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Married Tulare couple found guilty for 2019 fatal road rage murder of Oakland man in Antioch

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Suspects Tearri Richard and Lakia Poles. Photos by APD

Started at Pittsburg gas station

By Scott Alonso, Public Information Officer, Office of the District Attorney, Contra Costa County

Yesterday, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 a Contra Costa County jury returned a guilty verdict against defendants Tearri Richard and Lakia Poles, both 26-year-old residents of Tulare, California, for the murder of Raul Garcia during a road rage incident, last year. Richard faces a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and Poles faces 25 years to life. (See related article)

On September 1, 2019, the victim, Raul Garcia, of Oakland, and the defendants got into a verbal altercation in Pittsburg at the Chevron gas station at 1235 California Avenue after Poles’ car nearly hit the victim’s car. Poles, enraged at the victim, called her husband Richard to come to the scene. Richard proceeded to arrive at the scene, threatened to shoot and kill Garcia – he said he would “spray them all” and “we’re going to get you.”

Poles followed the victim’s car onto state Highway 4 eastbound as the victim desperately tried to elude her by driving aggressively back on to state Highway 4 westbound and then through city streets in Antioch. As the victim tried to flee from Poles, Poles was on the phone with her husband to keep him updated on their location. Richard in turn located the victim’s car and shot three bullets at Garcia’s vehicle on Putnam Street near Rio Grande Drive. One bullet struck Garcia in the back.

The case was investigated by the Antioch Police Department. Deputy District Attorney Aron DeFerrari prosecuted the case on behalf of the People. DDA DeFerrari is assigned to our Homicide Unit.

“We would like to thank the jurors who made sure justice was done in these difficult times,” stated DDA DeFerrari. “We would also like to commend the Antioch police department on an outstanding investigation, they went above and beyond in making sure Raul Garcia’s killers were brought to justice.”

Case information: People v. Tearri Richard and Lakia Poles, Docket Number 05-200114-7

 

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Meet your beat! Antioch Police add new K9 Unit

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Antioch Police Department’s newest K9 Unit, a Belgian Malinois named Nox. Photo by APD.

By Antioch Police Department

You all may have seen our “Meet your Beat” posts where we introduce you all to our officers within the Police Department, so we thought we would do the same and introduce you to our newest 4-legged officer as well!!

Welcome K9 Nox to the Antioch Police Department’s K9 Unit! Nox is a two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Malinois that comes to us from the Netherlands. Nox just completed his training and today is his first day on the street! Nox will be with his new human partner and while also working patrol, he is Antioch PD’s first K9 that is trained in firearms detection work as well! We are excited to have him and wish him a long, healthy career!

Fun fact:

Nox likes toys……..like he really, really, really likes toys. So much so, you’re probably going to need to trick him with a second toy in order to get the first toy away from him.

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Two Antioch men fight Wednesday night, one dies the other arrested

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

By Sergeant James Stenger #3604, Antioch Police Violent Crimes Unit (Investigations Bureau)

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at about 7:13 pm, Antioch Police Department patrol officers were dispatched to the canal between Lemontree and Manzanita Ways for a 43-year-old man down on the ground. The male had no pulse and was not breathing. Officers attempted life saving measures, but the victim was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene.

The APD investigations bureau responded and took over this investigation. It was determined the victim and 30-year-old male suspect, both from Antioch, were involved in an argument and during the altercation the suspect struck the victim in the head and rendered him unconscious. The suspect left the area and did not seek medical attention for the victim. The victim was discovered about 20 minutes after the assault and the police and medical were called, but the victim had already died. The suspect was arrested for murder and booked into the County Jail in Martinez with bail set at $1,000,000.

Additional inquiries or information can be directed to Detective Cox at (925) 779-6866 or by emailing jcox@antiochca.gov or Detective Brogdon at (925) 779-6895 or by emailing cbrogdon@antiochca.gov. Anonymous tips or information about this – or any other incident – can be sent via text to 274637 (CRIMES) with the keyword ANTIOCH.

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Antioch POP Team recovers three more illegal firearms, one with help of community members

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Suspect arrested, illegal guns drugs. Photos by APD.

Illegal drugs also confiscated from two suspects

By Antioch Police Department

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 at about 1:00 pm, the POP (Problem Oriented Policing) Team was patrolling the 2200-block of San Jose Drive, when they spotted a vehicle parked in an awkward position, making it difficult for other cars to maneuver around. When officers investigated further, they saw the driver appeared to be asleep at the wheel with the car still in drive. One slip off the brake could have ended badly for all those around, so officers placed their patrol cruiser in-front-of the vehicle to prevent a tragedy. Officers tapped on the window and woke the driver, who was quite surprised to see a couple of officers at his window. They noticed he had “BAPE” satchel across his chest and asked for permission to search, which revealed a loaded firearm inside. Carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle is not allowed in our state, so he was placed under arrest accordingly.

About four hours later, POP officers were patrolling West 10th and K Streets when they spotted someone they knew had an outstanding felony warrant inside of a convenience store buying a lottery ticket. Realizing his luck was about to run out, said individual got a sudden case of the munchies, and started purchasing various snacks. Officers met him inside to discuss the warrant (and proper snacking) but saw he had something unusual sticking out of his waistband – a loaded firearm. His criminal history prohibited possession of firearms, so he was placed under arrest on weapon and drug possession charges, along with the outstanding warrant.

Photos by APD.

And finally, Thursday at around 11:00 am, POP Team officers attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle for several violations near East 18th and Hillcrest. The driver failed to stop and began driving recklessly, so officers decided to stop their chase, but continued to check the area. It was then officers found the vehicle had collided with three parked vehicles on Merrill Street, but the driver was nowhere to be found. Antioch Strong community members stepped up and told officers not only which way he went, but what he was wearing. A swarm of blue uniforms converged on the area and found our man hiding in a backyard. A loaded 9 mm pistol was also discovered along his flight path, so was sent to the County Jail for evading an officer and weapon charges.

How can you contact POP Team for help with crime near your home or business? I have two ways for you – you can email them at popteam@antiochca.gov or send an anonymous text tip to 274637 and use the keyword ANTIOCH.

Fans of APD – what do you think about the POP Team’s efforts to reduce crime and keep Antioch safe? #antiochpdca #apdpopteam #antiochstrong

 

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Oakland man, teen with illegal guns arrested for Antioch home burglary Tuesday morning

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Suspect’s car stopped by Antioch Police at gas station and illegal guns confiscated following home burglary Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Photos: APD

Antioch Police, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Deputies and CHP Air Unit thwart burglars

By Antioch Police Department

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at about 9:07 am, APD officers were dispatched to a residence near Mt. Isabel and Rogers Canyon Roads to investigate a burglar alarm. When the first officer arrived, he saw two individuals exiting the residence that appeared quite shocked at his presence. Both ran from the scene and a containment perimeter was quickly established by additional responding officers.

A yard-to-yard search was conducted with the assistance of a canine from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and air support from CHP – Golden Gate Division.

Police set a perimeter in the neighborhood where the burglary occurred, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Photos: APD

During the search, a car was seen exiting our perimeter with both suspects inside. The CHP Air Unit kept eyes on the vehicle and directed officers to where it was headed. Officers stopped the vehicle at a gas station near Lone Tree Way and Golf Course Road, where both suspects were taken into custody.

Officers recovered two firearms that were discarded by the suspects during their flight, including an AR pistol and a .40 caliber handgun. A 20-year-old male from Oakland was sent to the County Jail for residential burglary, parole violation, and gun charges. A 16-year-old male was sent to Juvenile Hall for residential burglary and gun charges.

APD would like to thank area residents who assisted us, and for their patience while we searched for the suspects. We would also like to thank the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and CHP Golden Gate Air Operations for their assistance! APD is committed to keeping your neighborhoods safe and appreciate the partnership we have with our community.

#antiochpdca

 

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Shooter in death of man during fight last week identified, charged with murder

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

Fight began over a woman friends say

Steven Wade. Photo by APD.

By Antioch Police Department

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, at about 4:06 pm, 40-year-old Curtis Gaines and 32-year-old Steven Wade were involved in a physical fight in front of 9 W. 20th Street in Antioch. After the fight was over, Wade went to his car and retrieved a pistol. Wade fired one round at Gaines, hitting him in the lower torso. Gaines was transported to a local hospital where he was declared deceased. (See related article)

The Antioch Investigations Unit, Special Operations Unit, and Problem Oriented Policing Unit tracked Wade to a residence on Poplar Drive in Concord, where he was taken into custody without incident.

According to people who knew both men, they were ex-brothers-in-law and the fight began over an issue with a woman.

On Monday, November 9, 2020, this case was presented to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and Wade was charged with murder, along with an enhancement for use of a firearm. He was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Wade is currently being held at the Contra Costa County Jail with bail set at two million dollars. #antiochpdca

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

 

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Antioch Police put recent traffic enforcement grant to work issuing 36 citations in one day

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Antioch Police Motorcycle Officers of traffic enforcement. Photo by APD.

By Antioch Police Department

Antioch, we hear you! You want more traffic enforcement; here is an update!

You may recall we received a grant for our motor unit from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Funding from this grant has already led to an increase in motor officer training and operations. (See related article)

On November 2nd, using funding from this grant, our motor unit conducted a Traffic Enforcement Operation. We targeted well-known areas for speeders, thanks to the many tips we get from YOU!

The operation resulted in:

29 citations issued, including…

3 suspended license citations

2 unlicensed driver citations

2 distracted driving citations (put down the cell phones!!)

Keep those traffic tips coming, we are working hard for you!

For more information on the Go Safely campaign from the California Office of Traffic Safety, visit: https://gosafelyca.org

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Speeding parolee arrested with illegal gun during traffic stop for 67 in 35 zone in Antioch Thursday

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Suspect’s car, gun found under his seat on Thursday, ,Nov. 5, 2020. Photos by APD.

Queue the song “I Can’t Drive 55” or 35

By Antioch Police Department

There’s no such thing as a “routine” traffic stop…

Thursday, at around 10:20 am, Officer Erickson was doing speed enforcement on East 18th Street near Biglow Drive. He clocked a Mercedes going 67 MPH in a 35 MPH zone and decided to flip on the red and blues to have a conversation with the driver about why he was driving like he was on a freeway. He soon learned the driver was on parole, which is a type of offender supervision where one receives early release from jail or prison but, agrees to be searched by law enforcement for any reason. Individuals on parole can have their person, vehicle, residence and anything under their control searched without a warrant.

Officer Erickson searched the vehicle and located an unregistered pistol under the driver’s seat, which the driver was not allowed to have because of his prior convictions (and his parole status). Said driver was fitted with a set of chrome bracelets and brought to the County Jail, so he could tell others why they should obey the speed limit in Antioch (and not drive around with unlawfully possessed firearms!).

Our violent crime rate is down 39% since 2012 and -10% since last year. One way we accomplish this is by conducting proactive enforcement, along with probation and parole compliance checks. If you have information on a crime occurring in our city, you can call our Dispatch at (925) 778-2441 or send an anonymous text-tip to 274637 with the keyword ANTIOCH. Thanks for helping us keep Antioch safe! #antiochpdca

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