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February 4, 2014 > Newark Police Log

Newark Police Log

Submitted By Newark PD

Friday, January 24
Officer Johnson investigated the report of a stolen white 1997 Nissan Altima CA license 4BPT311.


Saturday, January 25
Community Service Officer Parks responded to the Buena Vista Drive area at 10:36 a.m. and took five auto burglary reports. All five vehicles (different makes) had been locked and all alarmed. There were no signs of forced entry on any of the vehicles and none of the alarms had been activated.

Officer Todd was notified at 11:28 a.m. by mall security of a possible carjacking with the suspect exiting the victim vehicle and fleeing towards the old movie theater. Officer Todd met with the victim and learned that she was stopped at the mall when the suspect, later identified as Stephanie Smith, jumped in her vehicle and told her to go. The victim thought Smith might be a victim of Domestic Violence so she let her in. The victim drove approximately 200 yards before she saw security chasing after them. Victim then told Smith to get out and she did. Smith then fled to the rear of the old movie theater. Officer Todd and Bloom checked the rear of old movie theater and then began to walk the canal into Fremont. Officer Neithercutt responded to the Fremont side of the canal and observed Smith walking on the canal. Officer Neithercutt detained her. Smith had two felony arrest warrants and was also arrested for trespassing. The carjacking was unfounded.

Stephanie Smith also led Officer Todd and Officer Bloom to two subjects spray painting a wall along the edge of the canal. Officers Todd and Bloom observed the vandals as they were following Smith. They approached the vandals. Officer Todd arrested Christopher Arnold for vandalism.

Officer Jackman was exiting Highway 880 at Thornton at 1:37 p.m. when he saw Joseph Ammon take off running for no apparent reason. A records check on Joseph Ammon revealed he had an outstanding felony - drug possession warrant and a - under the influence warrant. A perimeter was established and an extensive area check was conducted. Ammon was not located. During the search, Camilie Jimenez was contacted and arrested for posssession of drug paraphernalia by Officer Jackman. Officer Neithercutt also contacted Eran Figueroa and he was arrested for his outstanding warrant. At approximately 3:33 p.m., Officer Jackman and Officer Bloom went back to the encampment on Thornton at Hwy 880. As they were approaching the encampment, Officer Jackman saw Joseph Ammon again. And again, Ammon fled and hid in some bushes. Ammon concealed himself within the bushes and Officer Jackman was unable to see Ammon. Ammon refused to come out of the bushes. Officer Jackman deployed his K9 - Eliot. Ammon was apprehended by Eliot. Ammon was booked at Santa Rita Jail.

Officer Losier investigated a hit and run collision at 6:23 p.m. A witness obtained a license plate for the suspect vehicle. Ofc Losier responded to Fremont to speak with the registered owner regarding the incident. The owner admitted to being involved in the collision and fleeing the scene. A records check of the subject revealed he had a suspended license and required an interlock device on his vehicle due to a previous DUI conviction. The suspect vehicle had no such device. Juan Flores of Fremont was arrested for hit and run, driving with a suspended drivers license and driving a vehicle without the required interlock device.

Officer Warren investigated a window smash burglary from Kids Castle at 7:28 p.m. A Nook tablet was taken.


Sunday, January 26
CSO Parks responded to a jewelry kiosk within the mall at 12:08 p.m. regarding a theft. A number of jewelry items and leather belts had been stolen at approximately 7 a.m. The mall had video surveillance of the theft.

At 2:05 p.m., Officer Bloom observes a female walking on Cedar Ct carrying a backpack. Officer Bloom watched as the female put the backpack on the ground next to an uninvolved male standing on the corner of Cedar Ct. Officer Bloom had viewed the video surveillance of the theft (see previous call) at the mall and the female matched the video surveillance. Officer Bloom stopped the female, Melissa Schwartz. A records check on Schwartz revealed she was active to probation with a search condition. Officer Bloom conducted a search of Schwartz and of the backpack. Inside of the backpack, Officer Bloom located a number of the stolen items from the mall theft. Officer Bloom also located two crack pipes and two checks (one out of Reno and the other from San Francisco). Officer Bloom placed her under arrest. Officer Bloom continued the investigation into the two checks. So far, the San Francisco check was stolen out of a vehicle in Oakland and the Reno check was stolen out of a residence in Reno. Case taken for petty theft with a prior theft conviction, possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Schwartz was booked at Santa Rita Jail.

Officer Warren responded to a vehicle driving recklessly in the Mi Pueblo parking lot (Newark Blvd near Jarvis Ave) at 6:51 p.m. Officer Warren located the vehicle parked in front of the Auto Zone store. Parolee Justin Bonilla (Fremont) fled on foot across Jarvis Ave into the Safeway parking lot. Officer Warren and Officer Losier caught him in front of Wells Fargo where he was detained after a brief struggle. Bonilla was arrested for resisting arrest, drunk in public, death threats to a police officer, and parole violation. Bonilla was transported and booked at Santa Rita Jail.


Monday, January 27
Officers responded to Love My Pet, 37350 Cedar Blvd. at 12:13 p.m. on a report of an armed robbery. Dispatch received three different calls regarding two black males with black "hoodies" entering into the business. One of the suspects was armed with a semi auto handgun. The employees were able to escape the business. Officers were on scene within a minute of the original call but the suspects were able to flee the area. A K9 search ensued and no suspects where located inside of the business. Loss was cash.


Tuesday, January 28
Officer Jackman investigated a theft at the MacyÕs department store

Officer Simon investigated a vehicle burglary from the parking lot of Beauty World located at 5222 NewPark Pl. at 10:24 p.m. The victim left her Mac Book in the back seat of her 1986 Mercedes while shopping inside the store. The back window was smashed out and the computer was taken.


Wednesday, January 29

At 4:08 p.m., Officer Lopez investigated a residential burglary in the 6200 block of Zulmida Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) made entry via a front door kick. Loss is electronic equipment and jewelry.

At 10:35 p.m., Officer Ramos investigated a vehicle burglary at 5788 Thornton Ave. St. Edwards Church. The victim had her vehicleÕs window smashed out and her bible and bible tote bag stolen.

Officer Homayoun investigated two vehicle burglaries at 35450 Newark Blvd. First Presbyterian Church at 10:46 p.m. Both victims had their rear windows smashed out and items taken. One victim lost three reusable shopping bags while the other lost her knitting kit and bag.


Thursday, January 30
CSO Verandes investigated a stolen F250 and container trailer from the 6100 block of Guava Drive at 7:10 a.m. The vehicle was tracked based upon itÕs on board GPS to Filbert St. Officers responded but found the vehicle unoccupied.

Officer Katz investigated at stolen white 1997 Nissan Maxima (Ca license 7BAZ592) stolen overnight from the 35400 block of Dumbarton Ct.

Officers responded to the area of Willow Street/Enterprise Drive at 11:20 p.m. for a report of vehicles driving recklessley "spinning donuts" in the area. Officer Homayoun arrived in the area and noticed a sedan ÒblackoutÓ flee into the neighborhood of Poplar Street/Juniper Avenue. Officer Homayoun followed and observed two individuals in hooded sweatshirts flee on foot into the rear yard of a residence in the 8100 block of Juniper Avenue. A perimeter was set and a K-9 search commenced.
Contact was made with the residents, who confirmed nobody had their permission to be in their backyard and gave us permission to search with Officer Mavrakis and K-9 Ares. After numerous K-9 announcements the backyard of was searched and cleared. Another resident on Juniper Avenue informed us they heard noises coming from their backyard just prior to our arrival and confirmed nobody had permission to be in their backyard. K-9 announcements were made with no response. Shortly thereafter, ÒAresÓ found and apprehended Reynaldo Garcia of San Jose hiding in the backyard. He was taken into custody with the assistance of "Ares". As it turned out, Mr. Garcia had a Felony Warrant out of the Santa Clara County SheriffÕs Office for auto theft and possessing burglary tools. ALCO Fire and Paramedics Plus responded to the scene to treat Garcia for his injuries. The second suspect was never located.


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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