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Supposed Internal Revenue Service phone calls are a scam

A warning from Hayward police about supposed calls from Internal Revenue Service claiming money owed. A simple thing to remember: the IRS ONLY CONTACTS BY MAIL  But those phone messages are scary; I received one and it was intimidating.

From Hayward police:

This is a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or U.S. Treasury Department in an effort to collect money from you.

The Hayward Police Department received numerous calls from concerned citizens claiming they have received calls with pre-recorded messages, such as, “This message is intended to contact you regarding an enforcement action executed by U.S. Treasury/IRS.” Callers tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The callers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license. They would leave the return contact name of “Steve Martin” or other IRS personnel.

According to the IRS, they contact people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.

The callers who commit this fraud often:
• Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
• Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
• Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
• Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
• Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS/U.S. Treasury asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
• If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
• If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
• You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments in your complaint.

Be alert for e-mail scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media. You should forward scam e-mails to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those e-mails.

To report a scam: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

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Hayward police blotter March 6-11

FRI, 3/6/15 at 4:08 PM, a KIDNAPPING ATTEMPT occurred on the 24000 block of Whitman Street. A White or Hispanic male in his 20s, grabbed a 14-year-old female and tried to force her into his vehicle. The victim fought off the attack and was able to escape and call for help. The suspect was driving a newer white Honda 4-door or similar model. A media notification and possible sketch of the suspect were released.

FRI, 3/6/15 at 10:43 PM, a PAROLE VIOLATION occurred on Dixon Street and Tennyson Road. A patrol officer attempted a stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The driver started to pull over, but then accelerated away. The officer broadcast the vehicle information and its direction of travel. Another officer who was in the area noticed two males running from a vehicle similar to the one that fled from traffic stop. The officer was able to detain one of the men, who was later identified as the driver of the vehicle. The suspect was arrested for a parole violation and delaying a police investigation.

SAT, 3/7/15 at 6:51 AM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON incident occurred on the 28000 block of Huntwood Avenue. A transient male was dropped off at a hospital in Oakland for a stab wound to his neck. The victim was at a park when he began to argue with three males. The three males beat the victim and one male stabbed the victim in the neck with an unknown object. The victim had a puncture wound in the left side of his neck. The victim was uncooperative during his interview with officers. The victim’s injuries were not life threatening.

SUN, 3/8/15 at 6:37 AM, BURGLARY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY from an incident that occurred on the 28000 block of Bailey Ranch Road. On 3/7/15, HPD responded to a possible cat burglary in progress. After officers arrived, they were unable to locate the suspect. The next day, an officer followed up on the case and obtained identification of the suspect from some local surveillance video. The officer located the suspect and arrested him for the burglary.

MON, 3/9/15 at 6:46 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 29000 block of Mission Boulevard. The suspect entered the gas station, pointed his handgun at the clerk and robbed the business of cash. The suspect fled on foot towards Garin Avenue. The suspect is described as a Black male adult, 25yrs, 5’10”, 200lbs. He wore a black jacket, white beanie and white pants.

MON, 3/9/15 at 12:00 PM, a SEX REGISTRANT/PAROLEE was arrested. Hayward’s Special Duties Investigations Unit along with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officers joined together to locate a Westbay Norteno gang member. The suspect violated several conditions of his parole by going to five Hayward schools.

MON, 3/9/15 at 1:05 PM, a STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 21000 block of Bedford Drive. The suspect yanked a necklace off of the victim’s neck and left in a light green Dodge Caravan toward Foothill Boulevard. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, short height, slender build, with short black hair. He was wearing a black jacket and jeans.

TUE, 3/10/15 at 8:43 PM, BRANDISHING A WEAPON-KNIFE, occurred at Fielding Drive and Chaucer Way. Multiple residents called HPD to report a man walking around the neighborhood with a large knife. The subject was waving it at people who were near him. As officers arrived on scene, the subject hid in some bushes but was located and taken into custody without incident.

WED, 3/11/15 at 4:06 PM, a PSYCHIATRIC DETENTION occurred on the 200 block of Jackson Street. Police were called out for a subject who was acting irrational and threatening to get a knife. When officers contacted the subject, he tried to walk away saying he was getting a knife. The officers were able to detain the subject and placed him on a mandatory psychiatric hold.

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Hayward police blotter Feb. 19-25

THUR, 2/19/15 at 10:38 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 30 block of W. Tennyson Road. The victim was walking through the parking lot when suspect #1 exited a parked vehicle and brandished a handgun at the victim, demanding his backpack. The victim refused and Suspect #1 “pistol whipped” the victim in the head. Suspect #1 took the backpack and fled in a vehicle occupied by suspect #2. Suspect #1 is described as a Hispanic male adult, 19 years, 5’8”, thin build, mustache and acne on face. He was wearing all dark clothing and had a silver semi-auto handgun in his right hand. Suspect #2 is described as a Filipino male adult, 19 years, heavy set, wearing a burgundy “Stanford” college sweatshirt.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 1:42 AM, an IN-CUSTODY ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE occurred at Middle Lane and Clawiter Road. After receiving a suspicious person call from neighbors in the area, an officer noticed the possible suspect sleeping inside a vehicle. The officer conducted a DMV check on the vehicle and found it to be stolen out of Hayward. The suspect was detained without incident and arrested for the vehicle theft.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 7:17 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY WITH HANDGUN occurred on the 1100 block of W. Tennyson Road. A Hispanic male adult brandished a handgun at the store clerk and robbed the business of cash. The suspect fled on foot towards Pompano Avenue. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult, early 20’s, 5’2 to 5’3, 130-140lbs., black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue baggy jeans. The suspect had a black semi-automatic handgun.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 3:08 PM, an ATTEMPT KIDNAPPING occurred on the 26000 block of Joshua Court. A 14-year-old female Tennyson High School student reported that a Hispanic male adult in a white 4-door vehicle tried to grab her and pull her into his car. She was able to escape and run to a nearby neighbor’s home. Hayward PD’s Criminal Investigations Bureau was notified and is investigating the case.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 5:00 PM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred at the intersection of Meek Avenue and Myrtle Street. The victim (who is a gang associate) was walking on Meek Ave when two Hispanic males exited their silver Ford Mustang and punched him in the face. The victim defended himself and overtook suspect #1. Suspect #2 armed (himself) with a tire iron and hit the victim once in the arm. Both suspects then fled the scene in the silver Mustang. All of the parties were later detained and the suspects were arrested. Both suspects are also known gang members.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 6:50 PM, A STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred near 50 W. Tennyson Road. The victim was walking toward the South Hayward BART station when the suspects approached him and threw him against a concrete wall. The suspects forcibly took the victim’s backpack which contained his ID and cash. Victim’s cell phone not taken and he was able to call Hayward PD relatively quickly. A nearby officer located suspect #1 on the BART platform and subsequently arrested him. Suspect #2,is described as a Black male adult, 25-30 years old, 6’2, 250 lbs, goatee, last seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans. He boarded a BART train and was able to elude capture. The victim’s property was located on the ground (near) where suspect #1 was contacted.

FRI, 2/20/15 at 11:19 PM, an IN-CUSTODY ARREST FOR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM AND OBSTRUCTION TO AN INVESTIGATION occurred on the 2500 block of W. Winton Avenue. During a suspicious vehicle investigation, the officer stopped three members of a motorcycle gang. One subject fled and was detained by a nearby sergeant. The second subject was carrying a concealed handgun in his waistband. Both of these subjects were arrested and taken to jail. The third subject was cooperative and released.

SAT, 2/21/15 at 6:00 PM, a DUI CHECKPOINT was conducted by Hayward PD’s Traffic Bureau at Foothill Boulevard and City Center Drive. 15 Officers, 2 Supervisors and 1 Community Service Officer; and 6 CHP-Hayward Officers were in attendance. 897 Vehicles passed through the checkpoint resulting in 10 Field Sobriety Tests, 2 DUI arrests, 23 citations for unlicensed/suspended drivers, and 18 vehicles impounded.

SUN, 2/22/15 at 9:19 AM, SUSPICIOUS DEATH occurred on the 25000 block of Regal Avenue. A 40-year-old male was arguing with his wife the night before and had gone out for a walk. The man came back with an injury on his head (unknown cause). He went to sleep on the floor, and his wife found him deceased the following morning.

SUN, 2/22 at 4:13 PM, FIREARM RECOVERY/GANG ACTIVITY occurred on the 600 block of Memorial Way. A female called Hayward PD reporting that a male was at her door threatening to shoot her husband. Officers arrive quickly and detained the suspect. The suspect is a known gang member and was in possession of two unloaded firearms and ammunition. The suspect was arrested without incident.

MON, 2/23/15 at 10:53 PM, an IN CUSTODY ARREST FOR VEHICLE THEFT occurred on Sparrow Road and Osage Avenue. The victim saw his vehicle being driven by the suspect, called Hayward PD, and followed him. The suspect parked the vehicle at the corner of Sparrow Road and Swift Court and fled on foot while the victim gave chase. Officers arrived and located the suspect hiding on a porch on Lilac Ave. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and possibly linked to (another) vehicle theft and a burglary on Sparrow Road.

MON, 2/23/15 at 10:56 PM, ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE OF FIREARM occurred on the 28000 block of Sparrow Avenue. The victim, who was intoxicated, heard commotion outside of his home and went to investigate it. He noticed the victim (from the above stolen vehicle case) yelling at the suspect on the corner of Sparrow and Lilac Avenue. The victim decided that he was going to protect his home by grabbing his handgun and walking outside. The victim racked a round into the chamber and accidentally shot himself in his right hamstring. His wife secured the gun prior to police arrival and it was later retrieved for evidence. The victim was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury.

TUE, 2/24/15 at 2:05 AM, AN IN-CUSTODY ARREST FOR BURGLARY occurred on the 900 block of Palisade. The reporting person called HPD and stated that an unknown male was attempting to break into the YMCA (on the Palisade side of the school.) A perimeter was quickly set up and the attempt burglary was confirmed. As officers start to walk into school, the suspect fled on foot and jumped over fences towards Mission Blvd. Officers gave chase but lost the suspect in a tall grassy hillside. A K-9 search was requested and during the search the suspect self-surrendered without incident.

TUE, 2/24/15 at 8:04 AM, an AUTO VERSUS PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT occurred on B Street and Watkins Street. A City of Hayward employee was crossing on Watkins Street (in the crosswalk) when she was struck by a vehicle. The employee suffered a hip injury and was transported to the hospital. The driver of the vehicle stopped and called 9-1-1.

TUE, 2/24/15 at 4:42 PM, a PROBATION/PAROLE SEARCH was conducted on the 27000 block of Sleepy Hollow Avenue. Hayward PD officers conducted a follow-up investigation to a burglary that occurred the previous day. No one was home when entry was made; and no property from the burglary was located. However, the officers did find evidence that the Probation/ Parolee suspect is involved in identity theft.

WED, 2/25/15 at 10:00 AM, a SMASH Operation occurred on the 900 block of Douglas Street. Officers from various divisions conducted the operation and located the suspect who was attempting to flee. The officers attempted to stop the suspect away from his residence but he evaded them and drove to his home where he was detained in his driveway. A probation search was conducted and a stolen semi-auto handgun was located. The suspect was arrested for reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and possession of stolen property.

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Hayward police blotter Feb. 13-18

FRI, 2/13/15 at 1:41 PM, an ATTEMPTED BURGLARY occurred on the 22000 block of City Center Drive. A neighbor saw two Black males force entry into the apartment next door. Upon Hayward PD’s arrival, the suspects decided to flee by jumping from the 3rd story balcony. Suspect #1 sustained serious injuries and broken bones. He was transported and later admitted to Eden Hospital. Suspect #2 suffered minor injuries and was medically cleared at St Rose Hospital prior to booking. During protective sweep of the apartment, officers found evidence of possession of prescription pills for sales (over 24,000 pills) were found along with a large quantity of marijuana and a loaded gun. The Narcotics Unit was called; they obtained a search warrant and discovered about $70,000 in cash. The renter of the apartment (the victim of the burglary) arrived on scene and was subsequently arrested.

SAT, 2/14/15 at 12:11 AM, a HOME INVASION ROBBERY/ BRANDISHING A WEAPON occurred on the 24000 block of O’Neil Avenue. A juvenile suspect entered the apartment and pointed a pellet gun at the female victim. The victim’s father-in-law struggled with suspect and held him down until HPD arrived. After a brief period the suspect exited the apartment and was detained. The suspect’s pellet gun recovered at the scene.

SAT, 2/14/15 at 8:20 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 28000 block of Huntwood Avenue. The victim was approached from behind by the three suspects. Suspect #1 pointed a handgun to the victim’s head while suspect #2 pointed a knife and told victim to give up his property. Suspect #3 punched the victim in the face, causing visible injury. The suspects took cash, a cell phone and the victim’s laptop. Suspect #1 was described as a Black male juvenile, wearing a black hoodie, black and orange hat, and armed with a handgun. Suspect #2 is a Black male adult wearing a black hoodie, black and orange hat, and armed with a folding knife. Suspect #3 is a Black male juvenile wearing a black hoodie and black and orange hat.

SAT, 2/14/15 at 9:28 PM, an ATTEMPTED ROBBERY occurred on the 26000 block of Mission Boulevard. The female suspect approached the victim and simulated a weapon in her sweatshirt pocket. She told the victim, “Give me your money.” The victim, while speaking to her friend on her cell phone, told her friend to call the police; which prompted the suspect to run away. The female suspect is described as a Hispanic female adult, 35 years old, 5’02, 135lbs., and last seen wearing a pink hoodie and blue jeans.

SUN, 2/15/15 at 12:45 PM, a PLANE CRASH occurred on the 1400 block of Golf Course Road. A single engine plane with a solo passenger lost power while taking off from the Hayward Airport. The pilot did a forced landing on to the #10 hole at Skywest Golf Course. The pilot was not injured in the crash, nor were there any injuries to others. The aircraft sustained moderate damage.

MON, 2/16/15 at 10:31 AM, a STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 19000 block of Hesperian Boulevard. The suspect entered the business and stole medications from a pharmacy by force. The suspect was described as a White male adult, in his 20’s, 5’9”, 160lbs, with brown eyes. He was wearing a baseball cap, gray zip-up hoodie sweatshirt, with a white t-shirt underneath, dark pants and gray shoes. The suspect did not display a weapon and was seen fleeing in a dark vehicle.

TUE, 2/17/15 at 6:43 AM, SHOOTINGS INTO UNOCCUPIED VEHICLES occurred on the 100 block of Revere Avenue, and on the 100 block of Lafayette Avenue. The vehicle on Revere Ave was shot four times and the one on Lafayette Ave was struck three times. Police recovered bullet casings from both locations.

TUE, 2/17/15 at 2:00 PM, a PROBATION SEARCH was conducted on the 25000 block of Bryn Mawr. The Special Duties Unit (SDU) made a traffic stop on two Fremont gang members at Harder Road and Mission Boulevard. One of the gang members was on probation with a search clause, so the officers conducted a probation search of the suspect’s residence. Various kinds of ammunition and a small amount of cocaine were recovered. The suspect was subsequently arrested.

TUE, 2/17/15 at 3:30 PM, a BURGLARY AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY (in custody) occurred at a high school. School Resource Officers (SRO) discovered a burglary occurred at a public high school. The SRO’s Waters reviewed CCTV Surveillance footage from the burglary and the following day, one of the SRO’s saw the same suspect walking on Mission Boulevard. The officer contacted the suspect and conducted a probation search of the suspect’s residence, where property from the burglary was recovered.

TUE, 2/17/15 at 6:10 PM, a RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY occurred on the 2200 block of Parnassus Court. Six firearms and some ammunition were taken. There was no suspect(s) or other information available at this time.

WED, 2/18/15 at 11:52 AM, a SEARCH WARRANT SERVICE was conducted on the 24000 block of Patricia Court. The Narcotics Unit obtained a Search Warrant and were able to recover methamphetamine, heroin, and a loaded handgun. Two suspects were arrested.

WED, 2/18/15 at 4:45 PM, a ROBBERY occurred at Oliver Drive and West Tennyson Road. An elderly female was walking home from the grocery store when a vehicle pulled up next to her. Suspect #1 exited the vehicle and grabbed the victim in a headlock while suspect #2 stayed in the vehicle. The victim felt a hard object placed onto her back and she believed it was a gun. Suspect #1 demanded the victim’s purse, but she refused. The suspect took cash from the victim’s purse and fled in the awaiting vehicle driving southbound on Hesperian Boulevard.

WED, 2/18/15 at 10:51 PM, a RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE/COLLISION occurred on the 700 block of Shepherd Avenue. While driving eastbound on Schafer Road, an officer saw the vehicle in front of him run the stop sign at Schafer and Chisholm Ct. The vehicle ran a second stop sign at Schafer Rd. and Huntwood. As the vehicle turned southbound on Huntwood Ave, the officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Moments later, the officer found the vehicle had crashed into two parked cars and the suspects had fled the scene.

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Hayward police blotter Feb. 6-11

FRI 2/6/15, at 1:40 PM, a ROBBERY occurred on the 24100 block of Mission Bl, in a public park. Three Black male adults walked up to the victim, who was sitting in his car in the park. The suspects ordered the victim to give them his property, as one of the suspects held a knife up to the victim’s neck. The suspects pulled the victim out of his car and the suspect with the knife stabbed the victim near the chin as they fought over the victim’s property. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and then ran away. The suspect with the knife only got as far as a nearby fast food restaurant before he became ill and went inside seeking medical aid. An ambulance was summoned and police dispatchers noted this suspect may have been involved in the robbery, based on the victim’s descriptions of the suspects and he was still in the area, contemporaneous to the crime. The suspect was arrested. The victim suffered minor injury.

FRI 2/6/15, at 3:00 PM, a STOLEN CAR was recovered near Bishop/Eldridge. The victim who recently had his car stolen, reported seeing it in the area of Schafer Park. Officers attempted to detain the suspect, who sped off and then quickly crashed into some bushes. The suspect ran away, but was caught and taken into custody.

SAT 2/7/15, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Hayward PD officers in conjunction with a local Starbucks, invited the public to join them for a cup of coffee, some conversation, and an opportunity to build more community partnerships. The event was well attended and greatly enjoyed by all!

SAT 2/7/15, from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM, the Bistro Restaurant held its annual Beer Festival. About 1500 people attended it over the course of the day and greatly enjoyed the festivities! Officers from the Community Policing and Traffic Units were on hand to ensure everyone enjoyed the day safely.

SAT 2/7/15, at 8:00 PM, a ROBBERY occurred on the 32000 block of Mission Bl. The victim was waiting for a ride in a parking lot, when he was approached by the three suspects. The suspects demanded the victim’s property, as one of them pointed a knife at the victim. One of the suspects threw the victim down on the ground, as another one took the victim’s property out of his pockets. Then all three suspects ran away. They were described only as Black male adults, about 20-40 years old, wearing dark clothing.

MON 2/9/15, at 11:50 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred near Harder/Bishop. The victim was walking his dog when the two suspects walked up and asked him for a dollar. The victim said he didn’t have any money, so one of the suspects pulled out a gun and ordered the victim to take off his jacket. The suspect checked the victim’s jacket pockets and after finding out the victim indeed did not have anything in them, the suspect struck the victim on the head with the gun. The victim fell to the ground. The suspects punched and kicked him, then ran off with his jacket. The suspects were described as Black male adults, about 30 years old, 6’-6’2”, medium builds, and short black hair. One of them was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. The other suspect was wearing a Raiders jersey and black pants. The victim suffered minor injuries.

Wed 2/11/15, at 6:45 AM, a ROBBERY occurred on the 20800 block of Hesperian. A female reporter and a male cameraman were filming a news piece about the Powerball Jackpot at a donut shop. As the cameraman was packing up his gear, the two suspects came up from behind him and shoved him. They forcibly took his camera and ran off. The victims were able to track the camera’s location and determined it was somewhere in San Francisco.

Wed 2/11/15, at 6:55 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 1100 block of W. Tennyson. The Hispanic male adult suspect entered a gas station, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. After getting it, he ran off westbound on W. Tennyson. The suspect was described as about 18-20 years old, with a medium build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt partially pulled over his face and dark pants.

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Hayward police blotter Jan. 29-Feb. 4

THUR, 1/29/15 at 12:40 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on Tennyson Road and Calaroga Avenue. Two Hispanic males (one with a handgun,) robbed a pedestrian of his backpack and checkbook. Both suspects fled in an unknown type 4 door sedan headed southbound on Interstate 880 from Tennyson Road.

THUR, 1/29/15 at 4:04 PM, a MARIJUANA GROW in a building was discovered on the 2200 block of Claremont Court. PG&E reported the suspicious activity due to excessive energy draw. The property manager responded with a locksmith to gain entry due to possible fire danger inspection. Over 1,000 marijuana plants found and the Hayward PD Narcotics Bureau was called out to take over the investigation.

THUR, 1/29/15 at 9:53 PM, AN ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON (Shooting) occurred on the 22000 block of Foothill Blvd. The victim and witness were sitting in the victim’s car, when they got into an argument with the suspect in a parking lot. The suspect walked away, but came back moments later. The suspect approached them from behind and fired a single shot into the vehicle, striking the victim in the back. The suspect fled on foot towards Hazel Avenue and was not located. The victim was transported to Eden Hospital and was reported to be in stable condition.

THUR, 1/29/15 at 11:32 PM, a COMMERCIAL BURGLARY occurred on the 800 block of Southland Mall Drive. Two suspects hid inside a store until after closing. The suspects gathered a large amount of clothes and cologne and staged the merchandise near the exit doors. When officers arrived, both suspects tried to run away through the parking lot, but were captured. The merchandise was recovered and returned to the store.

FRI, 1/30/15 at 1:11 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 31000 block of Wheeler Avenue. The victim was walking to his vehicle when a 4-door black sedan pulled up next to him. The suspect exited the sedan wearing a ski mask and brandished a handgun at the victim. The suspect took the victim’s cell phone and wallet, then left northbound on Brae Burn Avenue, in the sedan.

FRI, 1/30/15 at 2:00 PM, The Alameda County VICE Enforcement Team (ACVET) had its first joint operation of 2015. The event was hosted by Union City and Hayward Police Departments. The operation was attended by six participating agencies. Several ABC inspections in both cities occurred, resulting in cites being issued for 12 violations (6 in Union City, 6 in Hayward). Afterward checks at problem hotel/motels checks were done, which resulted in one probation search and one felony arrest.

FRI, 1/30/15 at 9:45 PM, an ATTEMPTED ROBBERY occurred on the 100 block of West Jackson Street. The suspect told the victim to give him all his money, but the victim refused. The suspect punched the victim 4-6 times and fled southbound on Cypress Avenue. The suspect was described as an unknown race male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt zipped up to look like a skeleton mask, riding a silver bicycle.

SAT, 1/31/15 at 4:48 AM, a VEHICLE COLLIDED into a house on the 24000 block of Grand Avenue. The suspect driver was first involved in a property hit-and-run on A St before crashing into the home on the Grand Avenue. The home sustained minor structural damage and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and hit-and-run. Nobody was injured.

MON, 2/2/15 at 1:18 AM, a HOME INVASION/ROBBERY occurred on the 26000 block of Chisholm Court. The victim was at his apartment, visiting with a friend. When the friend stepped out of the apartment for a short time, the suspect entered the apartment and pointed a handgun at the victim. The suspect threatened the victim, then grabbed the victim’s laptop and wallet. The suspect left in an unknown direction. The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Black male, 5’10”-6’00” tall. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black bandana which covered his face, and dark pants.

TUE, 2/3/15 at 12:21 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 600 block of Sycamore Avenue. Two male victims were approached by Suspect #1 (a Black male adult) and were asked for a cigarette. Suspect #1 then pulled out a handgun and demanded money from both victims. Suspect #2 (a Black male adult) pulled up in a dark green sedan (Possibly a Honda) and got out to assist Suspect #1. The victims gave the suspects their wallets. Suspect #1 pistol whipped one of the victims prior to leaving. Both suspects got into their vehicle and drove off on Sycamore Ave.

WED, 2/4/15 at 12:49 PM, a RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY occurred on the 27000 block of Capri Avenue. A neighbor reported that two Black males knocked on the door and then jumped the fence to the backyard. The neighbor knew the people who lived there just left about 20 minutes earlier and called the police. Officers searched for the suspects, but discovered the informant neighbor drove his/her vehicle into the driveway of the victim’s residence and honked the horn to scare the suspects away. The suspects were last seen driving away on Portsmouth Ave in a silver colored car.

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Hayward police blotter, Jan. 22-27

THUR, 1/22/15 at 1:10 PM, AN AUTO BURGLARY/AUTO THEFT (SUSPECT IN CUSTODY) occurred on the 21000 block of Foothill. A witness saw the (S) forcing entry into a vehicle and called the police. Officers who work in the Downtown area were already familiar with (S) and saw him driving out of the area. The officers detained (S), who also happened to be in a stolen car. Property from a prior auto burglary and the one (S) just committed was found in the (S)’s stolen car. Moreover, (S) happens to be on parole.

THUR, 1/22/15 at 2:00 PM, A PAROLEE IN POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN, POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES WITH THE INTENT TO SELL (SUSPECT IN CUSTODY), occurred on the 22000 block of Myrtle. Officers saw (S) sitting in a car and were aware he is on probation and parole, with full search conditions. Officers searched (S) and the car and found a loaded gun. Officers searched (S)’s residence and found controlled substances, along with evidence (S) possessed the substances to sell them.

FRI, 1/23/15 at 11:50 AM, AN ATTEMPTED BURGLARY (SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY) occurred on the 24000 block of O’Neill. A neighbor saw two (S)’s entering the garage/backyard of a home and the neighbor realized the males did not reside there. The neighbor notified police and officers detained the (S)’s as they tried to walk away. Officers discovered the (S)’s tried to force entry into the home and the owner of the home did not know the (S)’s, so they were arrested.

FRI, 1/23/15 at 2:15 PM, A ROBBERY (SUSPECT IN CUSTODY) occurred on the 22000 block of Foothill. (S) asked the 80 yr old female (V) who recently had hip surgery, for a cigarette. When (V) did not give (S) a cigarette, (S) attacked (V), grabbing (V)’s cane out of her hand and knocking (V)’s cigarettes onto the ground. (S) took the cigarettes and left, after throwing (V)’s cane up onto the roof of a nearby building. Witnesses followed (S) and directed officers to (S)’s location, where they arrested her upon their arrival. Luckily (V) sustained only minor injuries during the incident and the Hayward Fire Department assisted officers in retrieving (V)’s cane.

FRI, 1/23/15 at 7:30 PM, AN ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 2700 block of Oliver. The male (V) was getting out of his car when 2 (S)’s walked up and demanded his money at gunpoint. After (V) gave them his money, they ran away toward Tennyson Rd. The (S)’s black males juveniles, wearing black clothing, gloves, and bandanas which covered their faces. No further description.

FRI, 1/23/15 at 8:10 PM, AN ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON/KNIFE (SUSPECT IN CUSTODY) occurred at Kennedy Park. The (V) teenaged female agreed to meet the (S) teenaged female at the park to fight. Once the fight began, (S) took out a knife and cut (V) and herself accidentally. Both (V) and (S) suffered minor injuries to their hands. (S) was arrested when officers arrived.

SAT, 1/24/15 at 1:30 PM, AN ARMED ROBBERY occurred at Patrick/Westwood. The female (V) was walking down the street with her 12 yr old son, when the 2 (S)’s walked up behind her and took her cell phone out of her back pocket. (V)’s son tried to wrestle the cell phone away from the (S), but (S) pulled out a gun and ordered the 12 yr old to let it go, while pointing the gun at the boy’s chest. The 12 yr old let go and the (S)’s ran to a nearby car, driven by an unknown person. The (S)’s all sped off. (S)’s are both black male adults in their 30’s, both short-medium height and with a medium build. The car was a newer blue sedan.

SAT, 1/24/15 at 8:50 PM, AN ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 27000 block of Manon. The male victim was standing in front of his apartment when the 2 (S)’s approached and demanded money. (S) #1 was armed with a gun and struck (V) with it in the head. (S) # 2 had a knife and slashed at (V)’s face. (S)’s took (V)’s money and ran away. Both suspects are Hispanic male adults, about 18 yrs old, short with thin builds. (S) #1 was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, while (S) #2 was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. (V) suffered minor injuries during the incident and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

SUN, 1/25/15 at 9:15 AM, A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN AND STOLEN PROPERTY (SUSPECT IN CUSTODY) occurred on the 400 block of W. A St. An officer discovered the (S) is on probation with a full search clause and searched (S) and his car. (S) had a gun hidden under the driver’s seat and several stolen credit cards were in his wallet. The officer discovered at least two of the credit cards were stolen during a robbery, which occurred in Concord. Concord PD and Hayward PD investigators are following up to determine whether the (S) had any involvement in the robberies.

TUES, 1/27/15 at 7:45 AM, A STRONG ARMED ROBBERY occurred on the 100 block of Schafer. The female (V) was preparing to drop family members off at school and BART, when the (S) demanded (V)’s money. (V) refused and (S) grabbed her purse. They wrestled over it briefly before (S) knocked (V) down to the ground, ripped her purse away from her and ran off to a nearby vehicle. (S) got into the driver’s seat and drove off. (S) is a Hispanic male adult, about 30 yrs old, about 5’11” with a thin build, and wearing a black beanie, black and white shirt, gray sweater, and blue jeans. He was driving a silver import make SUV.

TUES, 1/27/15 at 6:30 PM, AN AUTO VS PEDESTRIAN COLLISION occurred at Arbor/A St. The male pedestrian was crossing A St near Arbor, but was not inside a crosswalk. The motorist was driving westbound on A St in the #2 lane and struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian suffered major injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. He remains in serious but stable condition.

 

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Hayward police blotter Jan. 8-14

THUR, 1/8/15 at 3:10 PM, POSSESSION OF LOADED FIREARMS with arrests occurred at Martin Luther King Jr Drive and Gibbons Street. A patrol officer pulled a vehicle over for nearly hitting his patrol car head-on, and other vehicle code violations. A rear passenger of the vehicle hid two loaded handguns under the driver’s seat and then fled on foot. A second rear passenger grabbed one of the handguns and threw it out of the window (into some bushes.) The officer was able to recover both handguns at the scene; however, the male suspect who fled the scene was not located.

THUR, 1/8/15 at 4:48 PM, a RESIDENTAL BURGLARY occurred on the 27000 block of Gading Road. A resident came home and found his door forced open and heard noises inside. The resident called the police fearing there may be a burglar still inside. Officer’s arrived on scene and found the home unoccupied and ransacked throughout. No suspect was found.

FRI, 1/9/15 at 9:54 AM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred in the greenway adjacent to the 400 block of Berry Avenue. Two suspects approached the victim with a handgun. One of the suspects grabbed the victim’s hair and pulled her to the ground. The victim then felt a blunt object (presumably a gun) jabbed into the right side of her abdomen and was told to keep quiet or they’ll shoot her. The other suspect stole the victim’s ring from her finger; the earrings from her ears; and a cell phone from her pocket. The suspects then ran south towards Charles Avenue. The suspects were described as Black males, mid twenty’s, 5’6” to 5’10” in height. They were both wearing black hooded sweat shirts. Anyone with information regarding this robbery is encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Department Investigations Division at 510-293-7034.

SUN, 1/11/15 at 3:33 PM, an OUTSIDE ASSIST was requested by Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies in the area of Santa Clara Street /Ocie Way. ACSO requested assistances to apprehend a suspect who had just fled from them in a stolen vehicle. A perimeter was quickly established, and the suspect was taken into custody within 15 minutes and without further incident.

TUES, 1/13/15 at 1:06 PM, an ATTEMPTED ROBBERY occurred on the 300 block of West A Street. The victim was walking through the parking lot when two suspects approached him. One suspect simulated a handgun in his sweatshirt and the second suspect pushed the victim and demanded his property. The victim ran into the gas station prior to the suspects taking any of his property. Suspect #1 was a Hispanic male, 30 years old, 5’7”, 200 lbs., with a short black faded hairstyle, brown eyes, mustache and goatee. He was wearing a green t-shirt with a large white “A” on the front, and blue jeans. Suspect #2 is a Hispanic male, 40-45 years old, 6’1”, and 165 lbs. He was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with horizontal gray/yellow/blue stripes along the front of the shirt, gray bandana covering his face, blue jeans, white shoes, and simulated a gun underneath his sweatshirt. Suspect #3 is a Black male adult, 40-45 years old, bald head and clean shaven. He wore a blue t-shirt and was driving the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle was a gray 2000 4-door Dodge Dakota truck with a bed cover. Anyone with information regarding this attempted robbery is encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Department Investigations Division at 510-293-7034.

TUES, 1/13/15 at 1:29 PM, an OUTSIDE ASSIST was requested by Livermore Police Department in the area of Jackson Street and Watkins Avenue. Livermore PD detectives were in an unmarked vehicle witnessing a vehicle being stolen in Oakland by two suspects. The detectives followed the suspects into Hayward and attempted to pull them over in a parking lot on Mission Boulevard. Just as Hayward PD officers arrive, both suspects fled on foot. The passenger suspect was captured by Hayward PD a few blocks away. Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a K-9 search for the driver and he was eventually found in a backyard of residence.

WED, 1/14/15 at 7:53 AM, a SHOOTING INTO A DWELLING occurred on the 30000 block of Carroll Avenue. A resident called the police to report that their home was shot at. No one in the home was injured and the neighboring school imposed a voluntary lockdown until the area was secured. No shell casings were located and the home is a known gang house.

WED, 1/14/15 at 5:07 PM, a juvenile is in custody for POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE AND TWO COUNTS OF ROBBERY. The victim and suspect both attend the same school. Yesterday (1/13/15,) while on campus, the suspect brandished a knife at the victim and stole his cell phone. This incident went unreported. Today, the same suspect confronted the victim and saw he had a new phone. The suspect pushed the victim to the ground and stole his new phone. Later in the day, the victim saw the suspect sitting in a vehicle on Gading Road and confronted him about his stolen cell phones. In a separate incident and during the same time, the registered owner of the vehicle found his stolen vehicle (that the suspect was sitting in) and called Hayward PD. The suspect was arrested and one of the victim’s cell phones was recovered.

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Hayward tightens massage parlor rules

HAYWARD — The city is taking advantage of a new state law to tighten regulations on massage businesses.

The new rules are intended to allow legitimate businesses to operate while giving Hayward the ability to crack down on prostitution and other illegal activities at shady massage parlors, said city spokesman Frank Holland.

“This is about having good actors and making sure we have standards that work,” he said.

Cities throughout the East Bay are revising their regulations after Assembly Bill 1147 took effect Jan. 1. San Leandro has a moratorium on new massage businesses while its staff crafts new rules, and Oakland is considering how best to take advantage of the Massage Therapy Reform Act. The new law gives cities and counties more say over whether massage businesses can operate and where.

The City Council on Tuesday approved the revisions that will go into effect in February. The rules require all massage therapists in the city to be certified by the California Massage Therapy Council, an independent organization. Businesses could be subject to a $2,500 fine for each unauthorized therapist and for each violation committed.

Parlors with three or more workers must remain unlocked during business hours, a restriction that did not sit well with the owner of Hadley’s Massage in downtown Hayward.

“We did voice our concern about locking the door,” Haiying Mao said through an interpreter. “What if there are only two people here and both are working?” Having to hire a full-time receptionist to cover the front of the building for only short periods of time is an additional expense for owners to bear, she said.

Mao also objected to an owner being fined if someone working there takes part in an illegal activity. “If something bad happens, everything is on the owner’s head,” she said.

Three Hayward businesses were shut down in May during a multiagency police sweep of what police say were brothels masquerading as massage parlors. The law enforcement officers executed 32 search warrants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma counties. Four businesses were closed in Oakland, one in San Leandro and five in San Lorenzo.

Hayward now has 16 massage establishments, with 12 of those opening since 2012.

“You see how fast these things can proliferate. We’re taking a proactive approach so that we have legitimate operators in Hayward,” Holland said.

New businesses would have to apply for a use permit, which gives the city a say on where they can operate. Before, as long as a massage parlor had a business license, it could open wherever other personal services businesses such as barbers or yoga studios were allowed.

Existing parlors have six months to comply with the new rules, which also include a massage therapy permit for each business.

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Hayward police blotter Dec. 25-30

THUR, 12/25/14 at 9:00 AM, EX-FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM AND POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS WITH THE INTENT TO SELL: Officers responded to the 2300 block of Cabrillo Court for a report of a possible sex crime against a child occurring in a residence. Upon contacting the male subject, no children are found in the home but the subject was determined to be on a felon on searchable probation. Officers searched the subject’s room and found a loaded firearm and narcotics and other evidence indicating the male possessed it with the intent to sell it. The Subject was arrested.

FRI, 12/26/14 at 2:19 AM, a SHOOTING INTO AN INHABITED DWELLING AND VEHICLE occurred on the 27000 block of Ponderosa Circle. An informant heard 4 to 5 shots in the area and called police. Officers checked the area and found a house that was hit once and also a car that was parked in front of it. Shell casings were found in the vicinity. Nobody was injured.

FRI, 12/26/14 at 7:32 AM, a DECEASED PERSON/ CORONERS CASE was discovered. Officers were sent to the 27000 block of Dunbar Place to check on the welfare of a 62 year old male resident, when relatives could not reach him. Responding officers discovered the male deceased in his bedroom. The male was last contacted by the Hayward Fire Department on December 1st, when he was transported to a Hospital for a possible stroke. The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau responded and took custody of him.

SAT, 12/27/14 at 12:04 AM, an ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON occurred on the 300 block of Smalley Avenue where the victim was either hit with a bat or broken bottle. Officers arrive on scene, and located the victim in a rear bedroom with lacerations to his forehead and face, and a broken left arm. The victim said that he was beaten by three suspects. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of his injuries.

SAT, 12/27/14 at 11:30 AM, an OUTSIDE AGENCY ASSIST was needed for a vehicle pursuit that terminated at Jackson Street and Harder Road. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol (CHP) pursued a vehicle with two occupants, wanted for burglary, across the San Mateo Bridge. The suspects dumped the vehicle in the parking lot of Nation’s Hamburger and fled on foot. CHP captured one suspect in the parking lot, while the second suspect fled into the Timbers Apartments. Officers searched the area, but the second suspect was not located.

SAT, 12/27/14 at 10:47 PM, a HOME INVASION ROBBERY occurred on the 1600 block of Sumatra Street. The male victim reported three black males put a gun to his head and made their way into the residence. They tied him up and put a bag over his head. The victim was able to escape and call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s residence. Officers checked the residence to make sure the suspects were no longer there and noted the house had in-fact been ransacked. While the officers continued their search, the victim called his cousin, the home owner. The home owner said the police needed to leave his house immediately, so they did. The victim said they wanted no further police action and refused to provide any other information.

SUN, 12/28/14 at 7:26 AM, a SHOOTING IN AN INHABITED DWELLING AND VEHICLE occurred on the 900 block of West Tennyson Road. Residents heard multiple gunshots on Forselles Way. Officers located two parked vehicles and two apartments that sustained damage and casings were located nearby. Nobody was injured.

SUN, 12/28/14 at 3:34 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred at Meekland Avenue and A Street. The victim was confronted by two suspects on foot. Suspect #1 brandished a handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim handed the wallet to suspect #2 and both suspects fled on foot. Police were called and they located suspect #1 nearby. The victim identified the man as suspect #1. Suspect #2 was not found.

TUE, 12/30/14 at 14:21 PM, an ARMED ROBBERY occurred at Hesperian Boulevard and Depot Road. The victim was walking on Hesperian Boulevard near Depot Road when the suspect approached her and showed her a gun in his waistband. The suspect said, “I’m not going to hurt you, I need your purse ‘cuz’ my kids are sick.” The victim handed her purse over out of fear and the suspect ran away towards Adrian Place. The suspect was described as a heavyset Black male adult, 18-20 years old, 6’0”, with a short black afro. He was last seen wearing a green jacket with a hood, blue jeans, and armed with a black handgun.

TUE, 12/30/14 at 5:07 PM, a DEATH INVESTIGATION occurred on the 24000 block of Park Street. A 63-year-old female was found deceased in her home. Her roommate heard the woman making breakfast the day before. Officers arrived on scene and found no signs of foul play. Based on the woman’s medical history, the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau released her to her family members.