*Pleasanton Ca Motel 6 Robbed At Gunpoint

Published by on December 5, 2008

Dec 14, 2008 PLEASANTON: MOTEL 6 ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

MOTEL ROBBERY

Pleasanton police are searching for a man who robbed a motel at gunpoint Saturday evening.The robbery was reported at about 5 p.m. at the Motel 6 Pleasanton at 5102 Hopyard Rd., according to police. A suspect allegedly entered the hotel and pointed a handgun at the reception clerk demanding money, police said. The suspect reportedly walked out of the hotel lobby where he was confronted by the motel manager. Pointing a silver semi-automatic handgun at the manager, the suspect demanded his cell phone and ran west through the parking lot with an undisclosed amount of money, discarding the phone as he fled the scene, according to police.The suspect is described as a black man in his early 20s, about 6 feet 4 inches tall, with black hair and dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a black hat, black top and blue jeans.

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Dec 13, 2008 GILROY CA ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECTS ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE

An 18-year-old man and 17-year-old boy were arrested for attempted murder early this morning after a high-speed pursuit that started in Gilroy and ended about 20 miles away in their home town of Hollister, according to Gilroy police.The incident began at about 11:45 p.m. Friday when police received several calls of gunshots heard in the area of Sagewood Court in northwest Gilroy. An officer a few blocks away was conducting a traffic stop when he saw a Volkswagen Passat drive by without its lights on, police said.The officer alerted another officer, who tried to pull over the vehicle. However, the vehicle failed to stop and tried to flee at speeds of more than 120 mph, according to police.During the pursuit, staff from the St. Louise Hospital in Gilroy told police that a shooting victim had arrived there to seek treatment for his wounds, which are not considered life threatening. The victim was later released. As the pursuit left Gilroy and entered San Benito County, the occupants of the suspect vehicle discarded a gun that was later recovered by Gilroy police.The pursuit, which endangered the lives of numerous other motorists and pedestrians, was ended with assistance of deputies from the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department when the two suspects were arrested in Hollister.The suspects were taken back to Gilroy by police, whose investigation revealed that the suspects arrived at a party in the area of Sagewood Court where the 18-year-old, Roberto Martinez, allegedly drew his weapon and fired shots at the victim. Some of the attendees at the party, as well as the suspects, are believed to be criminal street gang members or associates,according to police. Martinez, as well as the juvenile suspect, face charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and felony evading police officers.

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Dec 12, 2008 BODY OF WOMAN FOUND OUTSIDE PLANNED PARENTHOOD
IDENTIFIED

The Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office today identified a body found outside a San Jose Planned Parenthood facility Thursday morning as 35-year-old Corrina Louise Fuerte Officers received a call around 6:30 a.m. reporting a body lying outside the front doors of the clinic at 3131 Alum Rock Ave., Officer Jermaine Thomas said.Fuerte, a San Jose resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.Officer Enrique Garcia said today police are not investigating the case as a homicide and there are no obvious signs of foul play.Police said Fuerte’s death is not connected to Planned Parenthood.

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Dec 12, 2008  CONVICTED BURGLAR DENIES RAPING, KILLING WOMAN IN
1991
-HOMICIDE COLD CASE

A Richmond man arrested Tuesday for the rape and fatal stabbing of a woman in her home in San Francisco nearly 18 years ago pleaded not guilty to the charges today in San Francisco Superior Court. Otis Hughes, 56, is accused of sexually assaulting and killing 38-year-old Karen Wong inside her residence in the 400 block of 47th Avenue in the city’s Richmond District, according to authorities. On Feb. 27, 1991, after they had not heard from her for a couple of days, Wong’s boyfriend and brother went to the home and discovered her body, which had been hogtied, according to prosecutors. Hughes, who was released from prison in October after serving a 17-year sentence for residential burglaries in San Francisco, was arrested Tuesday evening at his Hilltop Drive home in the city of Richmond, after investigators were able to link his DNA with evidence found at the scene of the crime, prosecutors said.In addition to murder and rape charges, Hughes is facing a special circumstances allegation of murder committed during the course of a rape, prosecutors said. He is being held on $2 million bail and is scheduled to return to court Jan. 9 to set a date for his preliminary hearing in the case.

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Dec 12, 2008 BODY FOUND IN PARK AFTER POLICE RECEIVE
REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED

Union City police today are investigating the death of a man in his 30s who was found in the area of Kennedy Park Thursday night. Police received a report of gunshots coming from the area of the park, and arriving officers found a man laying in the grass near Twelfth Street and Decoto Road, according to police.The victim was not breathing and did not have a pulse, and was pronounced dead at the scene. However, although he had an injury to the head, there were no obvious signs of a gunshot wound, police said.An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death, and the identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin by the Alameda County coroner’s bureau, according to police. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact
the Union City Police Department at (510) 471-1365.

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Dec 11, 2008 MONTEREY CO: MAN SENTENCED FOR ATTACKING DAY LABORER

Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced today that a 28-year-old man was sentenced to four years in state prison for attacking a day laborer in 2007. Glenn Blevins, a transient who frequented the Monterey area, pleaded no contest to assault after picking up a day laborer in August 2007, taking him to an abandoned building near Fort Ord and kicking and punching him without provocation, according to the district attorney’s office. Blevins was arrested by Marina police on August 13, 2007, when he was involved in a road rage incident and admitted to being involved in the attack near Fort Ord, according to Flippo.

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Dec 11, 2008 OAKLAND: SUSPECT CONVICTED OF MURDERING MAN WHO
TOUCHED HIM

An Oakland man has been convicted of first-degree murder for shooting to death another man he claimed had touched him in a sexually suggestive manner. Late Tuesday, after two days of deliberations, jurors announced their verdict against 25-year-old Bruce Shaw for the April 6, 2006, shooting death of 27-year-old Sirron Croskey in the 100 block of Catron Drive near Sobrante Park.Jurors also convicted Shaw of using a gun to kill Croskey, so Shaw faces a state prison term of 50 years to life when he’s sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Joan Cartwright on Feb. 11. Shaw’s attorney, Andrea Auer, told jurors in her closing argument last week that she believes Shaw shot Croskey in a homosexual panic, stating that Shaw “flipped out” after Croskey touched Shaw in what he thought was a sexually suggestive way. Auer said Shaw had been sexually molested when he was 3 years old and didn’t like it when Croskey, a paralegal who also was a member of a rap group, repeatedly touched him at the end of a long night in which the two men and some acquaintances had been drinking, taking drugs and planning robberies. Auer said Shaw’s history caused him to react violently, saying, “We wouldn’t be here if Bruce hadn’t been badly sexually abused as a kid.” The defense attorney said that because Shaw was provoked, she believed he should only be convicted of manslaughter, not murder. However, prosecutor Joni Leventis told jurors she believed that Shaw should be convicted of first-degree murder because he planned to kill Croskey and had time to reflect before he pulled the trigger, as there was a gap of 30 to 45 minutes between the time that Croskey touched Shaw and the time that Shaw shot Croskey Leventis said today that there’s no firm evidence that Shaw was molested when hew as a child, as the defense didn’t introduce any evidence to back up that assertion. She said the defense only put on testimony by a psychologist who said he thinks that Shaw was molested.The prosecutor admitted that Shaw was unhappy that Croskey had touched him, but she thinks Shaw may have had other motives for shooting Croskey, such as the fact that Croskey was driving a nice van and the possibility that he may have been carrying a lot of cash. Leventis said Shaw and Croskey didn’t know each other before the night of the shooting. She said they met through a mutual acquaintance whom they wound up hanging out with that night.

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Dec 10, 2008 CONTRA COSTA CO.: MALE ESCORT CHARGED WITH KILLING BAY POINT MAN, STEALING GOLD FLUTE

A Vallejo man was arraigned in Martinez today on charges that he murdered a man in his home in Bay Point, stole property, including a custom-made gold-plated flute, and then set the man’s house on fire, prosecutor Harold Jewett said today. Alejandro Rivera, a 23-year-old male escort, met the victim, 66-year-old Theodore Neff, on Craigslist and had a sexual relationship with him, Jewett said.The two men got into an argument on Dec. 3, during which Rivera allegedly strangled Neff. At some point after the murder, Rivera allegedly went back into Neff’s home at 542 Bustos Place in unincorporated Bay Point, stole property and allegedly set the house on fire, Jewett said. Firefighters pulled Neff from the burning building Dec. 3, but he was dead. An autopsy revealed that he had been strangled and that he was already dead when the fire was set. Rivera was charged Tuesday with murder, arson and burglary, Jewett said.He made his first appearance in court today, but did not enter a plea. He is scheduled to return to court Dec. 24 to be assigned an attorney and enter a plea. His bail was set at $1.3 million.Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Capt. Daniel Terry said that investigators got their first break in the case when a flute teacher told them that Neff owned several flutes, including a custom-made, gold-plated Nagahara flute that had been sold to him by a dealer in New York. The flute, which was worth $23,000, was missing from Neff’s residence, Terry said. Investigators contacted Nagahara flute dealers in New York and Boston.The Boston dealer later called detectives back and said they had received a call from someone who offered to sell them a gold-plated flute. They had told the caller they would pay $15,000 for the instrument, Terry said. Later that day, the dealer in New York called the sheriff’s office and said a man had called them as well, inquiring if they would buy a gold-plated flute. The man left a phone number, which had a 707 area code, Terry said. Investigators looked up the phone number and found that it belonged to Rivera, Terry said. Investigators also found that Rivera was allegedly a male escort who advertised his services on Craigslist, Terry said.When investigators initially contacted Rivera, he believed he was only being investigated in connection with his escort business, Terry said. Eventually, Rivera allegedly admitted that he had made an arrangement to meet Neff and had ultimately strangled him and set his house on fire, Terry said. He was placed under arrest Friday night. Investigators found several of Neff’s flutes in Rivera’s possession, including the gold-plated Nagahara, Terry said. According to Jewett, Rivera allegedly stole other items from Neff as well.Terry said investigators were not sure whether Rivera allegedly set Neff’s apartment on fire to cover up the homicide or to make sure Neff was dead.

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MAN CLAIMING TO BE ROT0-ROOTER PLUMBER
ATTEMPTS TO ENTER HOME

Police are reminding residents to be cautious when answering the door in the wake of a report that a man claiming to be a plumber attempted to enter a woman’s home in Morgan Hill Sunday night. Morgan Hill police said a resident in the area of La Crosse and La Alameda drives heard a knock on her front door at approximately 9 p.m. from a man claiming to be on a plumbing service call from Roto-Rooter. After noticing a white van in her driveway with the lights on, the woman told the suspect he had the wrong house, prompting him to leave,police said. Roto-Rooter reported that they had no service calls in the area at  that time and their only plain white van was still locked inside their service facility, police said. Anyone with information about this incident or other similar incidents is encouraged to call 1-800-9-caught

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