There is a report on the Web site for one of our local television stations that mentions a man being arrested in Fremont on suspicion of rape in Mexico. What the report fails to mention is that this is Fremont, Neb. Yes, Nebraska, as in clear across the country. The report was not produced by said television station though, so it’s not their fault per se. It was written (or re-written) by a local wire service. Here is the original short story as printed in the Omaha World-Herald. Figured I’d let our good readers know what’s going on before they think we’re slippin’.
UPDATE: 3:45 p.m. Man is 40 and was ARRESTED on suspicion of two charges, brandishing a weapon and making terrorist threats. NOTE: In this context, “making terrorist threats” only means that the guy threatened to harm someone. It DOES NOT mean the alternative definition of “terrorist threats” as we’ve come to know in the last decade or so …
UPDATE: 3:25 p.m.: New story has been posted. There will be a final version posted later.
UPDATE: 3:05 p.m.: Confirmed, the man has surrendered.
UPDATE: 3 p.m.: The man apparently has just surrendered to authorities. More to come …
UPDATE: 2:44 p.m.: The man is still in his apartment, and the building in question apparently has been evacuated, although this is unconfirmed at this point.
By Ben Aguirre Jr.
FREMONT — The Fremont police SWAT team has surrounded an apartment building on Guardino Way between Stevenson Boulevard and Walnut Avenue today after a resident of the complex was seen threatening people with a gun, authorities said.
No one has been hurt, police said. However, the gunman apparently brandished a weapon while arguing with two people who were working on the roof at the complex, Fremont police Detective Bill Veteran said.
Officers were called to the building about 11:15 a.m. and have been on scene for almost an hour and a half.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, apparently has barricaded himself inside an apartment and covered a window with a blanket, police said.
By Ben Aguirre Jr.
FREMONT — An 81-year-old woman who was reported missing Monday evening has been found.
The woman, who suffers from dementia, was reported missing about 5:30 p.m. when she failed to return home from her job as a crossing guard.
She was located safe several hours later inside a Blockbuster video rental store in Irvington, police said.
I received a few calls this weekend about a street near The Hub being closed Saturday morning. From what I can tell, it looks like a pedestrian was killed by a vehicle that fled the scene. I’m trying to pin down details, but that’s what appears to have been going on. I’ll update when I get further.
I attended a gang and drug awareness info meeting at Washington High last night, put on by members of the Fremont PD and Southern Alameda County gang task force. Here are a few stats I picked up from the meeting:
* There are 3,105 known gang members in Fremont, Newark, Union City and parts of Hayward as of last month.
* About 98 to 99 percent of these gang members reside here.
* About 230 of these gang members are 14 to 17 years old.
* Some gang members are as young as 9 years old.
Figured someone might find this mildly amusing.
During a vigil held last night for a 2007 slaying victim, several shots rang out and police eventually stopped a man — 19 years old — who was driving away from the scene. As soon as he gets out of his car, he starts talking nonsense to the cops and says, “I wish I had enough money to hire Johnny Cochran to sue your asses.” Um, Cochrane’s been dead since.
Anyway, turns out the man was arrested for DUI, and nothing related to the shooting. No one was hurt in the incident, by the way. There will be a story in the paper tomorrow.
Every wanted to get even with someone by paying your debt in the form of pennies? You’re not alone. Check out this guy from Santa Cruz who tried to pay three $100 parking tickets in pennies. What a great story. Wish someone tried this around here so I could write about it. Ha.
If you were driving near American High School today about 2 p.m., you probably noticed the large number of police officers roving the area. Police detained at least 20 people and stopped an apparent gang fight before it started.
Note to thieves: Upgrade in transportation may increase chances of escape. Read.
The Fremont Bulletin, a sister paper to The Argus, had a story about Fremont police wanting closed campuses to help deal with gang issues at schools. Click here to read it.
I wanted to go to this meeting on Monday, but I wasn’t able to get out of the office in time.