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Carjacking suspect in hostage standoff in Antioch, Wednesday afternoon

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Antioch Police at the ARCO gas station on Contra Loma Blvd and Buchanan Road for a hostage standoff, Wednesday afternoon. May 27, 2015. Photo by Luke Johnson

By Luke Johnson

Antioch Police are currently involved in a hostage standoff at the ARCO gas station on Contra Loma Blvd. and Buchanan Road in Antioch. The SWAT is on site. Highway 4 is closed in the east bound lanes, in that area.

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The Antioch SWAT team is on the scene. photo by Luke Johnson

According to witnesses, a man was seen fleeing in a car from with police and engaging in a shootout with them. He then crashed his car near the ARCO station and attempted to steal a car, but failed. He then ran into the gas station. One of the witnesses who spoke to the Herald, was the man whose car the shooter and hostage taker attempted to steal. There are about 15 to 20 police and CHP vehicles are on site. Buchanan and Fitzuren are closed, as well as Contra Loma from Highway 4 to south of Buchanan.

According to other news reports the suspect is holding four hostages and is threatening to go out in a blaze of glory and will shoot it out with police.

Please check back for more details or follow this story as it develops, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/antiochheraldca.

Publisher Allen Payton contributed to this report.

 

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Police shut down marijuana grow house in Antioch, Tuesday

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

By Acting Sergeant Mortimer #2843, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at approximately 4:30 PM, Antioch Police Officers responded to a residence in the 5400 block of Mojave Way on a report of a possible marijuana grow house. The homeowner contacted APD because he arrived at the listed residence to conduct a “48hr notice of inspection prior to termination of tenancy.” The homeowner requested APD assistance to make sure the residence was secure as the homeowner suspected his tenants were growing marijuana inside. When officers entered the home they discovered the house was completely converted into an illicit marijuana cultivation operation. There was no one located inside of the home and it appears as if the tenants had left days prior.

Investigators were called to the scene and ultimately seized approximately 495 marijuana plants from the home and observed the tenants were bypassing the electrical meter, stealing the power needed to grow the marijuana. 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 Hoffman with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6931. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch woman struck by car, sustained major injuries, Monday night

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

By Corporal R. Martin #3343, Antioch Police

On Monday, May 18, 2015, at approximately 11:39 P.M., Antioch Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of Sycamore Drive on a report of a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Officers arrived on scene and contacted both involved parties. The pedestrian, a 42-year-old female Antioch resident, sustained major injuries and was transported to John Muir Hospital. The driver, a 57-year old male Antioch resident, was on scene and cooperated with the investigation.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the female pedestrian was actually riding a scooter in the opposing lanes of traffic when she was struck by the vehicle. Alcohol or drugs does not appear to be involved in this incident. No status of the female pedestrian is available at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441 or Corporal R. Martin at 925-779-6900 ext.83343. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Oakland man arrested for Antioch bank robbery, following high-speed chase, hostage standoff, Saturday night

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Police crime scene tape covers the teller window where the robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank branch in the Deer Valley Safeway store, Saturday night, May 16. photo by Allen Payton

Shawn McGee Sr Oakland man arrested for Antioch bank robbery, following high speed chase, hostage standoff, Saturday night

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By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Saturday, May 16, 2015 at approximately 6:15 P.M, a male walked into the Safeway store on Deer Valley Road and approached a teller at the Wells Fargo bank branch inside the store. The suspect produced a firearm and demanded money from the bank employee. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money and fled the store. The suspect got into a nearby vehicle and fled north on Hillcrest Avenue.

A witness to the robbery followed the suspect as he entered westbound Highway 4 and was able to provide Antioch Police Dispatch with a license plate, description and location of the vehicle. Antioch Police Officers intercepted the vehicle and attempted an enforcement stop. The suspect vehicle did not yield and a pursuit ensued involving both Antioch Police Officers and Officers from the California Highway Patrol.

The pursuit came to an end in Oakland when the suspect ran from the vehicle and into an apartment in the 10500 block of Topanga Drive. This was not the suspect’s residence and he took a resident hostage. Oakland Police Department’s SWAT team responded to address the standoff. Eventually the hostage was able to escape and Oakland Police were able to affect the arrest of the suspect without incident. There were no injuries as a result of this incident. The money stolen from the bank was recovered. Antioch PD Investigators were in Oakland coordinating the cooperative investigation with Oakland PD, CHP and the FBI.

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An Antioch Police Officer interviews a witness inside the Deer Valley Safeway store following a robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank branch. photo by Allen Payton

Shawn McGee, Sr., age 51 of Oakland, was arrested and booked into Contra Costa County jail on multiple charges, including robbery, burglary, making terrorist threats, unlawful imprisonment and felony evading of police.

The bank branch was forced to close early for the investigation of the robbery.

The case is still being investigated by the Antioch Police Department’s Investigations Bureau.

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.

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Michael Mortimer is Antioch’s 2015 Police Officer of the Year

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
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Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando (right) speaks about Officer of the Year Michael Mortimer, as Civilian Employee of the Year Ana Cortez looks on, during the annual awards ceremony on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

By Allen Payton

Police Chief Allan Cantando presented the awards for Officer of the Year to Michael Mortimer and Civilian Employee of the Year to Ana Cortez, an Administrative Analyst with the Antioch Police Department, during the annual awards ceremony on Thursday afternoon, May 14 in the Antioch City Council Chambers.

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Antioch Police Department’s 2015 Civilian Employee of the Year Ana Cortez.

In addition, Meritorious Service Awards were presented to the following police officers: Mathew Allendorph, Daniel Fachner, Daniel Hopwood, Christopher Kidd, Thomas Lenderman, Zechariah Matis, John Ramirez, Amel Sahnic and Marcos Torres.

Service Retirements included Shirley Head and Rodger McKeon. Medical Retirements included Devany Dee, Christopher Valliere, as well as Jason Joannides and his K-9 Vera.

A special commendation was given to Jeannine Girard, and honors were given to Kermit Kerr and Sue Haro of the Volunteers In Police Services, as well as Richard Augusta and William Cook of the Police Crime Prevention Commission.

Please check back later for more details.

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Transient man arrested for Antioch burglary, Monday, when woman and her children were home

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations

On Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:44 PM, Antioch Police Officers responded to the 4900 block of Ridgeview Drive on the report of a burglary in progress. The homeowner advised she was in the home holding her baby when she saw an intruder enter her home through an unlocked door.

She fled out of the front of the house with her baby. Upon fleeing she had left her four-year-old daughter behind in the house. Officers arrived, conducted an interior check of the residence and located the four-year-old at the top of the stairs. The child was directed to go outside to her mother as officers continued to check inside. The four-year-old daughter told her mother, who then alerted the officers that the intruder was hiding in the little girl’s bedroom closet. Upon checking the little girls bedroom, they located 21-year-old Antioch transient male, Demaria Lopez hiding in the closet.

Lopez would not comply with commands. A brief struggle ensued and Lopez was taken into custody without further incident. Lopez was transported and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on charges of burglary and resisting arrest. There were no injuries to any involved.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Det. McManus with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6940. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch man struck, killed by teen driver in hit and run, Monday evening

Monday, May 11th, 2015

By Corporal R. Martin #3343, Antioch Police

On Monday, May 11, 2015, at approximately 5:39 PM, Antioch Police officers responded to the intersection of Medanos and W. 11th Streets on a report of a hit and run collision involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival a 47-year-old male Antioch resident was located in the street with major injuries. Witnesses provided a description of the responsible vehicle and driver. The vehicle was located abandoned. The 19-year-old male driver of the vehicle, also an Antioch resident, was located a short time later and placed under arrest. The pedestrian was transported to John Muir Hospital where he had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The responsible driver was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on various charges.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441 or Corporal R. Martin at 925-779-6900 ext.83343. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch police apprehend suspects in Friday night drive-by shooting at family

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

By Corporal Powell Meads, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Friday, May 1st, 2015 at approximately 6:28 PM, Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to a drive-by shooting that occurred at the intersection of “A” and East 19th Streets. The victim was driving with his family (Ages 60, 31, 11, and 7) when they were shot at by occupants of another vehicle for no apparent reason. The victim’s car was struck by gunfire, but no one inside was injured.

The victims provided Officers with a vehicle and suspect description, as well as a direction of flight. Officers in the area located the suspect vehicle parked a few blocks away in a residential neighborhood, and were able to detain several suspects in close proximity to the vehicle. The victims identified two of the detained suspects as being involved in the shooting, and they were taken into custody. The gun believed to be used in the shooting was also recovered.

The investigation is ongoing, and the names of the involved parties are being withheld during the investigation.

Anyone who may has information or witnessed this shooting is encouraged to contact the Antioch Police Department at (925) 778-2441.

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