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Car strikes Antioch man on bicycle Tuesday afternoon

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

By Lt. John VanderKlugt, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau Commander

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at approximately 3:57 pm the Antioch Police Department responded to the area of Hillcrest Avenue and East Tregallas Road for a report of an auto vs. bicyclist collision.

Upon arrival officers located the injured bicyclist and began to administer first aid. The male bicyclist, a 51-year-old Antioch resident, was transported to a local area hospital where at the time of this writing he was in surgery and listed in critical condition.

The adult female driver of the vehicle was un-injured, remained on scene and is cooperating fully with this investigation.

Preliminary information obtained from both the driver and witnesses suggest that the injured bicyclist was riding his bicycle along the center median of Hillcrest Avenue into opposing traffic. As he approached to within approximately 200 feet of the intersection with East Tregallas Road he abruptly veered across the three lanes of traffic and was struck by the oncoming vehicle.

Based on obtained statements and evidence at the scene, it appears as if the driver of the vehicle was obeying all traffic laws at the time of the collision. There is no indication that alcohol was a factor in this collision as it relates to the driver of the vehicle. The level of impairment on the part of the bicyclist is unknown at this time.

If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch man shot Sunday afternoon has criminal background

Monday, October 20th, 2014

By Lt. John VanderKlugt, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau Commander

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 at approximately 12:08 pm, officers from the Antioch Police Department responded to the area of San Jose Drive and Delta Fair Boulevard on a report of shots fired and a vehicle collision. Upon arrival, officers observed that an unoccupied parked vehicle had been struck by a vehicle traveling west bound on San Jose Drive. Officers located the victim, Dominique Deonte Watkins, a 23-year-old Antioch resident, still inside the second vehicle. A female, later identified as Watkins’ mother, was standing next to the vehicle upon officer’s arrival.

Watkins was found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Emergency medical personnel arrived and began treating Watkins. Watkins was transported to a local area hospital where at the time of this writing he remains in critical condition.

When officers initially contacted Watkins he was able to speak and converse coherently. He was able to identify himself and relay that he had in fact been shot. However, when asked for specifics about the incident, he refused to provide any information or detail to assist in this investigation.

Watkins’ mother informed officers that both she and her son had previously lived in Oakland and recently moved to Antioch. She said that in the later part of September Watkins had been shot in Oakland and was still recovering from that incident. When asked about today’s event she said she had been with her son moments before the shooting and that as she drove away she heard the sound of, what she believed to be, gun shots. Watkins’ mother was noticeably upset and could only provide limited information at the scene.

The preliminary investigation into this incident has revealed that Watkins has an extensive criminal history to include outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants for narcotics and weapons violations.

Due to the limited information available at the scene, police are seeking assistance from anyone who may have witnessed this shooting and ask that they contact the Antioch Police Department.

If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Man arrested on domestic violence and assault charges in Antioch Friday night

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

By Lieutenant Don LaDue, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Friday, October 10, 2014 at 9:00 p.m., Antioch Police Dispatch received a report of a male who had armed himself with a handgun in his home, in the Alvarado Drive/Silverado Drive neighborhood, and was threatening to shoot everyone inside. He reportedly owned several other firearms.

Officers arrived within four minutes of APD receiving the call and quickly set up a safety perimeter around the house and established communications with the male. After officers spoke with the man by phone for several minutes, he agreed to come outside, unarmed, and speak with officers. He was detained without injury to himself or anyone else inside. Officers learned he was upset due to several ongoing medical issues.

The male, whose name was not provided by police, was arrested, medically cleared at a local area hospital, and booked into County Jail for domestic violence and assault charges.

This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Antioch Police Dept. at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Sutter Delta Medical Center employee arrested for stealing as much as $1 million in equipment and supplies

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Gary Lee Childress Sutter Delta Medical Center employee arrested for stealing as much as $1 million in equipment and supplies

Gary Lee Childress

By Lieutenant Tony Morefield, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Monday, October 6, 2014 at approximately 6:20 PM, Antioch Police Department Detectives arrested Gary Lee Childress, a 23-year-old, for the embezzlement of up to $1,000,000 worth of various medical equipment and supplies from the Sutter Delta Memorial Hospital in Antioch where he had been employed since 2011 as Environmental Services worker. He was apprehended without incident in the parking lot of the hospital as he was reporting for work.

Detectives later served a search warrant, and evidence of this extensive theft was located in his vehicle and at his Rio Vista home. Childress had been stealing the hospital property and selling it on EBay for several months. Some of these items had been shipped all over the country to unknowing buyers. Proceeds from this crime were also located and seized pursuant to a warrant. Childress has been cooperative with the investigation thus far, and some of the stolen property has been recovered.

No further details of this investigation will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Krenz with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6866. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Congressman McNerney announces grant for Antioch to hire five more police officers

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09) announced today that the Antioch police department would receive a federal grant to allow the department to hire at least five additional officers.

Rep. McNerney wrote to the Justice Department encouraging officials to consider Antioch for the funding, which will allow the city to continue to deter gang violence and related crimes. The police department will also place an emphasis on hiring veterans with the new money.

The men and women of Antioch PD are working hard to keep their community safe,” said Rep. McNerney, “and I am glad to support their efforts by helping bring home federal money to let them put more officers on the street.”

The estimated amount of federal funds to be awarded over the three-year grant period is $625,000, which will be distributed though the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.

Congressman McNerney is a strong supporter of the COPS program. Over the summer he wrote an amendment that was passed by the House of Representatives allocating additional money to the COPS program for law enforcement agencies to purchase needed technology. He also wrote a bill that would encourage more hiring of veterans as police officers through the COPS program, building on the success Antioch has had hiring former service members.

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Antioch hires three new police officers

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

New Antioch Police Officers Antioch hires three new police officers

Antioch Police announced on Facebook, this week, the hiring of three new police officers who were sworn to the force.

Please say hello to the three newest members of the Antioch Police Department family. Chief Cantando (second from right) stands with Officer Mike Perez, Officer Ken Krein, and Officer Scott Duggar. We welcome you with open arms!” the post stated.

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Antioch man arrested for marijuana cultivation on Tuesday

Friday, September 26th, 2014
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Shubaio Deng

By Sergeant Mortimer, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at approximately 4:40 PM, Antioch Police Department patrol officers responded to a residence in the 3000 block of G Street on a report of a residential fire. Patrol officers and Contra Costa Fire arrived and located a fire inside the garage of the home. Contra Costa Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire and in the process of securing the home, located a large scale marijuana cultivation inside. Investigators arrived on scene and ultimately served a search warrant seizing approximately 635 marijuana plants from the home.

Investigators developed information leading to Shubaio Deng, a 45-year old Antioch resident, as a suspect in the cultivation. Deng was later contacted and arrested without incident for the marijuana cultivation and arson. The case is still being investigated by the Antioch Police Department’s Special Operations Unit.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Koch with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6895. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch man shot Thursday night, police investigating

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

By Acting Sergeant Wisecarver, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 11:06 p.m., Antioch Police Dispatch received a report of people fighting in the street, in the 2800 block of Mariposa Court, with shots fired. The caller advised that one subject had been shot and that all involved parties were leaving the area.

A few minutes later, Dispatch received a report of a major collision in the 600 block of Putnam Street. Upon arrival, the officers learned that a 38-year-old male was suffering from a single gunshot wound and crashed his vehicle as he attempted to drive himself to the hospital. The parked vehicles were unoccupied at the time.

The victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance. He was treated for his injuries, which were determined to be non-life threatening.

This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Antioch Police Dept. at (925)778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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