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December 11, 2012 > Alert Neighbors lead to arrest

Alert Neighbors lead to arrest

Submitted By James Leal, Newark Chief of Police

On December 3, 2012, at approximately 11:48 a.m., residents in the area of the 6200 block of Madeline Drive noticed several males trying to force entry into a residence on Madeline Drive. A second witness noticed a suspicious vehicle parked in the area and provided a detailed description of the vehicle.

As officers arrived in the area, the alert neighbor provided updated information that the suspicious vehicle was leaving the area. Based upon the information provided by both witnesses, Newark Police Officers located the vehicle as it left the area. The officers attempted to make a traffic stop of the vehicle, but the driver refused to yield to the officers.

The driver of the vehicle lost control of the vehicle and struck another motorist on Mayhews Landing Road and Spruce Street. The other motorist was not injured. The suspects fled from their vehicle. The males ran west along the edge of the flood control channel, which separates residences between Mayhews Landing Road and Peachtree Drive. Officers from the Newark PD, Fremont PD, and CHP searched the area for approximately 3 hours, until the driver, Carlos Morales-Villela of East Palo Alto was located hiding in the rear yard at 8230 Mayhews Landing Road.

A.L. Schilling Elementary School, located on Spruce Street approximately 1 block from the search area, was secured as a precaution while the search was taking place.

Unfortunately despite the efforts of the vigilant citizens, the residence on Madeline Drive was burglarized. The loss at this time is unknown. Inside the suspect vehicle were numerous, apparently stolen items.

This is the second incident in the last few days where observant residents called police about suspicious people in their neighborhoods that resulted in the arrest of thieves and the return of property to victims.

Investigating officers, Officer Ethan Katz, Officer Jeff Neithercutt and Officer Sean Eriksen are continuing the investigation.

Carlos Morales-Villela was booked for residential burglary, evading police, resisting arrest, prowling and hit and run.

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