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July 17, 2012 > Newark Police Log

Newark Police Log

Submitted By Newark PD

July 6
NPD assisted ACFD with traffic control at 8:51 a.m. for about an hour during a chemical leak at Evergreen Oil.

Officers responded to the 6300 block of Joaquin Murieta Avenue at 6:59 p.m. for an armed robbery that had just occurred. The victim had just pulled into his parking stall and was approached by an adult Hispanic male, early 20's, 5'-06" to 5'-08", 150 lbs., wearing over-sized white tee shirt, and green and yellow baseball cap. The suspect pointed a small silver semi-automatic pistol at the victim. The loss was the victim's wallet containing credit cards and cash. The victim was not injured during the robbery.

1945 hours: Officer Mlyniec was flagged down by Macy's loss prevention agents at 7:45 p.m. regarding a suspect they had in custody for theft. Officer Mlyniec accepted Macy's Citizen's Arrest of Samantha Flint of Oakland and transported her to Santa Rita Jail.


July 7
NPD Dispatch received multiple 911 calls at 10:17 a.m. regarding a roll-over vehicle collision on Newark Boulevard, between Lafayette Avenue and Ruschin Drive. NPD Officers arrived on scene and learned that a SUV with three occupants was traveling on northbound Newark Boulevard and collided with a parked vehicle, which was parked along the curb. A juvenile passenger was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.


July 8
Officer Kimbrough was sent to Home Depot at 6:22 p.m. for a shoplifter in-custody by loss prevention. Officer Kimbrough arrested Claudine Smit of Newark for petty theft. Smit was issued a citation and released at the scene.

Officer Geser investigated a residential burglary at 11:23 p.m. on the 36300 block of Concord Street. The burglary occurred between the hours of 9:50 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Entry was made through on open bathroom window located on the front of the house. The loss was an Apple Mac Book laptop, PlayStation 3 and a Wii gaming system.


July 9
At 6:13 p.m., a witness reported seeing three Black Male Adults in their 20's, running with a computer, away from Schilling Elementary School. The suspects then jumped over the cyclone fence onto Thornton Avenue and continued west. Officers determined a burglary had occurred at the school. A witness stated she had seen the suspects jump a fence from Thornton Avenue and into the backyard on Nutmeg Court. Officers contacted males outside a residence on Nutmeg Court who matched the general appearance of the suspects. The witness was uncertain on the identity of the suspects. No arrests were made.

Officer Katz investigated a residential burglary at 6:44 p.m. in the 35200 block of Lido Boulevard. Entry was made via a rear sliding door. The suspect(s) used the victim's pillowcase to steal jewelry from the master bedroom.

Officer Katz investigated a residential burglary at 9:30 p.m. in the 36400 block of Ruschin Drive. Entry was made through a front window and the loss in this case was cash.

Officer Jackman investigated a theft from 24-Hour Fitness at 9:32 p.m., after employees had detained Brian Barrow of Newark, for stealing a box of health bars. Barrow admitted to stealing the health bars because he wanted to go back to jail. Officer Jackman accepted the citizen's arrest and Barrow was booked at Fremont Jail.

Officer Taylor responded to Motel 6 at 1:44 a.m. to investigate a possible case of domestic violence. Andrea Soto of Newark was arrested for domestic violence and being under the influence of drugs. Soto's husband had initially left the scene to get away from her. After he left, Soto invited a friend to her motel room, who just happened to have a felony warrant for a parole violation. Rudy Deanda of San Leandro was arrested for his felony parole violation warrant. Michele Skully of Newark also was contacted at the room. Skully was arrested by Officer Jackman for possession of methamphetamine.


July 11
Officer Jackman conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a mechanical violation at 2:47 a.m. A suspect later identified as wanted person, John Rathjen of Newark jumped out of the car and fled. Rathjen ran into a flood control area on Wintergreen Drive. Officer Jackman gave chase and Rathjen sprayed Officer Jackman's face with an aerosol dust cleaner. Rathjen also kicked Officer Jackman. Officer Jackman deployed his K-9 Eliot who was able to detain Rathjen until additional officers arrived on scene. Rathjen was taken into custody by responding Officers.


July 12
Officers investigated a residential burglary at 1:41 a.m. in the 36800 block of Ruschin Drive. Unknown subject(s) gained entry through an "open" front window and ransacked the residence.


Any person with any information concerning these incidents can contact the non-emergency line at 510-578-4237. Information can also be left anonymously on the "silent witness" hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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