of teens ranging in age from about 10 to 20 years old confronted two other teenagers at the Bayfair BART Station, according to police. When the pair ran, the group chased them down, caught up with one and stole his Nike shoes and cell phone.

On June 2, police said two middle school students were beaten and pistol whipped with a hand gun by three older teenagers who took one of the victim’s shoes and phone on the 2100 block of East 14th Street.

Later that evening, on the 1900 block of East 14th, a group of teens blocking the entrance to a parking lot got into a confrontation with two adults in a car with a child inside, according to police.

The adults got out of the car and confronted the teens while some of the other teens got into the car, police said. One teen put the car in gear and started to drive, but stopped when the adults called out that a child was in the car, just before police arrived.

McManus said the San Leandro police are working with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, BART police and other police agencies because the incidents are happening along East Bay transit corridors.




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