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*Jan 21, Danville Police Update, Killing Of Teenagers Not A Random Act

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*Jan 21, Danville Principal Offers Support After Murders Of High School Senior
*Jan 21, Brisbane Police Release Description Of Suspect In Highway Shooting
*Jan 21, San Mateo Task Force Says 3 Stores Caught Selling Alcohol To Minors
*Jan 21, Santa Rosa, 59 Years To Life For Kidnapping,Rape,Attempted Murder
*Jan 21,Men Arrested In Water Company Ruse Could Be Connected To Similar Crimes

Jan 21, 2009 DANVILLE: UPDATE: POLICE: KILLING OF TEENAGER NOT A RANDOM ACT

A 17-year-old Danville boy died this morning after being shot on his family’s front porch last night, according to Danville police Chief Chris Wenzel.Wenzel declined to comment on a motive for the shooting death of Rylan Fuchs, but said police believe the people who killed Fuchs knew him. “We are confident that this was not a random act,” he said during a news conference in front of the Police Department.Fuchs was a senior at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville and was scheduled to graduate in June, according to San Ramon Valley Unified School District spokesman Terry Koehne. Wenzel said police received a 911 call around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday that there was a single gunshot at the home of Fuchs’ family in the 1000 block of El Capitan Drive.He said Fuchs was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was pronounced dead at 5:20 a.m. today. The chief said an autopsy hasn’t been completed, but it appears that Fuchs died from a gunshot wound to his throat.Wenzel said 10 detectives from the Danville Police Department and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case.He said the incident is Danville’s first homicide since January 2007 and the town didn’t have any homicides in 2008. “This is a relatively safe community and violent crime is almost nonexistent,” he said. Koehne said crisis counselors are on the high school campus today to comfort students.  “The kids are obviously emotional,” he said. Koehne said Fuchs “was relatively quiet yet was well-known on campus.”

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Jan 21, 2009 DANVILLE: UPDATE: PRINCIPAL OFFERS SUPPORT AFTER MURDER OF HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR

The principal of a high school attended by a 17-year-old boy fatally shot in front of his Danville home Tuesday night sent a letter to the community today offering support.Rylan Fuchs, a senior at San Ramon Valley High School, died early this morning after being shot once in the neck while on his front porch Tuesday, Danville police Chief Chris Wenzel said. A motive for the killing has not been released, but authorities believe the shooter knew Fuchs, Wenzel said. Fuchs was scheduled to graduate in June, according to San Ramon Valley Unified School District spokesman Terry Koehne.  “Our deepest condolences are with Rylan’s family and friends during this sad time,” Principal Joseph Ianora said in the letter.Grief counselors and school psychologists were at the campus today and will return Thursday to talk to any students, parents or faculty in need, according to Ianora. “Students are understandably emotional,” Ianora said. “Our teachers and counselors will continue to keep close tabs on them as they begin to deal with their grief.”Police received a 911 call around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday that there was a single gunshot at the home of Fuchs’ family in the 1000 block of El Capitan Drive, Wenzel said.Fuchs was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was pronounced dead at 5:20 a.m. today, according to Wenzel. An autopsy hasn’t been completed, but it appears Fuchs died from a gunshot wound to his throat.Investigators planned to meet this afternoon to discuss any new developments in the shooting.The homicide was Danville’s first in two years, according to Wenzel.

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Jan 21, 2009 BRISBANE POLICE RELEASE DESCRIPTION OF SUSPECT IN HIGHWAY SHOOTING

Police in Brisbane have released a description of the driver of a vehicle involved in what appears to be a road rage shooting on U.S. Highway 101 early Monday.The suspect is described as an Asian female, 20- to 25-years-old with a small-to-medium build, and straight blonde hair that was cut long on the right side and short on the left and worn less than shoulder length, according to the Brisbane Police Department. There were at least two other suspects in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, police said.The incident began in San Francisco at about 2:30 a.m. when the victims, four men between 25 and 30 years old, were driving southbound on Highway 101 near Duboce Avenue and got into an altercation with the occupants of another vehicle, police Sgt. Robert Meisner said.The alleged altercation continued on Highway 101 into the city of Brisbane, where the suspects’ vehicle pulled up alongside the victims’ vehicle and someone fired at least six rounds into the car, possibly with a 9mm handgun.The driver and two passengers were struck, Meisner said.Despite his injuries, the driver was able to pull to the side of the road, where someone in the car called for help.The victims did not know the suspect and police were not sure what started the altercation.The suspects’ vehicle has been described as a white 2005 or 2006 Toyota Corolla with tinted windows, Meisner said. Highway 101 was closed for more than two hours while police investigated the shooting, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Jan 21, 2009 SAN MATEO CO: TASK FORCE SAYS 3 STORES CAUGHT SELLING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

A San Mateo County law enforcement sting meant to monitor the sale of alcohol to minors has resulted in arrests at three liquor stores.Officers from the COAST<21 Task Force conducted a minor decoy
operation on Jan 16, in which three out of thirteen liquor store employees in Colma, Daly City, South San Francisco and Pacifica were caught selling alcohol to an police decoy, and will now face criminal prosecution, according to the Pacifica Police Department.The arrests were made at Hillside Market in Colma, Westlake Liquors and Golden 7 Stop & Shop, both in Daly City. These businesses will now face administrative action by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, according to police.The COAST>21 Task Force is comprised of 10 northern San Mateo County police agencies, and the Jan. 16 operation was funded by a 2008-2009 grant to the Pacifica Police Department by the ABC.

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Jan 21, 2009 SANTA ROSA: 59 YEARS TO LIFE FOR KIDNAPPING, RAPE, ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Santa Rosa man was sentenced to 59 years to life in prison this morning in Sonoma County Superior Court for kidnapping a woman and her 20-month-old son from a supermarket parking lot and raping the woman while the boy was still in the back seat of her vehicle.In a prepared statement read by a victim’s advocate, the 29-year-old victim identified as Jane Doe told Judge Kenneth Gnoss she “feels like a character in a horror movie” and she thought she was going to die. “He raped me while my son was playing with my hair in the back seat,” Doe said.”My body survived but a part of me died that night,” she said. “I am not the same person.”Aristotle Quadra, 31, was convicted of nine felony counts Nov. 20, including forcible rape, attempted murder with malice and premeditation, assault causing great bodily injury, child endangerment and false imprisonment. He forced the woman into her car as she was loading groceries in the parking lot of a Safeway store in Bennett Valley then made her drive to a secluded area on Montgomery Drive on Feb. 7.After binding her hands and raping her in the front seat of her car, he paused briefly, adjusted his clothes, said, “Oh, f— it”, then stabbed her 14 times with an ice pick in the neck, torso and abdomen as her son screamed in the back seat. Doe told the court she feared for her life and her son’s and fought back. Quadra fled the vehicle and Doe and her son ran to a nearby convalescent home. Quadra was arrested three days later. He stabbed himself in the stomach with a sword when police entered his Mayette Avenue residence. Police found the modified handcuffs in his home that he used to bind Doe’s hands behind her back before he raped her.The horrific events that night led to the breakup of her family and the only positive in her life is that she and her son are alive, Doe said in her statement. She called Quadra “a coward” and “a rapist and a murderer who just failed to kill me.” Doe’s parents said the call from police that night was “a parents’ and grandparents’ worst nightmare.” Their grandson likely will have flashback images he does not understand and may need therapy, they told the court. Deputy District Attorney Tashawn Sanders said she is pleased Quadra received the maximum sentence. Deputy Public Defender Barry Collins told the jury during his closing statement at the trial that Quadra committed the offenses, but the attempted murder was not premeditated. He also said the injuries from the ice pick were not life threatening and that doctors said Doe would have survived even if she was not hospitalized but took antibiotics for her injuries.One of the ice pick punctures penetrated Doe’s liver and into her kidney.Although the jury did not hear any evidence about it, Collins said Quadra had been taking methamphetamine for three days before the incident because he had been fired from his job. Collins said Quadra will not be eligible forparole until he is in his 80s.

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Jan 21, 2009 SAN JOSE MEN ARRESTED IN WATER COMPANY RUSE COULD BE CONNECTED TO SIMILAR CRIMES

Three men accused of posing as Santa Clara County Water Company employees in an attempt to steal from elderly Santa Clara residents may be connected to similar crimes carried out in San Jose, Deputy District Attorney Cherie Bourlard said today. Santa Clara police arrested Tommy John, 41, Barney Mendes, 35, and Nicky Garcia, 18, also known as 24-year-old David Marino, after an elderly woman suspected the ruse and called the water company.The alleged scam was carried out Jan. 12, when John knocked on the door of an elderly couple’s home and said he needed to check pipes in the backyard, according to the district attorney’s office.The older man took John and Mendes to the backyard, and Garcia entered the house.Garcia was not aware that the elderly woman was inside the house, and told her he needed to check the kitchen sink when she confronted him, Bourlard said.Garcia apparently told the woman to bang on the pipes as part of
the ruse.”In the middle of that she realized, you know what, this is a hoax,” Bourlard said.The woman decided to call the water company and confronted Mendes, who motioned to his alleged accomplices before they fled in a pickup truck.Police responded after a neighbor called 911, but Mendes allegedly evaded officers by running stop signs and speeding, the district attorney’s office reported.After briefly losing police, the men exited the truck, Bourlard said. Garcia allegedly attempted to hijack a taxicab, but police eventually caught up to and arrested all three suspects.The men were arrested on residential burglary charges and attempted theft of $400 or more from an elder, Bourlard said. The residential burglary charges apply because the law only requires that the men had the intent of committing a felony before entering and allows accomplices to be charged.Bourlard said San Jose police reported 26 or 27 similar water company ruses about a year and a half ago. One man was prosecuted in connection with at least one of the crimes about a year ago, and investigators now believe John, Mendes and Garcia could be connected.”We feel this new crew might be responsible for more of these burglaries or even these attempted burglaries,” Bourlard said. Bourlard said she hopes elderly residents know to call 911 if a stranger appears at the door.”Hopefully from our outreach presentations our elders are a little more wise,” she said.John, Mendes and Garcia are scheduled to enter pleas in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.

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