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Man dies while Antioch police attempt to arrest him for breaking into apartment, Thursday

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

By Captain Leonard Orman, Antioch Police Department Field Services

On Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 12:25 pm, officers responded to 2301 Sycamore Dr. regarding a male who had forced the door open to a resident’s apartment and entered inside. When officers arrived he was no longer in the home.

A short time later, officers located the suspect in the apartment complex and attempted to detain him. During their attempts to do so, the suspect suffered some sort of medical distress. Fire and ambulance were arriving on scene and life saving measures were taken. The 31-year-old man was transported to the hospital and later pronounced deceased.

Because this is considered an in custody death, the county protocol was invoked. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, the Contra Costa County Crime Lab and the Antioch Police Department will be conducting an investigation into the facts surrounding this incident. No further information will be released tonight regarding the investigation.

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Three Antioch boys at home when burglar enters, call police, man arrested, Monday morning

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

By Corporal James McMurry #2384, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Monday, June 22, 2015 at 10:25 AM, Antioch Police Officers responded to the 911 call of a male who had entered the residence of a home in the 2100 block of Hamlin Drive, with three juveniles, ages 10, 12 and 13, inside. The parent had briefly left to go to the store but did not lock the front door when she left the home.

The suspect, Terrell Freeman, age 39, entered the closed, but unlocked front door and was standing in the living room. The boys heard the door open and went to see who it was and saw the unknown man standing inside the house.

The family dog entered the living room, saw the unknown man in the house, and the dog charged at the man. Freeman fled out the front door and closed the door behind him. The boys locked the door and called 911 to report what had happened.

Officers responded to the residence and located Freeman standing in the front yard near the front door. Freeman was detained without incident and later arrested. He was later sent to the Martinez Detention Facility on a residential burglary charge. Neither the three boys nor the dog were injured during the incident.

If anyone has information that is related to this case, they can call the Antioch Police Department’s non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441.

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Highlights of the 1,775 Antioch Police calls for service June 11 – 18, 2015

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Following is from Antioch City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report dated June 19, 2015:

Call Summary

Time Period: 06/11/15 00:00:00 – 06/18/15 23:59:59

Number of Calls for Service: 1,775

Number of Case Reports: 238

Number of Arrests: 79

Felony: 28

Misdemeanor: 51

Arrests with DUI charge: 6

The data is based upon unaudited CAD/RMS data at time of report generation.

POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATES

Identity Theft Arrest -On 6/11/2015 at 9:45 am, officers responded to 1870 A Street (Contra Costa County Credit Union). Employees called dispatch regarding a subject who was known to them as being investigated by Concord PD for identity theft. They reported the suspect was in the credit union attempting to withdraw money from one of the fraudulent accounts. The suspect was contacted and detained by officers but not arrested at that time. A 36 year old Kim Watson was with the suspect and found in possession of stolen mail and other stolen property. Watson also attempted to dump a small amount of methamphetamine when officers approached him. Watson was determined to be on PRCS and taken into custody without incident. He was booked at Antioch PD and later transported to the county jail.

Suspicious person in neighborhood, arrested for meth possession -On 6/12/2015 at 3:02 am, residents on Shelbourne Way called to report seeing a suspicious person riding a bicycle up and down the street and looking into front yards with a flashlight. Officers arrived and located 50 year old Christian Dominguez on his bicycle. Dominguez tried to ride past the officers and said that he was not going to listen to them. Dominguez was pulled off his bicycle and onto the ground where he was detained without further incident. Dominguez was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested and cite released from the station for the above charges.

DUI arrest following car accident -On 6/12/2015 at 10:46 pm, officers responded to the 2100 block of Viera Ave. for a traffic accident. Officers determined 32 year old Kevin Kerns was driving northbound on Viera Ave and collided with a parked car. Officers determined Kern and driving under the influence of alcohol. Kern was arrested and transported to the police department and found to have a .25 BAC. he was later issued a citation and released with a court date.

DUI arrest, driver speeding, crash -On 6/13/2015 at 11:42 pm, officers responded to W.18th and “G” streets regarding a traffic accident. Navarro was driving at a high rate of speed southbound on G St. approaching W. 18th St. when he lost control and collided into the iron fencing at the Antioch High School. Rafael Navarro, 42 years old, was contacted and determined to be the driver and operating a vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol. A section of the fence approximately 10 feet long was damaged. Navarro was not injured. He was arrested and later booked at the county jail.

Traffic stop for vehicle code violations leads to heroin possession arrest -On 6/14/2015 at 2:58 pm, Officer Adams conducted a traffic stop on vehicle at “K” and W.5th Streets. The driver, 36 year old Ellis Williams, was contacted regarding vehicle code violations. During the contact, officers searched the vehicle and located suspected heroin in the car. Ellis was cited and released from the scene for possession of narcotics.

Driver, passenger arrested for stolen car - On 6/1/4/2015 at 4:58 pm, officers were patrolling near W. Madill & “G” Streets when they saw a Nissan Sentra driving in the area. They drove towards the vehicle and it fled and pulled into the driveway of 108 John Gildi Ave. The occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The license plate was run and the vehicle returned as reported stolen. The officers were able to identify the occupants of the Sentra as 24 year old Raymond Cardoza & 23 year old Steven Cardoza. Both Cardozas were located after a short foot pursuit. A third occupant, a female, was not located. Both Cardozas were booked at the county jail.

DUI arrest - On 6/14/2015 at 10:05 pm, an officer was proceeding through the intersection of A St. and E. 18th St. on a green signal light when a vehicle travelling south on A St. failed to stop at the red signal light at the intersection and nearly collided into the officers vehicle. The officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop and contacted the driver 34 year old John Walsh. Walsh denied drinking alcohol despite the objective signs noticed by the officer. Walsh was arrested and later provided a breath sample which indicated his BAC was .12%. Walsh was booked into the county jail.

Arrest for outstanding warrants including grand theft - On 6/14/15 at 11:45 pm, Officer Kint contacted 44 year old Denise Amador at the intersection of W. 20th and “C” Streets. A computer check revealed she had three no bail warrants for her arrest charging vehicle theft, drunk driving, and grand theft. Amador was arrested without incident and was later booked into the county jail.

Felony arrest for outstanding warrant for arson - On 6/15/2015 at 2:59 pm, officers went to 508 W.5th St. to serve an outstanding felony arrest warrant for arson on 24 year old Paul Roa. The bail on the warrant was $50,000.00. Roa was located inside the residence and taken into custody without incident. He was later booked at the county jail.

Arrest on outstanding warrant for robbery - On 6/15/2015 at 4:11 pm, officers were at the Bonfare Market at 907 W.10th St. investigating the report of a man with a gun call in the area. While doing so, officers contacted 23 year old Adolfo Bobino who is an Oakland resident. A records check revealed Bobino had an outstanding arrest warrant for robbery issued out of Alameda County. Bobino was taken into custody and later booked at the county jail.

Arrest for outstanding warrants including vandalism - On 6/15/2015 at 11:17 pm, an officer was patrolling in the 3400 block of Longview Rd. He contacted 30 year old Christopher Smith walking in the area. A records check revealed Smith had 3 outstanding arrest warrants charging possession of a controlled substance, vandalism and driving on a suspended drivers license. Smith was taken into custody without incident and booked at the county jail.

DUI arrest - On 6/15/2015 at 10:36 pm, an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on Prewett Ranch Dr. at Mojave Way. The officer identified the driver as 20 year old Rhyan Gobbell. A computer check revealed Gobbell had an outstanding arrest warrant for DUI. Gobbell was arrested and later booked at the county jail.

Arrests of one for gun possession, one for parole violation following foot chase – On 6/16/2015 at 5:46 p.m., officers were working a proactive detail and paired up in a single patrol vehicle. They initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for vehicle code violations. The vehicle yielded in the parking lot of Joann Fabrics in Pittsburg. The rear passenger fled and one of the officers gave chase through the Big 5 and In-n-Out parking lots. The passenger was caught in the parking lot of the Burger King with the assistance of a citizen who tackled the him. The fleeing passenger was identified as 20 year old Luis Becerra and he was found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm pistol. The other occupants of the vehicle, 22 year old Rafael Madrid and 19 year old Anthony Dominguez, were detained by the other officer at the vehicle. Madrid was arrested for parole violation. Bacerra was arrested for the gun and they were both booked at the county jail. Dominguez was arrested and later released pending further investigation.

Arrest following gun shots by convicted felon- On 6/17/2015 at 11:03 pm, officers responded to a report of gunfire in the 400 block of “M” St. When residents in the area investigated the shots, they observed 37 year old Shawn McCowan walking away from the area where the shots were fired. The residents went to McCowan’s apartment to speak to him about the gunfire. When they did so, McCowan brandished a gun at them and threatened to kill them if they didn’t leave him alone. Officers determined McCowan was a convicted felon who had recently discharged parole. A perimeter was established around McCowan’s home. Officers called for the McCowan and his wife to exit the residence. They did so and were and were detained without incident. The gun, a sawed off shotgun, was located in the master bedroom hidden under the bed. McCowan was arrested and booked at the county jail.

Teenage boy arrested for throwing pine cone at teenage girl driving car - On 6/17/2015 at 7:36 pm, officers responded to Valley Way and Country Hills Dr. regarding a 17 year old girl who was driving westbound on Country Hills Dr. with the driver’s side window down. As she was driving, she was struck by a pine cone which had been thrown at the vehicle by a 16 year old male. The pine cone hit her in the left eye causing serious injury. She was able to pull to the side of the roadway and call 911. The 16 year old male remained on scene and identified himself to the occupants of the car before leaving. An ambulance was summoned and took the girl to the hospital. The 16 year old male was contacted at his residence and confessed to the assault. He was arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall.

DUI arrest following rollover collision- On 6/17/2015 at 10:47 pm, officers responded to Hillcrest Ave. at Via Dora Dr. regarding a rollover collision. When the officers arrived, they found 20 year old Isaiah Onitveros at the scene. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Witnesses reported Onitveros was driving at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic just prior to the collision. Witnesses also stated he attempted to pass several vehicles on the right shoulder and collided with the curb causing his car to roll into a chain link fence. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation and provided a blood sample. He admitted to drinking “hard alcohol” and driving recklessly. He was arrested and later released pending lab results.

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Woman dies of gunshot in Antioch Saturday afternoon, police investigating

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 at approximately 12:24 PM, Antioch Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of D Street on the report of someone with a gunshot wound inside the residence. Upon arrival Officers found a 46-year-old female with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. She was declared dead on scene. Other occupants at the residence remained on scene and were cooperative with investigators. Antioch Police Department Investigators responded and are investigating this as a suspicious death at this time.

No further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Vanderpool with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6988. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Two killed, one injured in Antioch shooting, early Wednesday morning

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at approximately 12:27 AM, Antioch Police Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1800 block of Cavallo Road. When officers arrived they found an adult female and an adult male deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. A third victim was also located on scene. The third victim was also an adult female and had sustained a non life threatening gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital to be treated. This case is being investigated by the Antioch Police Department Investigations Bureau. We are in the preliminary stages of the investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Det. 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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One man, two boys arrested in Anioch burglary, Tuesday afternoon, police search for fourth suspect

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

By Sergeant Santiago Castillo, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 1:57 PM, Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to the report of a possible residential burglary in progress. A witness observed three male subjects enter the rear window of a neighbors house in the 2000 block of Reseda Drive, while a fourth subject was waiting outside as a look out. As police were arriving, the subjects exited the house and entered into a waiting vehicle. Arriving officers located the vehicle and attempted to catch up to it to attempt a car stop but the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.

Officers located the vehicle on a nearby court where all four occupants fled on foot and began jumping fences into the surround neighborhood. A perimeter was quickly set up and three of the four subjects were located and arrested, including Kelvaugh Wells, age 22 and two 16-year-old males. The fourth subject is still outstanding and is described as a black male 17-20 years old with a thin build and shoulder length dreadlocks with blonde tips.

Property taken from the residence was located inside the suspect vehicle which included several firearms.

The Juveniles were sent to Juvenile Hall while Wells was sent to the Martinez Detention Facility.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, they are encouraged to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441. They may also text an anonymous tip to 274637(CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH in the body of the text.

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New details emerge in party bus, robbery incident at Antioch Safeway, Friday night; stolen items taken to two other vehicles

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

By Allen Payton

New details have emerged in the case of the melee that occurred at the Deer Valley Safeway in Antioch, Friday night, June 12, caused by some of the riders on a party bus from San Francisco. Antioch Police Corporal James McMurry, who was not on duty Friday night, provided information from the “shift highlight” from that night.

Antioch residents discussing the incident on Facebook wanted to know the name of the bus company, where the riders on the bus were from and why they came to Antioch. While that information has not yet been released, one new part of the story was revealed by McMurry.

It appears that some people on the bus were in Antioch to meet up with others in the parking lot.

Some of the merchandise stolen from Safeway were taken to other vehicles and those vehicles fled,” he stated. “There were at least two other cars in the parking lot that had fled prior to the officers’ arrival.”

In addition, he provided the following information from the highlight:

- No name of the bus company was listed.

- Officers didn’t document the actual name in their report.

- Driver out of the City [San Francisco].

- The majority of people were from S.F. Some were from Vallejo.

- There were 40-50 people on the bus.

- Twelve people were arrested, ages 16-21. Officers didn’t include the names of the adults arrested in their report. Just wrote “too many to list.”

- Five guns were seized that were on the bus.

We have the guns in evidence,” McMurry said.

- A total of 10 police officers and one CSO responded.

They were cited and released at the scene with a court date to appear on various dates, based on whether they were adults or juveniles,” he shared. “The court dates are all for Superior Court in Pittsburg, except for juveniles who would most likely have to appear in juvenile court in Martinez.”

- One of the people had an outstanding arrest warrant.

When asked why that person was released, McMurry said, “they would have been released based on instructions in the warrant.”

The Antioch Police Department has a copy of all the citations with all the names of those arrested.

“Those would have been turned in with the police reports,” he added.

A request will be made to the police department on Monday, for the names of the adults arrested and the name of the bus company.

Click here to view the video of the incident that was posted by Casey Downey on his Facebook page. While he was not at Safeway at the time, the video was provided to him by someone who was, but wishes to remain anonymous.

The Night Manager at Safeway, Maria Lazzerini, was not able to speak to the media for this article and instead directed the Herald to speak with Safeway’s Public Affairs department. However, she did provide the following email she sent Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando on Sunday morning, June 14:

Chief Cantando,

My name is Maria Lazzerini and I am the night manager at the Deer Valley Safeway. I just wanted to take a few minutes to share some feedback from the incident that occurred on Friday June 12th with the party bus that caused a big ordeal.

First off, I commend your 911 dispatcher for her professionalism during the call. I know that it was a stressful situation on our part and she handled it awesome. Second, I want to share that in our time of need, your departments response time was phenomenal. In a time that I know your department is short staffed, your response was fast.

Lastly, I want to personally thank every single officer that came out to the scene. I don’t remember every single one but the following stuck out, Officer D. Hopwood, Officer J. Jeoung, Officer Chang, Officer Meads, your K-9 Officer and all of the other people there. I know that I was definitely stressed and shaken up over the whole situation but the officers were extremely professional and handled the situation the best that they could. Dealing with such a loud and obnoxious crowd of 50 kids was not easy, but they made it seem carefree. They took the time to fully investigate the situation and look at all the video surveillance to help determine all the culprits in this situation. Very time consuming but they never hesitated one bit.

I have worked at this Safeway store for almost 10 years and have had to call your department quite a bit. I have always found your officers to be extremely awesome, very approachable and never hesitant to give that helping hand. In closing, you should be a very proud Chief to have a great group of officers. You may not have the full force you need, but the force you have is a strong and great group of men and women.From myself and my crew at Antioch Safeway, I want to thank you again for everything you guys did the other night.

Sincerely, Maria Lazzerini Night Manager-Safeway #1259

Check back later as more details are made known.

Antioch Herald Writer Luke Johnson contributed to this report.

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Pittsburg man arrested after stealing Antioch retirement home bus, wrong-way freeway chase, collisions, Tuesday

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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The stolen Quail Lodge bus was recovered, facing eastbound on the side of the westbound lanes of Highway 4 in Pittsburg, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. photo courtesy of Antioch Police

By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at approximately 10:11 AM, the Antioch Police Department took a report from the Quail Lodge Retirement Home that their transport bus had been stolen. The bus driver reported that he had stopped at the Safeway store at 3365 Deer Valley Road to pick up some Quail Lodge Residents. As the driver went inside the Safeway to get the residents, he left the bus running to keep it cool inside. While inside, the bus was stolen.

At approximately 1:50 PM a citizen called Antioch Police and advised they saw the bus getting on Highway 4 westbound from Sand Creek Road in Brentwood. Antioch Officers intercepted the bus traveling westbound Highway 4 at A Street and attempted a traffic stop, but the bus did not yield to the officers. A pursuit ensued at a high rate of speed continuing westbound to the Loveridge Road exit in Pittsburg where the bus started to exit, but then turned around. With the bus now traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 4 the officers discontinued the pursuit.

Cameron Alexander Pittsburg man arrested after stealing Antioch retirement home bus, wrong way freeway chase, collisions, Tuesday

Cameron Alexander

The bus traveling the wrong way collided with three vehicles to include a semi-truck and a school bus carrying approximately 50 students. There were no injuries as a result of any of the collisions. The driver of the stolen bus then abandoned the vehicle and ran north, jumping the fence into the Honda car dealership on Century Court.

Officers responded to the dealership where, with the help of a police K9, they located 27-year old Pittsburg resident, Cameron Alexander hiding behind a vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Contra Costa County Jail for Auto Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Felony Evading, Reckless Driving, Driving Under the Influence, Driving on a Suspended License and a Probation Violation.

This case will be filed with the DA’s Office later this week. No further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective 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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