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Fremont Crime News of the Day

The first item in today’s blotter is alarming. It’s a report saying that a guy was checking out children near Mahoney Elementary with binoculars. The parents of Michaela Garecht or Sierra LaMar can tell you firsthand that there’s no such thing as “too vigilant” on these types of reports. The suspect description doesn’t give us much to work with — white man, 30s, dark jacket in a brown van — but if you see anything suspicious near local schools, don’t hesitate to tell school officials or call police at 510-790-6800, ext. 0. Here’s the blotter:

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Incidents 304 Reports 44

#012: Suspicious male in a brown van parked on Kimbro St. seen looking at kids at Maloney Elementary through binoculars. This occurred at about 0930 hours. When the custodian approached, the male drove off. White male in his ‘30’s wearing a dark jacket.

#029 – CarJacking – Centerville Saw and Tool – Peralta Blvd.
Employees call to advise an elderly male had just been carjacked in the lot. Turns out the suspect (WF29) had started an altercation with three females across the street who were now chasing after her. The suspect jumped into the victim vehicle, forcing the victim out of the car. The three original battery victims intervened and attempted to help the elderly male. Unfortunately the suspect got the car keys and fled the area westbound. A short time later hit and run calls came in from Fremont/Decoto and Fremont/Ferry with the second location being an assault with a deadly weapon, as the suspect rammed the victim vehicle multiple times. S.N.A.R.E. was invoked and Hayward picked up the vehicle near 2nd and “B” street where the driver did another hit and run to get away. A pursuit was initiated and ended with the vehicle crashing into a F150 pick up. The suspect foot bailed, and was ultimately arrested. (One in custody – six crime scenes – two jurisdictions). Lead investigation by Ofc. N. Johnson.

#001, 002, 003: Ofc. Contrada is dispatched to the Sundale South Apartments for a report of an auto burglary. Ofc. Contrada discovers two additional auto burglaries. An HM and WM suspect were scared off by Security prior to PD arrival.

#008: Units are dispatched to Gilbert Ct. on a report of subjects attempting to break into multiple cars. The R/P then advised that he was following the suspects who fled the scene after he scared them off. The R/P lost the vehicle in the area of Stevenson and Paseo Padre. No crime could be substantiated and it appears as if the suspects had only been trying car door handles. Case investigated by Ofc. Gilfoy.

#006: Ofc. Settle is dispatched to a report of a stolen vehicle that just occurred at 46800 Crawford St. R/P reported that his work truck (white Ford with “All State Plumbing” markings and two ladders) had been stolen within 2-3 minutes. The vehicle is SNARE’d and Newark PD picks up the vehicle N/B 880 at Thornton. NPD conducts a high-risk stop at Harder and Soto in Hayward. A 40 yr old male is arrested for CVC 10851 (Auto theft).

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Chris DeBenedetti