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March 25, 2014 > Suspicious activity near Bancroft Middle School

Suspicious activity near Bancroft Middle School

Submitted By Lt Richard DeCosta, San Leandro PD

On March 19, at approximately 8:20 a.m., several Bancroft Middle School students were congregating at the Shell Gas Station located at 1285 Bancroft Avenue. About that time, a male adult (suspect) described as a dark skinned male, 50Õs-60Õs, wearing a black sweat suit and sunglasses, drove into the gas station and parked his pick-up truck, described as green, possibly a Ford Ranger, at one of the pumps. The suspect got out of his truck and walked into the cashier/convenience store area.

After the suspect exited the store moments later, he walked up to a male student, reached over and grabbed this student by his shoulders. The suspect then pulled the male student towards him, leaned over and attempted to kiss him. The student was able to forcibly push himself away from the suspect at which time the suspect walked back to his truck. The suspect continued to use vulgar language and make lewd comments to all of the students in the general vicinity.

With the help of the gas station attendant and Bancroft Middle School staff, San Leandro Police Department personnel have generated several strong leads in this investigation.

Lieutenant DeCosta said, ÒThis is a great example of the partnership our Department has with citizens who work in the City as well as the School District personnel who wasted no time in reporting this crime. With their assistance, we hope to identify the suspect in this case and maintain the safest possible atmosphere at our schools.Ó

Please contact the San Leandro Police DepartmentÕs Criminal Investigations Division with any information regarding this case at 510-577-3230 or contact the Anonymous Tip Line at 510-577-3278.

Citizens can also send an anonymous tip to San Leandro Police Department by texting the word SLPD and their tip to 847411. Anonymous web tips can be submitted from the Police DepartmentÕs website at\

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