A suspected gang member accused of attempted murder for allegedly shooting a Fremont officer in Oakland four weeks ago was arraigned today on two new charges for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Andrew Barrientos, a 20-year-old Union City man, now faces a total of 13 felony counts. He faces life in prison if he’s convicted. Barrientos, who was dressed in red jail clothes, didn’t enter a plea at his brief appearance in Alameda County Superior Court today and is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 30 to enter a plea. He’s being held without bail. Fremont police officer Todd Young, 39, was shot when he and fellow Officer Eric Tang attempted to arrest Barrientos at 2009 Auseon Ave., near Bancroft Avenue, in East Oakland at about 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 27. The two officers were working in Oakland as part of the Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force and had a warrant for Barrientos’ arrest for an incident in April as well as for allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend with a gun in San Leandro on Aug. 13. Oakland police said Barrientos tried to carjack one vehicle before successfully stealing a second after the officer’s shooting. He fled to Southern California but was arrested near the Mexican border on Aug. 28, police said. Barrientos previously was charged with attempted murder, carjacking, attempted carjacking, and two counts each of shooting at an occupied vehicle, carrying a concealed firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm in a city. He was also charged with numerous enhancement clauses that could increase his prison time, including allegations that he was acting to benefit a gang and was involved in street terrorism. Prosecutor John Brouhard said the new charges against Barrientos are assault with a firearm and making terrorist threats in connection with the incident with his ex-girlfriend on Aug. 13. Judge Robert McGuiness ordered Barrientos not to have any contact with his ex-girlfriend. McGuiness previously ordered Barrientos not to have any contact with the alleged carjacking and attempted carjacking victims. About 30 uniformed Fremont police officers attended Barrientos’ hearing today. Fremont police spokesman Detective William Veteran said Young is still in intensive care at Highland Hospital in Oakland and will have to remain there for at least two more weeks. But Veteran said Young is “getting better every day” and gradually becoming more conscious. Co-defendants Gustavo Silva, 23, and Francisco Sierra, 30, both of Union City, are also scheduled to enter pleas on Sept. 30 on allegations that they helped Barrientos flee after Young was shot. Silva is accused of being an accessory to attempted murder and transportation of marijuana. Sierra is charged with being an accessory to attempted murder and also faces an allegation that he furthered gang activity.
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