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December 18, 2012 > Newark Police Log

Newark Police Log

Submitted By Newark PD

Officers responded to a residence in the 5500 block of Fernwood Drive at 2:29 p.m. after a neighbor reported two subjects described as; SUSPECT 1 (Hispanic male adult 5'6" with a gray hooded sweatshirt) and SUSPECT 2 (Hispanic male adult about 5'6" with a black hooded sweatshirt long black curly shoulder length hair) had hopped the fence from the backyard to the front of the residence and got into a 1998 Gold Honda Accord with two missing hubcaps on the rear wheels. The vehicle was last seen on Lafayette towards Cedar Blvd. The residence was checked and no entry had been made.

While providing extra patrol in the BJ's parking lot at 8:06 p.m., Officer Norvell was flagged down by the on duty security guard regarding a male and female refusing to leave the area. Valerie Buffey of Fremont and Lionel James of Newark were contacted. Buffey was found to be on searchable probation, which yielded a Mexico ID card in her purse. She provided a ludicrous story of why she was in possession of the card and Officer Norvell arrested her for misappropriation of found property. Additional follow up by Officer Norvell revealed the female depicted on the card was the victim of a theft in Richmond and the case will be amended to possession of stolen property.

While providing extra patrol in the parking lot of the EZ-8 Motel at 8:38 p.m., Officer Mavrakis located Michael Watts of Willits as he was looking into vehicles in the parking lot. Watts was defiant the moment Officer Mavrakis contacted him. At one point Watts walked towards Officer Mavrakis in an attempt to square off and fight, which resulted in a request for emergency assistance from other officers. Officer Mavrakis was able to handcuff Watts who became combative and kept trying to access his waistband. As the arrest was taking place a group of anti-police citizens had exited nearby motel rooms and began to walk towards Officer Mavrakis. K9 "Ares" was summoned from the vehicle and never left Officer Mavrakis' side until additional officers arrived. Watts began thrash around the rear of the patrol vehicle, and a WRAP- leg restraint device was utilized at the scene. There was no damage to the patrol vehicle, and there were no injuries associated with this incident. Watts thought he had a felony warrant for his arrest and he didn't want to go to jail. He was booked at Santa Rita Jail for resisting arrest and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

One caller in the 36900 block of Olive Street called NPD at 9:27 p.m. to report the sound of shots fired in the area. Officer's Kovach and Lopez arrived and three males dressed in all black clothing began running from the area upon seeing the marked units. Officer Lopez eventually stopped and detained Jorge Gonzalez of East Palo Alto in the All Star burger parking lot. At the time Gonzalez was dressed in all black clothing with red accents, indicative of his gang ties. The other two males were not located since the original scene became the top priority at that point. A neighborhood canvass was completed and there was no evidence that a shooting had occurred. Spilled beer and a hat were located in the driveway of an apartment complex. Officer Lopez ultimately arrested Gonzalez for delaying/interfering with an officer.

December 9
Officer S. Eriksen attempted to contact Joseph Ammon (Transient) at Thornton Ave. and Hwy 880 at 11:22 a.m. Ammon took off running. S. Eriksen caught Ammon. Ammon struggled with Officer S. Eriksen. Ammon was taken to the ground. Ammon had run because he had a glass-smoking pipe on his person that he threw while he was running. FPD Officer Baca and his K9 partner "Harkos" responded to make sure no other contraband had been discarded. After Ammon was medically cleared, he was booked at the Fremont Jail for resisting arrest and possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe.

Officer Katz investigated a burglary at 24 hour Fitness at 12:13 p.m. A club member's locker had been broken into. The wallet was located in the gym's restroom, minus $40.00.

Officers responded to Macy's for a theft that had just occurred at 4:12 p.m. The female suspects had fought with Loss Prevention in an attempt to get away. Kalian Turner (East Palo Alto) and Rachael Toe (East Palo Alto) were arrested by Officer Katz for robbery. Both were booked at Fremont Jail.

A family dispute call at a residence on Fountaine Ave. resulted in the arrest of Alejandro Valencia of Newark at 8:44 p.m. for being under the influence of Methamphetamine. Valencia had just been released earlier in the day from Santa Rita Jail and had been arguing with family members about him using drugs immediately after his release. Officer Ramos handled Valencia's swift return to Santa Rita.

A citizen called to report Jon Ferguson (transient) rummaging through a garbage dumpster at an apartment complex on Cherry St. Officer Bloom subsequently arrested Ferguson at 8:57 p.m. for being under the influence of Methamphetamine. Ferguson also directed Officer Bloom to where he has stashed some additional Methamphetamine in a nearby laundry room resulting in an additional charge. Ferguson was later booked at Santa Rita Jail.

Any person with any information concerning these incidents can contact the non-emergency line at 510-578-4237. Information can also be left anonymously on the "silent witness" hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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