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January 7, 2014 > Newark Police Log

Newark Police Log

Submitted By Michael Carroll, Newark PD

Thursday, December 19
Two gang members reported to NPD at 11:09 a.m. that they had been shot at by rival gang members in the area of Wells Avenue and Locust Street. Officers were able to locate evidence related to the shooting on Wells Avenue. SET Detectives and Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF) Agents responded to the scene. Based upon information provided by witnesses and evidence collected at the scene, detectives quickly focused their attention on a particular gang. MCTF Agent Young, SET Detectives, NPD patrol officers, and Fremont Detectives working together identified the shooter as Oscar Valderrama of Fremont. On 12-21-2013, Valderrama was arrested by the MCTF.


Friday, December 20
Officer responded to BobÕs Liquors at 7000 Jarvis Avenue at 10:18 p.m. regarding a suspicious circumstance. Ultimately it was determined the victim had been carjacked, his delivery truck (minivan) was stolen with him inside the vehicle. As the suspect was driving from the scene, the victim rolled out of the van. The victim made it back to the liquor store and called the police. On December 21, the victimÕs vehicle was located at Byington Park. There is currently no information regarding suspect descriptions.


Monday, December 23
At 6:18 p.m., Officer Jackman investigated a robbery in front of a residence in the 39700 block of Potrero Dr. The victim was approached by a black male adult, approximately 20 years old, who was wearing a gray shirt, grey pants, and a red baseball cap. The suspect demanded the victimÕs wallet. Fearing for her safety, the victim took out her wallet. The suspect knocked the wallet to the ground as the victim yelled for help. The suspect picked up the wallet and ran west on Potrero Dr. Officers from both day and night shift flooded the area but did not locate the suspect.


Tuesday, December 24
NewPark Mall was packed with last minute shoppers. Traffic OfficerÕs Williams and Allum were joined by Officer Fredstrom today. The trio was highly visible all day and made numerous enforcement stops, issuing some citations. As a result, we did not take any collisions in or around the mall nor were there any cases generated from the mall itself. I want to personally thank these officers for there outstanding efforts. As I have been preparing these logs, I am very aware of the calls for service and numerous incidents at the Mall. For these three officers to conduct such visible enforcement and deter criminal behavior for an entire shift is incredible. THANK YOU!!!

Officer Lopez investigated a theft at 8:23 a.m. that occurred overnight in the 6300 block of Buena Vista Drive. All four tires were stolen from a Toyota Prius.

At 12:29 p.m., Officer Taylor investigated a residential burglary in the 36200 block of Dalewood Drive. The homeowner estimated the time frame was between 11 a.m. and 12:29 p.m. Entry was made via Òdoggy-doorÓ and the loss is jewelry.Ê

Officer Lopez investigated a second reported theft at 5:19 p.m. of all four tires from a vehicle in the 6200 block of Buena Vista Drive. The theft occurred overnight and the victim vehicle in this incident is a 2014 Mercedes.

Officer Norvell investigated a ransack residential burglary in the 37300 block of Ezra Dr. at 2:35 a.m. It appeared the suspects used rocks to break a rear window. The incident occurred between 5 p.m. Ð 2:30 a.m. Officer Norvell collected some physical evidence.

At 2:36 a.m., Officer Sandoval investigated the residential burglary in the 6000 block of Tourraine Dr. It appears the suspects pried open the rear sliding glass door to gain entry. Taken in the burglary was a Glock 22 .40 Cal pistol.


Wednesday, December 25
Officer Coffey responded at 5:08 a.m. to 36867 Sycamore Street for a report of a stolen vehicle. The theft occurred between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The vehicle is a 1993 Green Honda Civic, CA Plate: 3CJZ371.


Thursday, December 26
At 9:45 a.m., Office Katz investigated the theft of an Argo 8x8 UTV (amphibious vehicle) stolen from Cargill Salt overnight.Ê The vehicle does not have a license plate but has a VIN which has been entered into the Stolen Vehicle System. Ê

Officer Eriksen investigated employee embezzlement at MacyÕs.ÊNagina Rahimi of Union City was cited for embezzling approximately $500 from her employer.Ê

Officer Lopez investigated a residential burglary at 6:37 p.m. that occurred at a residence in the 36600 block of Ruschin Drive. It occurred between 8 a.m. Ð 10:30 a.m. The loss was electronics and entry was made through a side garage door.

Officer Ramos investigated a report of a stolen vehicle that occurred from the parking lot of the NewPark Mall. The vehicle is a Green 1997 Honda Accord, CA Plate 6MMY878.

ÒEagle-eyeÓ Ramos noticed the interior lights of La Cabana restaurant had turned off after driving through the area at 3:10 a.m. A warrant check revealed well know probationer Ramon Arreola of Newark had a Felony Warrant for his arrest issued by Alameda County Sheriff Office. Officer Ramos contacted RamonÕs mother/owner of the restaurant and she agreed to give us a key to the front door. A perimeter was set and upon opening the front door, Arreola was immediately contacted at gunpoint by the entry team. Arreola complied and was taken into custody without incident.


Friday, December 27
Officers Revay and Katz followed up on a lead initially forwarded by Fremont PD Detective Lambert at the end of shift the previous day. The burglary occurred on Christmas Eve. Officers Katz and Revay met with Detective Lambert at a Fremont jewelry store and obtained the CCTV Surveillance video. The video was then viewed by Officer Revay, SRO Johnson and SET Detective Todd. Three of the four suspects were positively identified based upon the video.
Officer Revay authored a search warrant for the three identified suspects, their persons and residences in relation to the three residential burglaries that occurred on Christmas Eve. All three burglaries occurred during evening hours on Christmas Eve and had similar modus operandi.
Dayshift, Overlap, Graves, and SET combined personnel and executed search warrants on the three locations. The result was the recovery of the majority of stolen property from a residential burglary on Ezra Dr. on Christmas Eve, property that is possibly stolen from the other two burglaries, two loaded handguns, cocaine for sales and the contact and arrest of the fourth unidentified suspect who tried to pawn the stolen jewelry. The following six persons were arrested:
16 year old juvenile from Newark
17 year old juvenile from Newark
Gurinder Singh of Newark
Jesus Jimenez of Newark
Victor Castro of Newark
Jesus Jimenez of Newark
Outstanding teamwork and investigation! Thank you to everyone (citizens, Fremont PD Detective Lambert, SET Detectives and SROÕs who came back from their vacations to help identify suspects, and all patrol officers for their hard work and making this investigation successful.

At 2:43 p.m., Officer Fredstrom was flagged down at Taco Bell Thornton for a theft of a bicycle. A suspect description was quickly broadcasted. Officer Knutson located the suspect and stolen bicycle a short distance away. A witness and the victim positively identified the bicycle and the suspect. Anthony Adams, transient from Emeryville, was arrested for the theft. He is currently on CDCR Parole for burglary.

Officer Ramos responded at 5:27 p.m. to the New Park Mall MacyÕs for a shoplifter in-custody. Officer Ramos accepted the citizenÕs arrest of Robert Pinkney for theft. Officer Ramos cited and released Pinkney after he signed a promise to appear in court.


Saturday, December 28
1900 Hours: Officer Khairy arrested Arprsha Dunn of Milpitas at 7:00 p.m. for Assault with Teargas and Battery. Arprsha was in a dispute with the victim over the use of a vehicle. When the victim arrived at the NewPark Mall, she was confronted by Arprsha and sprayed in the face with pepper spray. With the victimÕ eyes full of pepper spray and closed shut Arprsha began hitting the victim in the head and face. Mall security intervened and detained the involved parties. Arprsha was taken into custody and later booked into Santa Rita Jail.


Sunday, December 29
At 3:23 a.m., Officer Rodgers investigated a burglary at 36601 Newark Blvd. (Pure Water). An unknown suspect smashed a glass door to gain entry. Once inside the suspects took money from a cash register.


Monday, December 30
Officer Coffey investigated a Stolen Vehicle case at 7:06 p.m. The Victim / RO of a blue 1999 Honda Civic Cal License #6SZN974 reported her vehicle had been stolen from the rear of the 76 gas station located at 5799 Mowry Ave.


Tuesday, December 31
At 8:20 a.m., a CHP air unit received a LoJack ÒhitÓ on a stolen vehicle originally taken by NPD. OfficerÕs responded to the area of Cedar Boulevard and Civic Terrace Avenue. Officer Lopez responded with a LoJack equipped patrol car and located the stolen vehicle (unoccupied) on San Antonio Street. The vehicle was recovered and released to the registered owner.

While driving on Baine Ave. at 10:30 p.m., SET Detectives observed a vehicle making a horrible attempt of a U-turn, and driving backwards and jumping over the sidewalk. A traffic stop was conducted and Det. Schwerin contacted the sole driver, Mario Reyes Lopez of Newark with the assistance of Sgt. Mendez from UCPD who assisted with Spanish to English translations. Lopez was arrested for DUI and was booked at Santa Rita Jail. Thanks to Sgt. Mendez for helping us out.

Officer Geser investigated a Hit and Run at 1:42 a.m. involving a green Dodge Ram license # 7X29562 and a silver Lexus license # 4SJV633. It appears the Dodge struck the Lexus while it was parked in front of 36640 Magnolia St. An attempt to locate the vehicle at its last known address came up empty. This case is pending further investigation.


Thursday, January 2
NPD Officers were dispatched to the 6200 block of Market Avenue at 9:57 a.m. regarding vandalism to a mailbox. Sometime overnight, unknown suspect(s) damaged a custom mailbox, valued at $200, adjacent to the sidewalk. The mailbox sustained broken brackets and was found on its side.

Det. Heckman and Sgt. Loth contacted probationer Angela Smith of Newark at 4:14 p.m. walking out of a well-known drug house at 6821 Cedar Blvd. When asked who else was in the house, Smith stated she does not know, even though she had just come out from there. Det. Heckman and Sgt. Loth detained Smith per her probation status and entered the house, where the following probationers were contacted: Matthew Nielsen, Alexandra Fuentes, Francisco Funes, Brianna Hill, David Canterbury, and Bambi Reece. Brianna Hill was found to have a no cite warrant and was arrested by Det. Heckman. David Canterbury, who was trying to avoid having his record checked, was found to have a restraining order against him from his mother, Bambi Reece. Canterbury was also arrested for court order violation by Detective Heckman. Both were later booked into SRJ.

At 8:10 p.m., Officer Arroyo investigated an auto-burglary that occurred in the parking lot of RaleyÕs grocery store. Entry was made via window smash and the victim had her purse stolen.


Friday, January 3
2252 Hours: Officer Losier responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Joaquin Murieta Ave. at 10:52 p.m. Reginald Blackburn of Union City was subsequently arrested for domestic violence and booked at FPD Jail.


Saturday, January 4
Officer Hogan investigated another non-injury DUI related traffic collision involving a motorist who exited 880 at full speed and launched his vehicle over the center median at 12:52 a.m. Bran Ramirez of Newark was arrested for DUI and later cited and released to his adult brother at NPD.


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 Òsilent witnessÓ hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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