Hayward police blotter Aug. 5-11, 2013

08/07/2013 8:40PM
A robbery occurred at 426 W. Harder Road (Grocery Outlet). Two suspects armed with handguns entered the business. The suspects brandished the handguns at the clerks and stole money from the cash registers; they also took property from a customer at the store. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Investigations Division at (510) 293-7034.

08/08/2013 12:30AM
Mutual aid was requested by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. A deputy was the victim of an assault with a deadly weapon, and the sheriff’s department asked for assistance with calls for service due to lack of resources. Hayward Police assisted the sheriff’s department for approximately one hour.

08/08/2013 9:50AM
A robbery occurred on the 27000 block of Dickens Avenue. The suspect approached the victim on foot and punched her in the face. The suspect then ripped a gold necklace off the victim’s neck and fled on foot. The suspect is described as a black male, 17-18 years old, tall, shaved head and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a royal blue hooded sweatshirt with “Hollister” written on the front in white letters, and blue jeans with red shorts underneath. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Investigations Division at (510) 293-7034.

08/09/2013 3:59PM
A robbery occurred in the area of Lemontree Court and Oliver Drive. The victim, a 65 year old woman, was walking home from a nearby shopping center. The suspect ran up behind her, grabbed her by the arm and ripped a gold necklace from her neck. The suspect fled on foot into a nearby apartment complex. The suspect is described as a black male, 16-18 years old, 6’0” and thin. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Investigations Division at (510) 293-7034.

08/10/2013 2:00AM
A robbery/assault with a deadly weapon occurred on Tennyson Road under the BART overpass. The victim was walking home from a party when he was approached by three suspects. The suspects assaulted the victim, and one suspect ripped a gold necklace from the victim’s neck. After the assault the victim realized he had sustained superficial stab wounds. The suspects are described as three black male adults and no further information provided. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Investigations Division at (510) 293-7034.


A book with a powerful message

HAYWARD — In April, 30 volunteers handed out free copies of the book “The Language of Flowers” in Hayward to people who don’t normally read as part of World Book Night. On Saturday, Aug. 17, the book’s author will give a free talk at Hayward City Hall.

“Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is about Victoria, 18, who has aged out of the foster care system. She sleeps in a San Francisco park, where she plants a garden. The discovery of her garden leads to discoveries of herself.

In addition to sharing the book, Hayward Library’s Book-to-Action program focused on raising awareness about foster youth. The program connects reading a book with a civic engagement project.

Volunteers let the community know about Bay Area and national organizations that help foster youth, including The Camellia Network (co-founded by Diffenbaugh), Hayward-based Bay Area Youth Centers, Beyond Emancipation, First Place for Youth, Alameda County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), and Adopt a Special Kid, according to a release.
Representatives of those groups will be at Diffenbaugh’s talk, which begins at 2 p.m. in Hayward Council Chambers, 777 B St.

Those interested in becoming a World Book Night book giver next year can sign up for the WBN mailing list at http://www.worldbooknight.org/ .

The Aug. 17 event is sponsored by the Hayward Public Library, the Friends of the Hayward Library, and the Book Shop on B Street. For more information, call 510-881-7700, email sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov or visit http://library.hayward-ca.gov


Hayward police blotter July 30-Aug. 4, 2013

07/30/2013 9:53PM
An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the area of Revere Ave and Kennet St. The victim, and sole occupant, was sitting in his vehicle when the suspect(s) approached him. For unknown reasons the suspect(s) began shooting at the victim. The victim was able to drive away a short distance before crashing into a parked vehicle on Revere Ave. The victim was transported to a local hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Investigations Division at (510) 293-7034.

08/02/2013 4:23PM
A shooting occurred in the 27000 block of Patrick Ave. The victims were driving south on Patrick Ave. when the occupant of a passing vehicle fired multiple gunshots at the victims. The victims self transported themselves to a local hospital. Two occupants of the vehicle were found to be suffering from gunshot wounds. The suspect vehicle is possibly an older, dark gray and two-door vehicle. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Investigations Division at (510) 293-7034.

08/02/2013 5:07PM
A shooting occurred in the 27000 block of Pompano Ave. A male and three family members were exiting their vehicle when the suspect vehicle stopped next to them. The suspect vehicle was occupied by several male subjects, one of which began shooting at the victims. Numerous rounds were fired, but no one was shot. The suspect vehicle is described as a green Buick LeSabre. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Investigations Division at (510) 293-7034.

08/03/2013 5:34AM
A shooting occurred at 551 Garin Ave. Unknown suspects fired several bullets into the business (Super Stop Market), however the business was closed and unoccupied. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Investigations Division at (510) 293-7034.

08/04/2013 1:50AM
A stabbing occurred in the area of W. Tennyson Rd. and Sleepy Hollow Ave. The victim walked into Kaiser Hospital with a stab wound. The victim was uncooperative and refused to provide any suspect information. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Hayward Police Investigations Division at (510) 293-7034.

The Hayward Police Department Explorers returned from a week-long academy. While at the academy, Officer Jenkins received the Advisor Honor Award. He was the lone recipient out of 47 advisors that attended the academy. The award honors Officer Jenkins for his leadership and dedication to the explorer program.


Hayward police blotter July 22-28

07/22/2013 9:14AM
Robbery occurred at 338 W. Tennyson Rd. Sixteen year old suspect forcefully grabbed a cell phone out of the victim’s hand. Officers locate the suspect in the area of E. 12th St., and the suspect is arrested after a foot pursuit.

07/23/2013 2:48PM
Two Molotov cocktail devices were found in the parking lot at 28291 Ruus Rd. One of the devices ignited and burned, however the second device failed to ignite. No reported damage to property. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Investigations Bureau at (510) 293-7034.

07/24/2013 8:06AM
Robbery occurred at the bus stop located at Santa Clara St. and W. A St. The victim was waiting at the bus stop when the suspect approached her. The suspect asked the victim for bus information, and then grabbed her purse that was strapped to her shoulder. The victim was dragged to the ground as the suspect forced the purse away from her. Suspect then fled in an older, dark green, 4-door vehicle, similar to a Toyota Camry. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Robbery Unit at (510) 293-7034.

07/24/2013 10:37AM
Residential burglary occurred in the 24000 of Papaya Ave. A teenager was babysitting her younger brother when two suspects forced entry into their home. The teen and child hid in a bedroom and called the police. As officers arrive at the location they see the suspects flee the house. After a foot pursuit, one of the suspects is located and arrested. The second suspect has been positively identified, however he is still outstanding.

07/24/2013 11:54AM
Robbery occurred on E St. at Second St. Three suspects approach the victim on foot. One suspect simulates having a handgun and demands the victim’s wallet. When the victim was slow to react, the suspects push the victim to the ground and remove his watch and iPad. All three suspects described as Black male adults in their early 20’s. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Robbery Unit at (510) 293-7034.

07/25/2013 7:00PM
An officer was driving in the 1400 block of Gomer St. when he saw black smoke billowing out of a residence. The officer entered the home and finds the kitchen filled with smoke. The officer was able to rescue a woman and two small children from the home prior to the fire department responding. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Investigations Unit at (510) 293-7034.

07/25/2013 9:45PM
Home invasion robbery occurred on Old Oak Lane. The suspect forced entry into the residence via a bedroom window. The suspect was confronted by a 73 year old resident of the home. The suspect assaults the resident and brandished a gun to her head. The suspect took the victim’s purse and left the residence in an unknown direction. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Robbery Unit at (510) 293-7034.

07/26/2013 3:00PM to 12:00AM
Hayward Police Department hosted a joint operation with the FBI for the Innocence Lost Cross Country Initiative, which is a nationwide effort focused on the recovery of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). There were 29 personnel from six agencies that participated in the operation. Five adults were arrested for prostitution, three CSEC juveniles were recovered, two adults were arrested for pimping/pandering and one four year old child was taken into protective custody. The operation was deemed a huge success by all the agencies involved.

07/27/2013 10:00AM
Victory Outreach Church conducted a religious march from Kennedy Park to City Hall. Approximately 200 people participated and the march concluded at 1:00PM.

07/28/2013 12:09PM
A robbery occurred in the parking lot at 19961 Hesperian Blvd. While the victim was seated in her car, the suspect reached inside and grabbed the victim’s purse. When the victim tried to keep hold of her purse, the suspect punched the victim in the face, and then fled on foot with the purse. The suspect is described as a Hispanic female, late 20’s, 5’3” tall, with dark shoulder length hair. She was wearing all dark clothing with a zebra print shirt. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Robbery Unit at (510) 293-7034.

07/28/2013 12:27PM
An attempted murder occurred at 21787 Hesperian Blvd. Two loss prevention officers stop the suspect outside the store and try to detain him for shoplifting. During a struggle with the loss prevention officers the suspect pulled out a handgun and shoots one of the loss prevention officers in the shoulder. The suspect pistol whipped the second loss prevention officer and fled the area on foot. The suspect is described as a White or light complexion Hispanic male, 30-40 years old, 6’0”, and short grey hair with a small ponytail. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Homicide/Assault Unit at (510) 293-7034.

07/28/2013 7:35PM
A stabbing occurred on Mission Blvd. at Gresel Ave. The victim was with three friends when he was stabbed in the neck. The victim, and his three associates, were uncooperative with the investigation. However, an independent witness to the incident reported the suspect was associated with an older green Toyota Camry. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Department Homicide/Assault Unit at (510) 293-7034.


Hayward police blotter July 1-7

4:04 a.m.
A victim resident, located on the 2400 block of Alberta Court, reported he was awakened by noise in his home, and upon investigating the cause, encountered a suspect with a flashlight in the home. The suspect fled via the front door when confronted by the victim. The suspect stole wallets with credit cards from a dining room table, an X-Box console and a laptop computer. The victim could not provide a suspect description.

3:19 a.m.
An intoxicated female was riding her bike when she was reportedly struck by a vehicle, which was being driven by a male. The vehicle was described as an older red mini-van and it fled eastbound on Sycamore Ave. At least one caller advised the victim fell off of her bike and was not struck by a vehicle. The victim sustained a compound fracture of her leg and was transported to Eden Hospital.

9:58 p.m.
A citizen walked into the St. Rose Hospital ER with a gunshot wound to his neck. He advised the shooting occurred in the area of Seminole / Mantilla. An extensive search was conducted; however a crime scene was not located. The citizen/victim was transported to Eden Hospital. Injuries did not appear to be life threatening at the time.

11:18 a.m.
An elderly citizen was walking in the area of West Tennyson at Hesperian using her assisted walker when she had to jump out of the way of a large eucalyptus branch which broke and fell onto her walker. The citizen fell and her assisted walker was damaged by tree. The citizen was treated and released by a local hospital.

22:04 p.m.
Three suspects all in red clothing were seen shooting shotguns in the area of Ranker Court and Manon Ave. Officers arrive on scene, and found several shotgun and 45 caliber casings in the street. There was a large party on the Ranker Court with several people matching the description of the three suspects. Officers conducted a protective sweep of the apartment and located shotguns and a .45 caliber assault rifle. Witnesses refuse to ID anyone out of fear.

6:20 a.m.
Officers respond to a suspicious person with a weapon in the area of Murcia and Dean. Officers locate the individual and during a records check, the suspect is found to be a parolee at large with a loaded handgun. Suspect has gang affiliation and violent history. Suspect was taken into custody without incident.

7:17 a.m.
A victim resident called 911 reporting someone had shot into her home on the 27000 Block of Pompano Ave. The unknown suspect(s) shot at the residence. One round penetrated into the kitchen wall and came to rest on the table. The other round impacted the rear truck lid and window of a vehicle parked in the driveway. Eleven 9mm casings were located on the street.

11:11 a.m.
Hayward police and fire department responds to a medical emergency on the 22000 block of S. Garden Ave. A mother was holding her 15-month-infant while in her backyard patio, which is directly below second story window of the apartment. Her autistic son was upstairs and accidentally broke the window while jumping between beds. Shards of glass fell onto the mother and infant. Infant sustained a 2-inch laceration below left eye, near her nose. Infant was transported to Children’s Hospital. Mother had a shard of glass embedded into her right flank; she was transported to Saint Rose Hospital.

23:03 p.m.
A juvenile and two adults were accosted by three suspected gang members on the 500 block of Blanche Street. The three victims were patted down and their pockets were rummaged through by the suspects. All three citizens’ cell phones and cash were taken by the suspects. Suspects fled the scene on foot.

11:23 p.m.
A pedestrian ran eastbound across Hesperian Blvd, south of W. Winton Avenue. A northbound vehicle in the #2 lane struck the pedestrian, resulting in the death of the pedestrian. The driver and occupants of the vehicle remained at the scene. The driver appeared to be sober. The identity and sobriety of the pedestrian will be determined by the coroner.

5:45 a.m.
Union City PD called the Hayward Police Department to ask for outside assistance in their city for priority calls for service. Union City was investigating a fatal auto/pedestrian collision in their city. Officers were sent to Union City to assist.

3:53 p.m.
An armed robbery occurred on the 25000 block of Ironwood Ct. The suspect robbed the victim at gunpoint and then ran towards the Waterford Apts. The victim gave chase and lost sight of the suspect in the complex.

9:40 p.m.
The male victim and male suspect have recently been chatting online via an adult website. They agree to meet in the parking lot on the 1000 block of La Playa Drive for a sexual encounter. When the victim arrives, the male suspect gets in the front passenger seat and they began to talk. Within minutes, another male knocks on the window and brandishes a handgun. The suspect in the passenger seat tells the victim, “Give me everything” as the other suspect orders the victim out of the vehicle. The victim complies and the second suspect jumps into the driver’s seat and takes off southbound on Calaroga Ave with both suspects in the vehicle, leaving the victim in the parking lot. The victim’s vehicle is located within minutes unoccupied on the 26000 block of Kay Ave.

10:10 p.m.
A subject known to associate with a local gang was sitting in front of his home on the 500 block of Jefferson Street when a vehicle slowly drove past his home. A passenger in the vehicle was staring at the victim so the victim “flipped off” the suspect. The suspect responded by firing three rounds at the victim, but missed the victim and hit the occupied home. Nobody was injured.

11:50 p.m.
A citizen was walking home on the 100 block of Winton Ave when he was accosted by four unknown race males who jumped out of a dark colored SUV with tinted windows. The males were wearing all black clothing, and one was armed with a semi-auto handgun. The suspects chased down the citizen and punched him in the face causing him to fall to the ground. Once on the ground, the suspects took his cell phone out of his pocket and removed his shoes. All four suspects got back into the SUV and left the scene eastbound on Winton Ave.


One-night-only reading at Douglas Morrisson Theatre

HAYWARD — A staged reading of Julia Cho’s “The Language Archive” is planned for July 30 at the Douglas Morrison Theatre.

The play is the third in this season’s “Bare Bones” staged reading series at the theater. In a bare bones presentation, actors read directly from the script, and the the staging does not include elaborate costumes, sets or props.

In “The Language Archive,” a linguist, George, is trying to record an elderly couple who may the last speakers of a dying language. The couple, Alta and Resten, aren’t speaking to each other, except in English.

George himself has trouble communicating, both with his wife and his assistant.

The play will have one reading, 8 p.m. July 30. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at 510-881-6777 or www.dmtonline.org. The theater is at 22311 N. Third St.


Experiencing the hunters of the air

HAYWARD — Ever want to get up close and personal with a bird of prey? Hayward Area Recreation and Park District is offering an adult-only session to experience the majestic beauty of falcons, hawks and eagles. Those attending will be able to meet the birds, and naturalists will share tips on identifying species, talk about flight techniques and share the birds’ skills.

Regal Raptors takes place at Sulphur Creek Nature Center, 1801 D St. Space is limited; advance registration is required.

Call 510-881-6700 or go to www.haywardrec.org, program #22616. Cost is $18. For more details, call 510-881-6747.


Hayward police blotter June 10-15

7:51 p.m.
An armed robbery occurred on the 22000 block of Foothill Blvd. Suspect entered the east entrance of the store and walked to an employee where he pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded that she open the cash register. The loss was approximately $700 in cash. The suspect fled southbound on Foothill on foot. No injuries were reported by any employee.

8:45 p.m.
Shooting occurred on the 600 block of Tennyson Road. Two groups get into a physical altercation while at a gas station. During the incident, one of groups all pull out handguns, with one suspect firing multiple shots into the direction of the other group as they ran away. No one appears to have been hit, and citizen standing by witnesses the incident. Both groups leave the area in separate vehicles. During follow up investigation on the incident, an officer develops probable cause for the arrest of a local gang member related to the shooting.


5:20 p.m.
An attempted robbery occurred near the area of B Street and Watkins Ave. Citizen was knocked down by three suspects and attempted to take his iPad. Victim held onto iPad and the suspects fled area prior to police arrival.

9:00 p.m.
Subject was staggering in the area of Miami Ave. and Melbourne Ave and unable to care for his safety. Officers stop to ascertain his welfare and subject was found to be carrying a sawed-off shot gun.


8:25 a.m.
School Resource Officers (SRO) obtained intelligence about a Hayward High student in possession of a firearm. SROs conducted a probation search at the student’s home and safely recovered a loaded revolver and arrested the student.

11:24 a.m.
Vandalism at City Hall, 777 B Street. A subject knocked over a motorcycle and threw a trash can lid through a window near the main entrance to City Hall. A citizen and a City employee witnessed the acts and notified nearby BART police officers, who detained the suspect. Hayward Police promptly arrived and took over the investigation. Great work from the community and city employees by alerting law enforcement quickly.


5:34 p.m.
A report of a shooting occurred on the 300 block of Harris Road. Witnesses see two males arguing with a third male on a bike. Witness sees one of the males fire at the subject on the bicycle. The two males fled the area. No evidence was located at or near the scene.


An armed robbery occurred on the 27000 block of Mission Blvd. Suspect entered the business and brandished a handgun and demanded money from the safe. Suspect threatened to kill the clerk. Suspect took a video tape and the clerk’s wallet. Loss was approximately $300. Suspect fled on foot.

11:30 p.m.
Officers respond to a family disturbance on the 22000 block of Fuller Ave. Upon the officer’s arrival, they encounter a male leaving the residence that appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Officers attempt to talk to him and investigate his role in the family disturbance. Subject becomes combative with officers and attempted to kick out a patrol window. Subject was detained without further incident.


12:29 a.m.
An officer contacts a subject for a pedestrian violation on two juveniles. During a search, one of the subjects was found to have a loaded revolver. Juvenile was arrested for a gun violation.


Hayward school board calls special meeting

HAYWARD — Hayward school trustees will meet Tuesday afternoon in closed session to discuss the appointment of an interim superintendent.

The board is scheduled to discuss and vote on a contract in open session at its regular meeting Wednesday, if a contract has been agreed to by both the school district and Stanley Dobbs. The board selected Dobbs as interim superintendent June 8, but the deal isn’t sealed until the contract is signed.

Dobbs, former Hayward superintendent for business affairs, left the district after 18 months of his 24-month contract to take a job as chief financial officer for the San Diego school district in December. In his time in San Diego, he has overseen the sale of previously approved bonds and was able to negotiate a low interest rate, according to a release from that district.

In his time in Hayward, Dobbs was able to turn the district’s finances around so that it was fiscally solvent at the end of the two fiscal years he was here. The district had been operating in the red for years.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 4 p.m.









Dobbs creates a stir in San Diego

Former Hayward assistant superintendent for business affairs, Stan Dobbs, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Hayward superintendent, has ruffled some feathers of the San Diego teachers union since taking over as chief financial officer with that district.

Dobbs has also overseen a bond sale in which he was able to secure low interest rates and tax-exempt financing. The $530 million will be used to repair, renovate and revitalize neighborhood San Diego schools.

Current Hayward Superintendent Donald Evans is leaving at the end of June to head up the Berkeley school district. Hayward trustees will be interviewing five candidates for interim superintendent this Saturday.

Last winter, Dobbs gave an interview to the online Voice of San Diego. He made some factual errors, including what teachers are paid, for which San Diego Superintendent William Korba issued an apology. However, an editorial in the San Diego Union-Tribune said that Korba did not challenge Dobbs’ assertion that the school board was essentially picked by and subservient to unions representing district employees.

Dobbs further maintained that union concessions on health benefits could solve many of the San Diego district’s financial problems, according to the Union-Tribune. In San Diego, 92 percent of the district’s budget goes toward salaries and benefits. That compares to 80 to 82 percent in Hayward, Dobbs said in his interview with Voice of San Diego.

During his time in Hayward, Dobbs earned the respect of the teachers union, staff and volunteers. He was at virtually every community event, and he managed to turn finances around so that Hayward schools finished the last two fiscal years in the plus column.