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Antioch Police Department’s canine unit is fully staffed

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Antioch Police Department Canine Unit. photo courtesy of APD

Antioch Police Department Canine Unit. photo courtesy of APD

By Chief Allan Cantando

Please allow me to introduce your current, fully staffed Antioch Police Department canine unit. From left to right: Officer Ramirez and his partner Enzo, Officer McDonald and his partner Leroy, Officer Bledsoe and his partner Danto, Officer Harger and his partner Donna, Officer White and his partner Copper, and Officer Fachner and his partner Kane.

These phenomenal teams augment our Community Policing Bureau, with one team assigned to each patrol shift. They are trained in searching, article detection, apprehension, and narcotics. We are proud of our canine unit and hope that you are too!

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Richmond man dies in single car accident in Antioch, early Thursday morning

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

By Sgt. Rick Martin #3343, Antioch Police Department

On Thursday April 7, 2016, at approx. 2:54 a.m., Antioch Police Officers responded to the intersection of Hillcrest Avenue and Sterling Hill Drive on a report of a solo vehicle collision. Upon arrival, Officers located a vehicle that had collided into a tree in the center median. The 26-year-old male driver from Richmond and sole occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation indicates speed to be a factor in the collision. It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs were involved.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441 or Traffic Officer Eric Johnsen at 925-779-6900 ext. 84265. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch Police seek suspect in shooting of pregnant teen, March 27

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

By Corporal Powell Meads, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On March 27th, 2016 at approximately 9:42 pm, officers in the Sycamore Drive area of Antioch heard numerous gunshots. APD dispatch then began receiving numerous 911 calls about a shooting on Spanos Street where a pregnant female had possibly been shot in the back. Officers arrived in the 2200 Block of Spanos Street and encountered a large gathering. The large group was not cooperative with the investigation and hostile towards the police officers. Additional police officers, including officers from Brentwood PD and Pittsburg PD, were called to the scene to assist. Once the scene was secure, the pregnant female was not located and officers did not locate any other injured persons.

The female victim, an 18-year-old Antioch resident, showed up at a local hospital a short time later with a gunshot wound to her back. It was determined that she was struck by a bullet fragment from a ricochet and her injuries were minor. Officers on scene determined that an unknown male opened fire on the gathering and fled on foot.

This case is still under investigation and officers are following up on suspect information. Anyone who has any information or may have witnessed this incident is encouraged to contact the Antioch Police Department at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Two men, one teen arrested for armed robbery spree in Antioch and Brentwood

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Robbery spree suspectsBy Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Friday, March 11, 2016 at approximately 9:15 p.m., two males armed with handguns entered the Subway sandwich shop at the Streets of Brentwood and pointed guns at the employees and robbed the store of money from the cash register.

Shortly after the robbery in Brentwood, Antioch Police were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at the Little Caesars Pizza at 4819 Lone Tree Way. Just as the robbery in Brentwood, two males armed with handguns entered the business and pointed guns at the employees and robbed the business of money from the cash register. The two agencies shared information and determined that it was most likely the same people who committed both robberies.

On Saturday, March 12, Brentwood PD was able to obtain video of the two responsible of these

robberies, getting out of a vehicle at the Streets of Brentwood just prior to committing the first robbery. They were able to capture a license plate. That vehicle was determined to be registered to an address in Antioch. From there, Detectives from Antioch and Brentwood police departments began the laborious task of working to identify those responsible for these crimes.

On Saturday, March 19 at 2103 hours a lone gunman entered the Subway sandwich shop at 3020

Delta Fair Blvd. in Antioch and pointed a gun at the employees and robbed the store of money from the register. He fled prior to police being called and was not apprehended at the time. The gunman matched the description of one of the responsibles from the previous robberies.

Detectives had developed information on a 15-year-old male from Antioch as a possible suspect and subsequently arrested him on Auto Center Drive near Mahogany Way on the afternoon of Monday, March 21. The juvenile was booked into Juvenile Hall for Robbery and Conspiracy for the Brentwood and Antioch robberies on March 11. The juvenile was found to be in possession of a replica firearm at the time of his arrest.

On Wednesday, March 23 at 10:05 p.m. Antioch Police responded to yet another robbery. This one occurred at the Pizza Hut on Contra Loma Blvd. Just as in the Subway robbery on Delta Fair Blvd., the lone gunman entered the Pizza Hut and pointed the gun at an employee and robbed the business of money from the register. He fled prior to police being called and was not apprehended at the time. Again, the gunman matched the description of one of the responsibles from the previous robberies.

By Thursday, March 24 Antioch and Brentwood Detectives working together had identified 20-year-old Jonathan Sokoya of Stockton as the outstanding suspect that had robbed the Subway at the Streets of Brentwood and the Little Caesars in Antioch on March 11, as well as committing the additional two robberies in Antioch on March 19 and 23.

On March 24, armed with an arrest warrant, Antioch Police Detectives were able to apprehend Sokoya in Stockton without incident as he was being picked up in a car near his residence. Sokoya was in possession of a replica firearm at the time of his arrest, as well. Also in the car was 21-year-old Nicholas McBride of Antioch. McBride was determined to be the driver during some of these robberies and was taken into custody, as well.

Following the arrests, Antioch Detectives served a search warrant on Sokoya’s residence on Ian Ct. in Stockton where additional evidence of the robberies was recovered. Both were booked on conspiracy, accessory and robbery charges.

These cases have been presented to the Office of the District Attorney. The Office of the District Attorney is in the process of filing a myriad of charges including Robbery, Conspiracy and Accessory accordingly. Detectives are still reviewing the actions of this crew to determine if there are any other crimes that they are associated with. No further information will be released at this time.

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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Antioch adds two new police officers, during Monday ceremony

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
New Antioch Police Officers German Blanco, left and Chris Motle, with Chief Allan Cantando following their oath of office ceremony, Monday, March 21. photo by APD

New Antioch Police Officers German Blanco, left and Chris Motl, with Chief Allan Cantando following their oath of office ceremony, Monday, March 21. photo by APD

On Monday, during a ceremony at the Antioch Police Facility, two new police officers were added to the force, Antioch resident Chris Motl and Hayward native German Blanco.

Chief Allan Cantando shared the following information about each of the new officers:

Officer Chris Motl grew up in Antioch, California and was an Explorer for the Antioch Police Department from 2005-2009.  During high school Chris played water polo, was on the swim team and wrestled. He graduated from Antioch High School in 2006.

He joined the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Machine Gunner and served one tour in Ramadi, Iraq. While in Iraq, Chris drove an MRAP and received an award for driving on missions for other squads as well as his own. He obtained an Associate of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from American River College. He is excited to begin his career as an Antioch Police Officer and contribute to bettering the community that he grew up in.

Chris likes to surf, hike, and practice martial arts during his free time.

Funny Fact – When Chris was an Explorer for Antioch PD he got to tour San Quentin Prison. At lunch they served the same food that the prisoners ate and he was the only one in the group to eat the bologna sandwich provided by the prison. During the tour Chris received numerous cat calls from inmates due to his “model” looks.

Officer German Blanco was born in Hayward, California and was raised in Modesto. He graduated from Grace M. Davis High School in 2008 where he played basketball all four years. He was the team leading scorer as well as Team MVP, Conference MVP, 1st team All District, and an All-state nominee. He continued playing basketball for Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. German also played basketball at Columbia College in Sonora, California where he led his team in scoring as well. While in College, German studied General Education and Criminal Justice.

Prior to getting hired with the Antioch Police Department, German was a Correctional Officer with the Napa County Department of Corrections for nearly two years. He gained invaluable law enforcement experience while working in custody. German completed the 179th basic police academy at the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Law Enforcement Training Center in March, 2016.  German has been with his fiancée, Vanessa for seven years and they are tying the knot this year in Pacifica, California. (German chose to write that about his fiancée because he did not want her to get mad if he didn’t include her.)

Blanco enjoys anything fitness related and he is a regular at his gym where he trains four to six days a week. However, he loves food to the point where everyone who knows him well calls him the human garbage disposal. German and his fiancée enjoy going on cruises together and he proposed to Vanessa on a cruise.

Funny Fact – German’s mother has a nickname she has called him since he was a toddler and still does until this day. She calls him Peanut head because she thinks his head is small and German kind of agrees.

Their addition brings the total to 94 sworn police officers in the department.

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Antioch Police investigate suspicious death of Pittsburg woman found in car trunk, Friday

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

By Acting Lieutenant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Friday, March 18, 2016 at 4:22 p.m. Antioch Police were dispatched to the 2200 block of Belle Court after a man called police and said he had discovered his ex-wife, Cheryl White, age 50 of Pittsburg, deceased in the trunk of his car. Officers responded and confirmed this to be the case. The car was a green, 1992 Toyota Camry.

Due to the suspicious nature of the death, investigators were called in to take over the investigation. The man reporting this stayed on scene and was cooperative. He was brought to APD and interviewed.

According to him, he originally left her to sleep in the passenger compartment at about 3:00 a.m. after they had used some drugs together. He knew White had moved to the trunk to sleep as he had checked on her at about 12:30 p.m. and she was then in the trunk of the car. She was fine at that time, but wanted to continue to sleep so he left her alone. He told investigators she had done this (slept in the trunk) on occasions in the past and that she likes to sleep in there because she felt safe and won’t get harassed.

There were no immediate signs of foul play visible on White and her ex-husband was not arrested. An autopsy performed Monday (3/21/16) did not reveal any obvious cause of death. Further testing is being done in an attempt to determine the cause. Those results could take weeks, at the least. Once all reports are in, this case will be sent to the Office of the District Attorney for review.

No other information will be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Antioch Police Detective Dee at (925) 779-6884. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch Police promote four to new positions

Sunday, March 20th, 2016
The Antioch Police Department recently promoted the following personnel (Left to Right): Corporal Gary Lowther, Lieutenant Trevor Schnitzius, (Chief Allan Cantando), Sergeant Rick Martin, and Lead Dispatcher Korina Meads. photo courtesy of APD

Chief Allan Cantando, center, with the four Antioch Police Department employees promoted in February. (Left to Right) Corporal Gary Lowther, Lieutenant Trevor Schnitzius, (Chief Cantando), Sergeant Rick Martin, and Lead Dispatcher Korina Meads. photo courtesy of APD

By Allen Payton

During a ceremony on February 24th, the Antioch Police Department promoted four of their own to new positions. Following are the four with their new positions, with information provided by the APD:

Lieutenant Trevor Schnitzius graduated from Cal State Sacramento in 1997. He attended the Criminal Justice Training Center Police Academy, where Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando was his RTO. In May, 1998, Schnitzius was hired as a Police Officer with the APD. Throughout his employment he has worked a variety of assignments, including Driving Instructor, CPR/First Aid Training Instructor, Sexual Assault/ChildAbuse/Sex Offender/Missing Person Detective, Property Crimes Detective, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Department Armorer and Explorer Advisor.

Lt. Schnitzius was promoted to Polie Corporal in July, 208 and to Police Sergeant in September, 2012.

He has been married to his wife Leah for 16 years and they have two sons.

Sergeant Richard “Rick” Martin graduated from the Los Medanos Police Academy in 1996. In 1996 he was hired by the San Rafael Police Department and worked there until 2001. While working for the San Rafael PD, Martin worked a variety of assignments including patrol, Field Training Officer, narcotics, was a Detective and a member of SWAT.

He was hired by the APD in 2001 and assigned as a patrol officer and Field Training Officer. Martin returned to the San Rafael PD and worked there from 2002 to 2005. He came back to APD in 2005 and has been here, since, working in patrol and the traffic division.

In January, 2015 Martin was promoted to Corporal working in patrol.

In March, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management.

Martin has been married for 19 years and has two sons, one graduating high school, this year.

Corporal Gary Lowther was born and raised in Union City, California and graduated from James Logan High School in 1999. After high school he attended Ohlone College in Fremont and subsequently earned an NCAA Division 1 baseball scholarship to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in 2001. While at Old Dominion, Lowther met his wife Carinda, who was a meber of the university swim team. He graduated in 2004 with a B.S. degree in Communications.

Lowther returned to California in July, 2004 and worked for a Budweiser distribution company while searching for a career in law enforcement. He was hired by the APD in 2005, who sponsored him through the 130th Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Basic Police Academy. While in the academy, Lowther was fortunate enough to be allowed a half day off to get married. He has been married for 10 years and has two boys.

He was sworn in as an Antioch Police Officer in January, 2006. In 2008, Lowther was appointed to the SWAT and has been a member since. He was appointed to the sniper team in 2010.

Lowther has worked as a Field Training Officer and was transferred to the Investigation Bureau in 2013, where he was responsible for investigations pertaining to AB 109 and Post Release Community Supervision. He spent the last 18 months with the Investigations Bureau as a Narcotics Detective. In 2015, Lowther was appointed as a Firearms Instructor.

Lead Police Dispatcher Korina Meads was hired by the APD as an entry-level Police Dispatcher in July, 2005. She was a Communications Training Officer in January, 2013. Meads worked as an acting Lead Police Dispatcher prior to being selected as Lead Dispatcher. In February of this year, she was appointed as a SWAT Technical Dispatcher.

Meads has been together with Powell Meads for 10 years and they have been married for two-and-a-half years. They have three children.

Congratulations to these four police personnel on their promotions.

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Teenager shot in Antioch, Thursday night, police investigation continues Friday night

Friday, March 18th, 2016

By Sergeant Rick Smith, Antioch Police Community Policing Bureau

On Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 8:03 p.m., Antioch Police Officers and Medical Personnel responded to the area of Banyan Way for the report of a subject who had just been shot. Officers arrived on scene and found a single teenage victim suffering from a gunshot wound. He was alert and awake and transported to an area hospital for treatment.

No further information will be released at this time.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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