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Antioch police seek suspect in Friday credit union robbery

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

By Lieutenant D. Bittner #3252, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

At approximately 2:07 PM on Friday, April 7, 2017, Antioch Police Officers were dispatched to the Antioch Community Federal Credit Union located at 301 G Street on the report of a robbery. The suspect fled the scene on a bicycle just prior to the arrival of officers. Nobody was injured during the robbery and the take was cash.

The suspect was described by witnesses as being a black male adult wearing dark clothing. The suspect is pictured in the three attached photographs.

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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Drugs, stolen cars, trespassing among Antioch Police calls for March 23-29, 2017

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Following are the Antioch Police Department calls for service highlights as published in Acting City Manager Ron Bernal’s Weekly Report dated March 31, 2017 and provided by Chief of Police Allan Cantando.

Calls for Service Summary:

Time Period: 03/23/17 00:00:00 – 03/29/17 23:59:59
Number of Calls for Service: 1,615
Number of Case Reports: 296
Number of Arrests: 89
Felony: 36
Misdemeanor: 52
Infraction: 1
Arrests with DUI charge: 4

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

  • 3/29/17 at 10:31 am, officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Sunset Ln. on a report of an occupied stolen Nissan Altima. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located the vehicle occupied with 35 year old Carlos Morales in the driver’s seat along with 28 year old Ashlie Tappin and 28 year old Ryan Sullivan in the passenger seats. All the occupants were detained without incident. Tappin and Sullivan were later released on scene and Morales was sent to County Jail on auto theft charges.
  • 3/29/17 at 9:02 am, the Community Engagement Team assisted Antioch Code Enforcement with subjects trespassing on private property. Upon the officers’ arrival, they contacted 40 year old Peter King and 36 year old Richelle Becker who were inside a vehicle on the property. During a search of the vehicle, officers located a fraudulent driver’s license. The name on the fake CDL was, in fact, a real person who had been the victim of identity theft. The officers also located receipts and documents that showed King and Becker had used a credit card in the victim’s name and made charges on the card for several thousand dollars. Upon further search of the car, the officers located an ID card cutter, laminator, laminator sheets, and a lap top computer. Both King and Becker were transported to County Jail on identity theft related charges.
  • 3/28/17 at 8:36 pm, an officer was conducting an interview in the 600 block of Wilbur Ave. when 29 year old Emannuel Easter walked up to the person being interviewed and made inappropriate comments. Easter was not related to the case being investigated and continually delayed and disrupted the officer’s investigation with his belligerent behavior. Easter was placed under arrest for obstructing an officer’s investigation. During a search of his person, a concealed fixed blade knife was located in his pants pocket. Easter was arrested and transported to County Jail for obstruction and possessing a dirk or dagger.
  • 3/28/17 at 3:15 pm, an officer recognized 30 year old Blain Oksanen and 29 year old Ashley Hammond in a vehicle at W. 7th St. and A St. The officer knew Oksanen and Hammond were responsible for a residential burglary that occurred on 3/26/17 at a residence on Lipton St. Oksanen and Hammond admitted to being at the residence and were placed under arrest. They were both sent to County Jail.
  • 3/28/17 at 12:33 am, officers were dispatched to an auto burglary on Oso Grande Way. The victim interrupted 39 year old Victor Ayala burglarizing his vehicle of hand tools. Ayala fled on foot dropping his cell phone. Ayala’s cell phone was how officers were able to identify him. Officers went to Ayala’s residence and conducted a probation search. Ayala was arrested without incident and sent to County Jail for auto burglary and violation of probation.
  • 3/27/17 at 10:31 am, officers responded to Bridgehead Café located on E. 18th St. on a report of a subject that appeared to be passed out and slumped over in a gray Dodge Ram truck with no plates. Upon the officers’ arrival, they contacted 27 year old Brett Kroh who first gave a false name to the officers. Upon learning Kroh’s true name, it was discovered Kroh had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for auto theft. In addition to the warrant, Kroh showed to be on probation for vehicle theft. During a search of Kroh’s person, the officers located suspected methamphetamine and heroin. Officers also located gloves, window punches, and devices used to break auto glass. Upon checking the VIN on the Dodge pickup, the officers discovered the truck was a reported stolen vehicle out of Concord. Kroh was booked into County Jail on the outstanding warrant, auto theft, possession of burglary tools, narcotic violations and violation of probation.
  • 3/26/17 at 11:02 am, the victim called the police to report he located his stolen Honda Civic parked on Prewett Ranch Dr. and Mesa Ridge Dr. The victim watched his vehicle from down the street and waited for police to arrive. While waiting, 24 year old William Millard got into the driver’s seat, as 20 year old Phillip Morris and 39 year old Robert Williams got into the passenger seats. Millard then drove away as the victim followed at a distance. The victim provided updates to the officers who were able stop the vehicle in Deer Valley Plaza. All three occupants were detained without incident. Officers located numerous shaved keys within the vehicle. Millard was later transported to County Jail where he was booked on charges of auto theft and possession of burglary tools. Morris and Williams were released from the scene.
  • 3/26/17 at 10:58 am, an officer on routine patrol attempted to make a traffic enforcement stop on 27 year old Juan Herrera for vehicle code violations. Herrera failed to yield and fled from the officer. Herrera ran the red signal light on G St. at Fitzuren Rd. and collided into a motorist in the middle of the intersection. Herrera’s vehicle became disabled and he attempted to flee on foot. The officer was able to contact Herrera and arrested him without further incident. Herrera was on active CDC parole for assault with a firearm. Herrera was medically cleared and later booked into County Jail for evading and violation of parole.
  • 3/25/17 at 9:53 am, the manager of Skippolinis on Fitzuren Rd. arrived to work and found 25 year old Chad Salas attempting to break into the restaurant. The manager called police and gave a good description of Salas. Officers located Salas a few miles away and he was positively identified by the manager. Salas was placed under arrest and sent to County Jail for burglary.
  • 3/23/17 at 9:37 pm, officers were dispatched to the Dairy Queen, on E.18th St. for a traffic accident. Upon arrival, officers found that two vehicles were involved in a major collision. 26 year old Megan Meyer was intoxicated and her vehicle struck the 17 year old victim’s vehicle. A passenger in the victim vehicle sustained a serious injury to her leg and a two month old dog that was in the vehicle died. The injured passenger was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries. Meyer was uncooperative and belligerent. She was arrested after a brief struggle with officers. Meyer was sent to County Jail for felony DUI after being medically cleared.
  • 3/23/17 at 3:30 pm, an officer recognized 47 year old James Glittens panhandling on the Hwy 4 off-ramp at Auto Center Dr. Glittens has a history of chronic panhandling. Glittens was placed under arrest for his likelihood to continue. The officer also located suspected heroin in Glittens’ pocket after a search incident to arrest. Glittens was sent to County Jail for panhandling and possession of narcotics.
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Antioch woman crossing street struck by car, sustains major injuries, Monday night

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

By Corporal Gary Lowther #4032, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On April 3, 2017 at approximately 8:38 PM, Antioch Police dispatch received calls regarding a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Buchanan Road and Buchanan Crossings. A 46-year-old female Antioch resident was crossing Buchanan Road at the intersection of Buchanan Crossings against a red signal light when she was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on Buchanan Rd. The female was transported to an area hospital for major injuries to her lower extremities and is expected to survive. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. Alcohol or drug intoxication did not appear to be a factor in the collision.

This preliminary information is made available by the Field Services Bureau. Further inquiries into the status of this case should be done via the Media Access Telephone Line (925) 779-6874. If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Letter writer tired of Antioch crime, wants police to stop, question, and frisk

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Editor:

It would be so easy to say “here we go again”. But, no, I will not let my confidence in our city waiver. Events like shootings are sad, scary and vile. It is time for “Antioch Strong”. We need to pull together from the Delta to the South Hills. From the West hills to Highway 4.

I am not promoting a posse. But I am proposing a change in a way we approach these shootings. Larger cities than ours have found ways to combat these evils. We are not Chicago; we are a good community with some bad people. We are a city full of pride and are poised to take our streets back. We must do that. We must react to criminal behavior, report it quickly and advise police when things are just not right. Some of us do that. Now everyone must.

The act of prevention is the strongest deterrent to violence. Become proactive. It is not hard, even when peeking out your windows. The stop and frisk rule should be easier to implement than it is today. So that the power to stop, question, and frisk suspects, given reasonable circumstances, and to a standard that holds less than probable cause, the standard should be the standard of reasonable suspicion, a question of circumstances of each individual case and officers should determine whether reasonable detention and investigation is validated based upon knowledge of history and common sense.

I for one, want suspicious activity investigated stronger than it is today. Everyone has to pass through a metal detector before boarding an airplane, why not allow as much freedom to police on the street. I know many will feel that my view endorses an unreasonable use of power. But, is not ducking flying bullets in our town, being afraid of walking out at night very similar to the effects of war or terrorism?

I am wide open to alternatives like education, accountability, and other options. I would love to see a laundry list of options other than what I propose that can deter the violence. If I continue to write what is considered unpopular, and it sparks debate and keeps this issue in the forefront, then I am fine with my view.

I understand the position of the issue and the possible targeting those of color, and that is not what I am proposing at all. I am supporting that if the police drive by a known crack- house and they see a car parked out front, they should have a right to stop and ask those inside the car for ID. If they pass a known criminal, they should have the right to stop and question.

I am frustrated that within the last year there have been no less than five shootings, many robberies and a bunch more crimes within range of my home. I am with neighborhood watch, walk my streets, chased people for stealing (seeing me run is a funny sight) and I am just overwhelmed with all of this garbage.

What I propose is not the ideal or politically correct position, that I know. Education is the key. Giving safe options other than violence through engaging church, school, parents, and community in educating that a gun is to defend and not to attack is not working in my view. Any other ideas?

Frederick Rouse

Antioch

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Young man shot, killed in Antioch Sunday night

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

By Sergeant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Community Policing Bureau

On Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:40 PM Antioch Police were dispatched to the 700 block of K Street on the reports of shots being heard. As officers were responding, additional reports came in of a subject down. Upon arrival officers found a 23-year-old male suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Officers rendered aid until emergency medical services arrived and transported the male to an area hospital where he underwent surgery. Shortly after surgery the victim died as a result of his injuries.

This case is still under investigation. No further information will be released at this time. Anybody having information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Det. Gonzalez at (925) 779-6923. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch man shot outside bar, Sunday afternoon

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

By Corporal Matthew Koch, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm, Antioch Police officers were dispatched to Cruisers Saloon located at 1611 A Street on a report of male suffering from a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, it was discovered the responsible(s) fled the area prior to police arrival. The officers contacted a 37-year-old male Antioch resident who suffered from a single gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment where he was listed in stable condition. This incident is still under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

This preliminary information is made available by the Field Services Bureau. There will be no further information released regarding this case at this time.

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Shoplifting, trespassing, guns, auto theft among Antioch police calls for March 16-22, 2017

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Following are the Antioch Police Department calls for service highlights as published in Acting City Manager Ron Bernal’s Weekly Report dated March 24, 2017 and provided by Chief of Police Allan Cantando.

Calls for Service Summary:

Time Period: 03/16/17 00:00:00 – 03/22/17 23:59:59

Number of Calls for Service: 1,679

Number of Case Reports: 306

Number of Arrests: 78

Felony:  23

Misdemeanor:  55

Arrests with DUI charge:  0

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

  • 3/21/17 at 7:35 pm, officers were dispatched to a call of squatters in a vacant home on Filbert St. When they arrived, they were told by witnesses that the squatters had gotten into a red Toyota and drove it down the street to another address. The witnesses further saw the driver of the vehicle go into the house the car was now parked in front of. Officers found the vehicle and a DMV check found the vehicle had been stolen out of Pleasanton.  Contact was made at the residence with 35 year old Jennifer Prieto, 29 year old Ashley Hammond, and 31 year old Scott Rivera.  Prieto was identified as the person who drove the Toyota to that location.  Prieto was taken into custody without incident for auto theft and possession of stolen property and was transported to County Jail.
  • 3/21/17 at 5:22 pm, 51 year old Lamos Sturgis came to Antioch PD for his annual sex offender registration. The officer discovered Sturgis was two months past his required registration date. Sturgis was arrested for failing to register and was later sent to County Jail.
  • 3/20/17 at 5:40 pm, officers were dispatched to the Sears store on Somersville Rd. for 63 year old Pete Warren who had been caught shoplifting. Upon arrival, officers learned Warren had loaded a cart with $1,200 worth of power tools, clothing and perfume and placed the cart near an exit door. Warren went to the parking lot, pulled his truck up near the door, and then brought the cart outside to his truck where he was contacted and detained by store employees.  Warren was arrested without incident for burglary and grand theft and was booked into County Jail.
  • 3/20/17 at 12:52 pm, the Community Engagement Team (CET) returned to the BNSF property at the foot of F St. and located a total of 12 subjects who were there illegally. Any of the subjects who had been previously contacted there and advised to leave were arrested and transported to County Jail for likely to continue on the charge of trespassing on private property. The remaining subjects were issued citations and released at the scene.
  • 3/19/17 at 12:34 pm, an officer on routine patrol in the area of Auto Center Dr. and Mahogany Way located a Chevy Malibu driving northbound on Auto Center Dr. A check of the vehicle’s license plate showed the vehicle was stolen out of the City of Martinez during a carjacking. The officer followed the vehicle into Century Plaza in the City of Pittsburg while he waited for cover officers to arrive.  The driver, 22 year old Anastasia Atencio, sped off, and a pursuit ensued.  The officer pursued the vehicle westbound on Century Blvd.  The vehicle crashed into a street sign pole in the Winco parking lot in North Park Plaza.  Atencio was arrested without further incident.  Martinez PD was contacted and they responded to the scene and took custody of Atencio.  Pittsburg PD also responded and took the collision report.
  • 3/18/17 at 8:30 pm, officers were dispatched to a home on Lincoln Lane for a report of trespassing. Upon arrival, officers located 28 year old Emmanuel Rader trespassing in a shed. Rader was arrested without incident and sent to County Jail.
  • 3/18/17 at 8:45 am, an officer observed an older Honda in the area of the Holiday Lodge on W. 10th St. and saw the driver make attempts to avoid contact with the officer. The vehicle parked across from the Holiday Lodge and the rear passenger quickly walked away. He was later identified as 38 year old Lawrence Murphy. He was found to be in possession of .45 caliber ammunition. During a search of the Honda, officers located a stolen .45 caliber handgun under the passenger seat. Murphy was a convicted felon and arrested for possession of the gun and ammunition. He was booked into County Jail.
  • 3/17/17 at 3:48 pm, officers responded to the report of a subject passed out in City Park. Upon officers’ arrival, 39 year old Andrew Guillory was contacted in the grass near the playground. He was found to be heavily intoxicated and uncooperative when they woke him. Guillory was arrested for public intoxication and booked into County Jail.
  • 3/17/17 at 1:58 pm, a citizen called to report a subject at Jack’s Car Wash on Fitzuren Rd. with a firearm in his waistband. Officers responded and contacted 36 year old Keith Stevenson who was found to have a loaded handgun in his pocket. The gun had been reported stolen that same day in a residential burglary in Oakley. Stevenson was also a convicted felon. He was arrested and booked in the County Jail for possession of the stolen handgun.
  • 3/16/17 at 3:48 pm, an officer was on patrol when he saw 47 year old Michael Stevens driving near Garrow Dr. The officer knew that Stevens had a Parolee at Large warrant. The officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on Stevens’ vehicle and he was taken into custody. Stevens was booked into County Jail.
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Hundreds honor Police Chief Cantando at retirement ceremony, Thursday

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Chief Allan Cantando is presented with a clock by Argentina Luevano, former Councilwoman & Mayor Mary Rocha, and Angel Luevano, for his service to the Latino community of Antioch. Photo courtesy of Argentina Luevano

By John Crowder

Over 200 people, including community members, current and former political dignitaries, and police officers from around the Bay Area attended the retirement ceremony of Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando, on Thursday, March 30th.

Beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Antioch’s Lone Tree Golf and Event Center, Cantando, surrounded by family members, and with his father listening in though Skype, heard how much he had meant to the Antioch community.

Captain Tammany Brooks, now serving as Acting Chief after the man he described as his best friend leaves that post, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Brooks welcomed the crowd, then introduced the Antioch Police Color Guard, who presented the American and California flags for the pledge of allegiance.  Brooks then called on Reverend Robert Rien, of Antioch’s St. Ignatius Church, to give the invocation.

Rien, in an emotional talk that served as a prelude to many other acknowledgements of the impact that Cantando had during his almost 30 years of service to the City of Antioch, described how he had come to know Cantando over the last several years, and how close they had become.

Following Rien’s remarks, Retired Chief Mark Moczulski introduced Chief Cantando, who in turn introduced his family to those gathered for the event.

Representatives from California and State legislators, along with members of the community, then took turns honoring Cantando, and presenting him with letters of appreciation and gifts, thanking him for his service to the community. They included former Chief of Police Mark Moczulski, former City Manager Steve Duran, former Mayor Wade Harper, former Mayor and Councilwoman Mary Rocha, as well as former Police Crime Prevention Commission Chair Hans Ho, among others.

Chief Cantando, who will now begin a second career with Bank of America as Vice President and Regional Manager of Protective Services for the organization, closed the event with a final message.  In it, he thanked his family, friends, and his fellow police officers, emphasizing the dangers they face in their daily efforts to keep the public safe.

Cantando was the Chief of Police in Antioch for five-and-a-half years.

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