Newark Crime News of the Weekend

Source: Newark Police Department

January 11, 2013

0742 Hours: Officer Allum investigated a suspicious vehicle at the EZ-8 Motel and discovered it had been involved in a hit and run collision the night prior. Officer Allum located the responsible person, Victor Suarez-Meza, DOB 05/11/85 (Concord). He was issued a citation for 20002 VC- hit and run. Suarez-Meza also had a traffic warrant for his arrest. He was issued a new court date for the warrant.

1145 Hours: Officers responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred at Public Storage, 38290 Cedar Blvd. The suspects: #1 possibly a Black Male Adult, 6’0”, 190 lbs., wearing a dark hooded sweat jacket, dark pants and dark shoes, along with #2 possibly a Black Male Adult, 5’11”, 190 lbs., wearing a green or greyish colored hooded sweat jacket with white sleeves, unknown colored pants, entered the business and had the clerk lie on the floor while Suspect #1 held a black semi-automatic pistol at her. Both suspects had their faces covered. The suspects took cash from the drawer, approx. $100.00. The suspects fled northbound on Cedar Blvd in a black car.

1251 Hours: Officer Cerini conducted a traffic stop and arrested Michelle Concepion, DOB 11/03/69 (Newark) for 11377(a) H&S- possession of drugs and 11364.1 H&S possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked at the Fremont Jail.

1617 hours Officer Revay responded to JC Penny and accepted their Citizen’s Arrest of Catherine Flores, DOB 09/25/91 (Hayward). Flores was arrested for 484(a) PC- petty theft and issued a Notice to Appear.

1912 Hours: A homeowner from a residence on the 37000 block of Spruce Street called to report there was an unknown person on the roof of a residence. As officers responded the area, the unknown suspect was reportedly seen attempting to cover a flood light on the south side of the residence. Once the suspect was seen by the caller, he fled west into backyard of the residence. A perimeter was set and a yard search commenced. “Ares” indicated on a scent in the north/west corner of the backyard and officers located freshly trampled grass in the same area. Additional yards were searched on Spruce, Thornton, and Poplar to no avail.

According to a witness an older model, gold Saturn (unknown plate) was seen in the neighborhood earlier in the afternoon; occupied by at least two unknown males not known to the area. The suspect in this incident was described as a Hispanic Male and was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket.

2147 Hours: Officer Norvell arrested Bruce Meiers (02/27/1956) Transient, for 245 PC- assault with a deadly weapon. Bruce stole a can of beer from Safeway. Once confronted by an employee, Bruce threw the can at the employee’s face causing a laceration. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Bruce was transported to Santa Rita Jail.

January 12, 2013

1013 Hours: Officer Neithercutt conducted a traffic stop and issued a citation to Gustavo Ayala, DOB 01/17/93 (Newark) for 23222(b) VC- possession of marijuana in a vehicle.

1112 Hours: Officers Ramos and Johnson contacted Gabriel McClements, DOB 09/26/90 (San Jose) at NewPark Mall and arrested him on his felony Grand Theft warrant. He was booked at the Fremont Jail.

1118 Hours: Officer Cerini made contact with Darryl Bernard, DOB 10/09/86 (Newark) at Cedar Blvd. and Breton Dr. Bernard had a felony warrant for his arrest and fled on foot. Bernard ran through several streets before being located near Chase Bank on Jarvis Ave., where he gave up. Bernard was arrested for his felony 11377(a) H&S- possession of drugs warrant and for 148(a)(1) PC- resisting arrest. He was booked at the Fremont Jail.

2116 Hours: Officer Smith investigated a domestic violence incident that occurred at a wedding reception inside the Newark Pavilion. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of Police at the scene.

2117 Hours: After responding to a call of a disturbance at the E-Z-8 Motel, Officer Bloom arrested Darrin Mottram/DOB: 06-02-71 (of Hayward) for being drunk in public. Mottram was booked at FPD Jail.

2210 Hours: Officers responded to a possible residential burglary in progress at a residence on Lobelia Dr. Several residents noticed suspicious activity in the area and called the police. Upon arrival at the scene, Officers confirmed a burglary was in progress and located two getaway vehicles parked in front of the residence. Each of the getaway vehicles was occupied by a suspect, in addition to the other suspects still inside of the residence. As Officers set up a perimeter around the scene, simultaneously both getaway vehicles fled and one suspect exited the residence and jumped over a backyard fence. Both getaway vehicles were quickly stopped and the suspect who jumped the fence was confronted by an Officer causing him to jump back over the fence into the victim’s yard again. As the rest of the suspects exited the residence into the backyard, they were taken into custody. One of the suspects (later determined to be a 17-year-old juvenile) was apprehended by Officer Jackman’s K-9 partner “Eliot” after refusing to comply with commands and attempting to flee. Inside the residence, Officers located a large gun safe that the suspects had knocked onto the ground and were attempting to pry open with sledge hammers and crowbars. Arrested for burglary charges were the following:

Sigfredo Reyes/DOB: 07-22-88 (of Fremont)
Lorenzo Bridges-Hipolito/DOB: 12-17-91 (of San Lorenzo)
Juan Garcia/DOB: 06-23-92 (of Hayward)
Jorge Gonzalez/DOB: 03-07-94 (of East Palo Alto)
17 year old male JUVENILE

Gonzalez was one of the getaway drivers and was also arrested for possession of Cocaine and a Felony Burglary Warrant. Garcia was the other getaway driver and was also arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon since he attempted to run over Officer Jackman as he fled the scene. The adult suspects were all booked at FPD Jail and the juvenile suspect was booked at Juvenile Hall.

January 13, 2013

0809 Hours: This victim had originally called on 01/12/13, however due to the residential burglary call on Lobelia Dr. the victim decided to call back this morning. Officer Rodgers responded to a residence on the 6600 block of Normandy Dr. to investigate a residential burglary that occurred on 01/12/12 between the hours of 1230 hours and 2130 hours. Entry was made through an open bathroom window. The residence was ransacked. The loss at this time is jewelry.

1004 Hours: Officer S. Eriksen contacted James Belrose, DOB 06/06/67 (Fremont) near Albyn Ct. and Olive St. Belrose was arrested for 11364 H&S- possession of drug paraphernelia. He was issued a citation.

1409 Hours: Officer Cerini conducted a traffic stop on Thornton Ave. and arrested Sandra Zambrano, DOB 05/07/89 (San Francisco) for 4462.5 VC- false registration on a vehicle.

2026 Hours: Officer Ramos followed up on information from last night’s burglary arrest and recovered a stolen vehicle parked near DeVry University in Fremont. This vehicle had been taken during a residential burglary in San Mateo. San Mateo PD was notified and took custody of the vehicle for evidence processing related to their ongoing investigation

Any person with any information concerning these incidents or other 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.

Chris DeBenedetti

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