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April 30, 2013 > Newark Police Log

Newark Police Log

Submitted By Newark PD

April 20
1852 Hours: Loss Prevention at the Raley's Supermarket requested assistance at 6:52 p.m. with taking three shoplifters into custody. As officers were responding to the store, the suspects split up and fled in three different directions in a vehicle and on foot. The responding officers made three separate stops and were able to detain all the suspects. Nathaniel Harris and Alonzo Taylor, both of Oakland were arrested for burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. David Pugh of Oakland was arrested for burglary and possession of Heroin. All three suspects were booked at Santa Rita Jail and Officer Bloom coordinated this investigation.

A traffic stop by Officer Jackman on Cedar Blvd. at 10:43 p.m. resulted in the arrest of Brandon Fabio of San Diego for driving under the influence of alcohol. Fabio was later issued a citation and released from NPD.


April 21
Officer Nobbe completed a multi victim burglary, fraud and forgery investigation. The suspect identified as Stephen Sarmiento Hayward had been arrested by Hayward PD on a similar case. Officer Nobbe contacted Stephen at the Hayward City jail and got a full confession. The case will be sent to the District Attorney's Office for charging.

Officer Eriksen completed his investigation regarding a robbery, auto theft, domestic violence case. The suspect assaulted his ex-girlfriend at the New Park Mall, on April 20, 2013. During the assault, the suspect identified as Arnold Prakash of Hayward stole a diamond pendent from around the victim's neck. Arnold smashed the victims head into the passenger side door window causing injury and attempted to steal her vehicle while she was seated inside of it. The victim was able to fight off Arnold and flee the mall. Victim called 911 and reported the incident as a battery only. Only after talking to the victim did Officer Eriksen learn of the other crimes. The investigation will be forwarded to the district attorney's office for charging.


April 22
At 11:31 a.m., Officer Lopez investigated the theft of a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked in the 36300 Darvon St. The victim parked her vehicle on the street in front of her home two weeks ago. Victim returned to her car today to discover the catalytic converter had been stolen.


April 23
Victim contacted Newark PD at 7:05 p.m. and advised that she had just been threatened by Leonard Lowery of Newark at a residence on Lotus Ct. The Victim explained she had a dispute in the kitchen with Lowery. Victim and grandson left the residence and as they were leaving, they saw Leonard load a bullet into a scoped rifle. UCPD was contacted for an outside assist and UCPD Officer Wu responded with their armored rescue vehicle. Once it was determined Lowery was outside and was not armed with rifle, the armored vehicle, with a team of officers, responded to the driveway of the residence. Lowery was contacted and complied with officers. He was detained without incident.

Officer Norvell accepted the arrest of Akilah Abraham of Hayward and Ariana Cooper of Hayward at 8:08 p.m. from NewPark Mall security officers. Both females had been arrested for theft of shoes from Focus Shoes, where they punched an employee during the theft. They were both charged with Robbery and booked at Santa Rita Jail.


April 24
A 2006 Ford Econoline van was stolen overnight from Bluegrass Court and was abandoned in an industrial part of Oakland a few hours later. A concerned citizen in Oakland located the van and called the number on the side of the van because the engine was running and nobody was around. The owner responded to Oakland, recovered the van and immediately came to NPD after finding many of the tools missing that were in the cargo area of the van. Officer Fredstrom handled the investigation.

Officer Sandoval arrested Santiago Hernandez of Newark for DUI at 11:46 p.m. after he fell asleep at the wheel on Sycamore St. at the railroad tracks. The vehicle was towed and Hernandez was booked at Fremont Jail.


April 25
Officers responded at 8:20 a.m. to a report of a man walking down the middle of the street. The reporting party stated he was acting like a motor vehicle while traveling in the roadway. Officers found Aref Mayer of Newark who is known from a prior altercation with police, walking on Dairy Ave. Officer Revay attempted to talk with Mayer and knew he had an active felony warrant for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, threats to kill a public official, brandishing a deadly weapon, and assault. Officer Revay and Officer Horst attempted to detain Mayer, who started to resist and struggle with them. Other officers responded and Mayer was detained until he could be brought under control using a chemical restraint. Mayer was transported to a local hospital by Paramedics Plus and medically cleared prior to being booked at Santa Rita Jail on his warrants and resisting arrest.

At 9:58 a.m., Officer Horst investigated a theft of a vehicle from the 6300 block of Buena Vista Dr. where a 1996 black Honda Civic, 2 door, CA# 6EET371 was taken during the overnight hours.


April 26
At 8:33 a.m., Officer Horst investigated a theft of a vehicle. The employee, who lives on Quince Pl. came out this morning to find his work vehicle missing. He activated the vehicle's GPS and located the vehicle abandoned on Alexander St. in Fremont. He then called NPD. Officer Horst responded to Alexander St. along with Fremont PD and recovered the vehicle, which was released to the employee.

During the night shift briefing, Det. Heckman shared that Patrick Gregoire of Newark had a felony warrant for evading police in a vehicle. Patrick was seen earlier by officers but he had managed to flee the area in a gold colored Oldsmobile. At 6:59 p.m., Det. Heckman and Det. Todd located Gregoire's vehicle in front of a residence in the 36500 block of Olive Street. Family inside of the house said Gregoire was seen at the listed residence but they did not know where he was hiding. All family members were evacuated from the residence and a perimeter was set. A search team was formed based on Gregoire having search clauses associated to the listed address and his felony warrant.

Officer Jackman made numerous K-9 announcements to no avail. While inside of the residence "Eliot" alerted to a scent in an attic crawl space, which was accessible from an upstairs bedroom. Verbal commands were given for Gregoire to crawl out to awaiting officers but there was no answer. "Eliot" was sent inside of the attic and located Gregoire who still refused to surrender. Gregoire struggled with "Eliot" for approximately two minutes. During the course of the struggle, the attic floor/ceiling of the living room collapsed sending "Eliot" through the hole and into the living room, which was about an 8-foot drop.

Gregoire was removed from the hole in the ceiling by awaiting officers, yet he continued to fight. Physical force was utilized to get Gregoire safely secured in handcuffs. In the end; Officer Jackman took "Eliot" to the Vet and confirmed K-9 Eliot suffered no injuries. Gregoire was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for the bite wounds he received while fighting with K-9 "Eliot." Gregoire was later booked at Santa Rita Jail for his warrants and 148 PC - resisting arrest.


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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