January 20, 2012 > Three suspects arrested following burglary and fatal vehicle collision
Three suspects arrested following burglary and fatal vehicle collision
Submitted By Cmdr. Robert Douglas, Newark PD
The Newark Police Department responded to an in-progress residential home burglary mid-block of Mistflower Avenue Wednesday, January 18 at 9:54 a.m. A witness called police to say he saw three suspects enter a neighbor's home after kicking down the front entry door. Descriptions of the suspects as well as the vehicle they were driving were reported. Responding officers saw the suspects leaving the area in the suspect vehicle (Charcoal Chevrolet Malibu) and attempted to stop it; the driver failed to stop. The vehicle traveled southbound on Cedar Boulevard at speeds estimated near 80 m.p.h. Due to the unsafe and reckless driving, officers discontinued their attempt at stopping the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle continued on at the high rate of speed and ultimately collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Cherry Street and Mowry Avenue. The driver and sole occupant of that uninvolved vehicle suffered life threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of this vehicle's identity will not be released pending notification of next of kin.
One occupant of the suspect vehicle was trapped inside the car, while the other two suspects fled the vehicle on foot. The other suspect was arrested almost immediately near the collision scene, while the other was arrested at the Pick N' Pull junk yard approximately one mile away on Mowry Avenue. All occupants of the suspect vehicle were accounted for and arrested for various felony crimes including residential burglary and vehicle evasion. All suspects have an extensive criminal history.
Investigation is still ongoing. All suspects were transported to local trauma centers for their injuries sustained in the collision.
- Rajwaun Watkins, age 20 Oakland and Hayward resident
- Jabrie Watts, age 20 Oakland and Hayward resident
- Deshon Collier, age 20 San Leandro, Union City and Hayward resident
Any person with any information concerning/witnessing this incident can contact the Detective Sergeant Mike Carroll at 510-578-4247. Information can also be left anonymously on the "silent witness" hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.