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December 31, 2013 > Attempted homicide investigation results in arrests

Attempted homicide investigation results in arrests

Submitted By Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD

The Fremont Police Department Street Crimes Unit (SCU) located and arrested an attempted homicide suspect after a police pursuit involving spike strips, multiple K9 units, a CHP helicopter and officers from the Fremont, Union City and Hayward Police Departments.

The Fremont Police Department's SCU had been investigating a shooting that occurred on November 24, 2013 at the Motel 6 (south) in Fremont. During that incident, numerous people reported multiple gunshots however no victims or suspects were located despite the recovery of a bloody t-shirt. Several weeks ago, SCU Officers were conducting an unrelated arrest operation and happened to locate the victim from the Motel 6 south shooting. The victim still had a bullet in his arm and had yet to seek medical attention.

SCU Officers identified Matthew Anthony Rossi of San Jose and William Turner of Union City as the two suspects responsible for shooting the victim. Rossi has been in-custody since December 5, 2013 on an unrelated investigation after SCU Officers tracked him down to a location in Union City. The Fremont Police Department SWAT Team had been called in to conduct the arrest of Rossi on December 5, 2013 due to his significant criminal history. Rossi had been wanted on unrelated charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, violation of a domestic violence restraining order, false imprisonment, possession of a stolen vehicle, and reckless evading. Investigators were not aware of his involvement in the November 24th shooting at the time of his arrest.

After identifying Turner as the second suspect involved in the shooting, SCU Officers searched for him on Tuesday, December 24until they spotted him driving a stolen vehicle in the area of Mission Blvd. and Tamarack Dr. in Union City. Officers attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on Turner however he fled recklessly at a high rate of speed. SCU Officers deployed spike strips which disabled Turner's tires. Turner continued to evade and turned into a residential area. Numerous residents provided responding officers with information on the direction in which Turner had fled.

Officers located Turner's abandoned vehicle on Teddy Dr. (Union City) and began a neighborhood search. As officers from Fremont, Union City and Hayward were searching, tips from several neighbors continued to pour in. A CHP helicopter and several K9 units were deployed to assist with the search until Turner was located hiding in a backyard. Turner surrendered without incident.

Turner was booked at the Fremont Police Department Detention Facility on charges of attempt homicide, kidnapping, false imprisonment, parole/probation violations, reckless evading, and resisting arrest.

We'd like to thank Union City PD, Hayward PD and CHP for their assistance.

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