Oops! Man accidentally booked on murder charge

UPDATE 2 (Thursday, 11:20 a.m.): Looks like the issue has been fixed.

UPDATE: It’s probably worth noting that this is Alameda County booking records, not Union City police.

When I got into work today, I decided to check the status of Angel James Mendez, the the man arrested yesterday in that shooting in Union City  that left a mother of two wounded inside her own home. Imagine how I felt when I saw the image above. Records showed the man was booked on a charge of murder (PC 187 F), not attempted murder (PC 187/664 F), as police had said.

In other words, it appeared that the woman had died. Well, that is NOT the case. This looks to be nothing more than a clerical error as the victim is still alive, according to two sources. Looks like Mendez’s case is scheduled to be reviewed by prosecutors on Thursday morning, and Mendez will make a court appearance in the afternoon if he is charged with any crimes.


Mom shot in Union City apartment while kids were home

UPDATE: (3:05 p.m.) First version on the Web site.


Story should be online momentarily, but a 25-year-old mom was shot and wounded this morning in a Union City apartment during an argument with her husband. Cops say two children were home at the time (and the mother of the suspect), but none of them were hurt. Woman is expected to live, although she is undergoing surgery as I write this.