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Two San Jose men arrested for marijuana cultivation in Antioch Monday

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

By Acting Sergeant Mortimer, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Monday, October 27, 2014 at approximately 3:00 PM, Antioch Police Department patrol officers responded to a residence in the 4600 block of Imperial Street on a report of a possible marijuana grow house. While on scene, patrol officers

Lam Doan Two San Jose men arrested for marijuana cultivation in Antioch Monday

Lam Doan

found 39-year-old Lam Doan and 41-year-old Phong Ly, both San Jose residents, fleeing from the residence. Officers arrested Doan and Ly nearby and found the house was completely converted into an illicit, marijuana cultivation operation. Investigators were called and ultimately seized approximately 590 marijuana plants from the home.

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 Colley with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6922. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

Phong Ly Two San Jose men arrested for marijuana cultivation in Antioch Monday

Phong Ly

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Antioch woman arrested for prostitution at massage parlor Wednesday

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Shuping Gao Antioch woman arrested for prostitution at massage parlor Wednesday

Shuping Gao

By Acting Sgt. Mortimer Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM, the Antioch Police Department conducted an undercover operation at the Massage Center massage parlor in the 2400 block of Sycamore Drive. During the operation, an undercover officer paid for a massage and was solicited by 49-year-old Antioch resident Shuping Gao, during the massage, to pay for sexual acts. Gao was arrested on the prostitution charge and was sent to the Contra Costa County jail.

The undercover operation was conducted after receiving complaints regarding the suspicious activity at the business as well as advertisements from the business on local internet escort sites.

The investigation is ongoing, Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Acting Sgt. Mortimer with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6941. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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City of Antioch provides status report on use of Measure C funds

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The City of Antioch has released a Status Report on the use of funds the City has received from Measure C, the half-cent sales tax passed by Antioch voters a year ago on November 5th. The Status Report is being mailed to all Antioch residents and a summary will be presented to the City Council by staff at the October 28th City Council Meeting.

Collection of Measure C funds began in April of 2014 and, as of October 15th, $1,706,336 of Measure C funds have been received. The Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee has been meeting regularly with the City’s Finance Director to ensure that Measure C funds are being spent as promised. Measure C sunsets in seven years.

City Manager Steve Duran said “Measure C has been a Godsend for the City of Antioch’s efforts to have a safer and cleaner community.” With approval of the 2014/15 budget, the Antioch City Council directed 100% of the projected $4,300,847 Measure C annual revenues to hiring and equipping more Police Officers, which is well in progress, and augmenting Code Enforcement services. The City allocated $4,111,947 to the Police Department and $188,900 to Code Enforcement for Fiscal year 2014-2015.

Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando noted “The passage of Measure C in November 2013 has enabled the Antioch Police Department to significantly increase our staffing and effectiveness. This is only possible because Measure C was passed by the citizens of Antioch.” Since October 31, 2013, the Antioch Police Department has expanded from 97 employees to 116 employees, a net increase of 19.6% (as of October 13, 2014). Sworn Personnel increased from 76 to 91, a net increase of 19.7%, in the same time period. Chief Cantando further stated “Our goal is to reach 97 sworn personnel by June 30, 2015 and 104 sworn personnel by June 30, 2016. That’s an increase of 28 sworn officers. We plan to bring on five new Police Officers in November, so we are well on our way to reaching our staffing goals.” Antioch’s crime statistics through September 30, 2014, show a 9.8% reduction in violent crime when compared to the same period last year.

Mayor Wade Harper stated “There has been a lot of misinformation being spread around about what the City is doing with the funds from Measure C, so it’s nice to have the indisputable facts in this Status Report that clearly demonstrate my colleagues and I have kept the promises we made to the community.”

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Bicyclist struck by car in Antioch on Tuesday, dies on Saturday

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

By Lieutenant Don LaDue, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, The Antioch Police Department was notified that the bicyclist struck by a car on Tuesday, at Hillcrest Avenue and East Tregallas Road, has died as a result of his injuries. The investigation is ongoing and no new information is being released at this time.

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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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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