*San Jose Police Identify Man Who Died After Being Shocked By Taser

Published by on February 3, 2009

Feb 13, 2009 SAN JOSE POLICE IDENTIFY MAN WHO DIED AFTER BEING SHOCKED BY TASER

San Jose police today released the identity of a 28-year-old man who died Wednesday after allegedly resisting arrest and being shocked by a Taser gun.San Jose resident Richard Lua was in the area of Adrian Way and Story Road around 10:20 p.m. when officers attempted to contact him, police Officer Enrique Garcia said.As the officers approached, Lua allegedly “took off running,” Garcia said. Lua then went behind homes, hopping over fences and into backyards, Garcia said.The two officers, identified as seven-year department veterans Eric Bachmann and Patrick Lynch, went around the block to the 2200 block of Amador Drive, where a resident reported seeing an unknown man in the backyard, Garcia said.Garcia said he does not know why officers originally attempted to contact Lua, but said once Lua ran into the yards they had an obligation to protect residents.Officers then attempted to take Lua into custody, but he “violently resisted,” Garcia said. “They were in a fight for several minutes,” Garcia said. Lua allegedly attempted to grab one of the officers’ guns from its holster, and the officers used batons to attempt to gain control over Lua. During the struggle, one officer suffered lacerations to the face and the other suffered a leg injury, Garcia said. “Eventually one of the officers was able to deploy his Taser on the suspect and that’s when he went into (medical) distress,” he said.One officer performed CPR but the suspect did not regain consciousness and died at the scene, Garcia said.Agencies participating in the investigation into Lua’s death include the San Jose Police Department’s homicide unit and internal affairs department, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, and the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office, which will perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

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Feb 17 2009 NAPA CO.: NOT GUILTY PLEA TO SECURITY GUARD’S MURDER

A 29-year-old man pleaded not guilty in Napa County Superior Court this morning to murdering a security guard at the California Veterans Home Yountville in 2003. A preliminary hearing date for Juan Jose Hernandez Mendoza was set for May 26, Assistant Napa County District Attorney John Goold said.  Mendoza was in an Oregon jail under an assumed name awaiting prosecution for sex offenses when he was arrested in March for the murder of 58-year-old Manuel Reyes, the Napa County Sheriff’s Department said.He had been identified as a suspect within two weeks of Reyes’ murder on Aug. 4, 2003.Reyes was on duty and working overtime at the veteran’s home on the night of Aug. 3, 2003 when he was asked to act as a translator between Mendoza and a cab driver. The cab driver had picked up Mendoza in Napa around 11:30 p.m. that night, according to the sheriff’s department. Reyes instead offered to drive Mendoza to his destination, a labor camp north of Yountville. His security car was found crashed into a tree on Dry Creek Road near Mount Veeder Road early the next morning. Reyes had been stabbed multiple times and was found near his vehicle, the sheriff’s department said.Mendoza is being held in the Napa County jail under no bail.

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Feb 17, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO USF STUDENT CHARGED WITH RAPING FOUR FEMALE STUDENTS

San Francisco prosecutors today accused a University of San Francisco student of plying four female students with alcohol and then raping them while they were unconscious.The alleged attacks, all separate incidents, took place between April 2008 and January, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.Ryan Kenneth Caskey, 21, of Bakersfield, was arrested by San Francisco police on Friday.According to prosecutors, Caskey, a former ROTC member at the school, allegedly gave alcohol to the women at parties and then raped them after they passed out.He was arrested after one of the women reported the alleged attack to campus police.Caskey has been charged with four counts of rape of an unconscious person and four counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, according to the district attorney’s office.Caskey remains in custody on $600,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court Wednesday morning, according to the district attorney’s office.

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Feb 18 2009 SAN FRANCISCO USF STUDENT CHARGED WITH RAPING FOUR FEMALE CLASSMATES PLEADS NOT GUILTY

A University of San Francisco student accused of plying four female students with alcohol and then raping them while they were unconscious pleaded not guilty today to multiple counts of rape and assault.Ryan Kenneth Caskey, 21, was arrested Friday and appeared in San Francisco Superior Court this morning.Through his attorney, Caskey entered pleas of not guilty to four counts of rape of an unconscious person and four counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.Caskey was ordered held on $800,000 bail. He remained in custody this morning.The alleged attacks, all separate incidents, took place between April 2008 and January, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.Prosecutors allege Caskey supplied alcohol to the women at parties and then raped them after they passed out. He was arrested after one of the women reported the alleged attack to campus police.Caskey, of Bakersfield, was a member of the school’s ROTC program, but was terminated from the program after his arrest, according to prosecutors.A judge today also issued stay-away orders against Caskey for the four alleged victims, and he was ordered to stay 150 yards away from the USF campus.Daniel Lawson, director of the university’s department of public safety, said officers distributed a bulletin Thursday informing students about the alleged crimes and asking anyone with more information to come forward.Lawson said public safety officers patrol the 55-acre campus 24 hours a day, but that crimes like the ones Caskey is accused of aren’t likely to be prevented through standard patrols.”It’s something that we’re really frustrated with,” Lawson said. “We constantly make contact with students on campus and aggressively make people aware of our presence, but this is difficult to prevent by heightened foot patrol.”He said the campus does offer a self-defense class, and that the best protection for students may be to cultivate awareness of how such crimes typically unfold. For instance, he pointed out, the assailant usually knows the victim beforehand and alcohol is often involved. Students have reacted to Caskey’s arrest by creating forums that provide safety tips or outlets for concerns and feelings.He said anyone with information on the case or who might have been a victim is asked to call Kevin Dillon with the department of public safety at (415) 422-6986.Caskey is scheduled to return to court March 5.

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Feb 16, 2009 MENLO PARK: POLICE INVESTIGATE SEPARATE ROBBERIES

Menlo Park police are investigating separate robberies in the city this evening, including an armed robbery of a local market, an acting sergeant said.At about 7:10 p.m., two masked men entered the Willows Market at 60 Middlefield Road. Acting Sgt. Kevin Paugh said at least one of the suspects brandished a gun as they ordered an employee to empty the cash registers.The store had customers inside at the time of the robbery, but no patrons were targeted, Paugh said.The suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.Earlier today, at about 5:45 p.m., an employee of a Blockbuster video store was robbed outside of a bank where he was going to deposit cash from the store, Paugh said.The suspects approached the victim at Sharon Park Drive and Warner Range Avenue, pushed him to the ground and took an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Paugh.The suspects fled in a black Toyota pickup truck.One suspect is described as a white man between 19 and 20 years old with blond hair. He was wearing a black baseball hat, red T-shirt, baggy jeans and white basketball shoes. The other suspect is described as a Hispanic man between 19 and 20 years old with brown hair and a moustache. He was wearing a white T-shirt and gray sweatpants.Nobody was injured in either robbery, Paugh said.

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Feb 14, 2009 SAN JOSE UPDATE: BOY EXPOSED TO HYDROGEN SULFIDE DIES AT MEDICAL CENTER

A teenage boy who was found unconscious in his San Jose home Thursday morning and transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s emergency room, triggering a hazardous materials lockdown of the facility, died Friday afternoon, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office. George Herrera, 18, was pronounced dead at 4:55 p.m. at the medical center where he had been unconscious and in critical condition since arriving for treatment on Thursday, the medical examiner’s office said.The cause of death has not been confirmed,though two pans containing hydrogen sulfide were found on a table in the teenager’s bedroom, where he was found unconscious by his mother, according to San Jose Fire fire Capt. Barry Stallard.Doctors will determine at the beginning of the week whether an autopsy should be performed, according to the medical examiner’s office.San Jose police had classified the incident as a possible attempted suicide, Officer Enrique Garcia said Friday morning. Investigators had not determined how the hydrogen sulfide ended up in the Herrera’s room.Fire and police crews who responded to the mother’s 911 call around 8:45 a.m. complained of respiratory problems and reported a sulfur smell in the home at 3097 Yucca Ave.Herrera, his mother, two firefighters and four police officers that had been exposed were taken to Valley Medical Center without being decontaminated, eventually causing hospital officials to close the emergency room under quarantine until about 3 p.m.

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Feb 14 2009 GILROY: TEEN ARRESTED 10 MINUTES AFTER ROBBING VICTIM AT GUNPOINT

A 19-year-old man was arrested about 10 minutes after robbing a person at gunpoint in Gilroy on Friday, police said.The victim was walking near Third and Rosanna streets around 1:20 a.m. when the suspect, San Jose resident Robert King, approached the victim and demanded money, according to police.King pointed what the victim thought was a handgun at the victim before the victim gave King his cash, police said.King then fled the scene in a brown car, which the victim then described to an officer, according to police.About 10 minutes later, a Gilroy officer noticed a brown vehicle similar to the victim’s description and stopped the car, police said.Two adults, including King, and one juvenile were inside, according to police.King was identified as the suspect and arrested. The other two in the car were detained and later released, police said.

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Feb 15 2009 FAIRFIELD: POLICE SEARCHING FOR MAN WHO STABBED A WOMAN

Fairfield police are searching for a 28-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a woman who was visiting his ex-girlfriend’s house today.The stabbing took place around 6 a.m. in the 1900 block of Bramblewood Drive, according to police.The victim, a 43-year-old Fairfield resident was visiting the suspect’s alleged, 34-year-old ex-girlfriend when the suspect fought with the victim and stabbed her four times, according to police.Police said initially the woman who lives at the residence answered the door, hadn’t seen anyone at the doorstep, but heard noises near the side garage door. The woman closed the front door, but left it unlocked and had gone to the garage to investigate. The suspect entered the residence through the front door and confronted the victim in an upstairs bedroom where he also stabbed her, according to police.Police identified the suspect as Vincent Navarro, described as a Hispanic man about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing at about 200 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He bears a tattoo on the left side of his neck that reads “Corina.” Police consider him to be armed and dangerous. Navarro is on parole for evading police and is listed as a resident of Fairfield with possible ties to the Manteca area.A parole search of Navarro’s residence was conducted without his presence. Police believe the motive behind the stabbing appears to be associated with the current relationship of the female resident.

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Feb 16 2009 RICHMOND RODEO GIRL FOUND SHOT NEAR RAILROAD TRACKS

A teenage girl who was found fatally shot near the railroad tracks in Richmond Sunday has been identified as 17-year-old Rodeo resident Kianna Smith, Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French said today.A train conductor saw Smith’s body at about 12:45 p.m. near Brookside Drive and Giant Road and called police, French said.Investigators so far have no leads in the case and are asking anyone who saw or heard anything to come forward, French said.The case is similar to a Feb. 3 homicide in which a train conductor spotted the body of 30-year-old Richmond resident Tamara Webb near the railroad tracks behind the Triangle Court housing complex, about a mile from where Smith was found Webb had been shot several times, French said.Investigators are looking into whether the two murders are connected, but so far have no reason to believe they are, French said.Smith is the city’s sixth homicide victim so far this year.

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Feb 16, 2009 ALAMEDA: MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY CHOKING 7-YEAR-OLD SON

A 7-year-old boy is in serious but stable condition after his father allegedly choked him in their Alameda home today, Alameda police Lt. Bill Scott said.Police received a 911 call at 11:42 a.m. from someone who reported that a boy in a house at 1148 Regent St. was having trouble breathing, Scott said.When firefighters arrived, the boy’s father, Bashir Haidar, 47, allegedly asked them if they had a gun, police said.Firefighters said they did not have a gun and Haidar allegedly told them he wanted to shoot his son and his wife, Smith said. Firefighters found Haidar’s son on the floor in the master bedroom struggling to breathe. He was taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland.Police have alleged that Haidar choked the child with his bare hands, but don’t know why. Officers arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder and investigators were going to try to interview him this afternoon, Scott said.Haidar and his son were the only people in the house at the time, Scott said.

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