Police dive team at Lake Elizabeth

**Update: Cops this morning said they found a gun in the lake yesterday and have placed it into evidence. No crime has been committed.

If you go walking at Lake Elizabeth today, don’t be alarmed if you see a dive team from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in the water. The group is not searching for a dead body or anything like that. They’re actually searching for a gun that someone reportedly threw in the lake last night.

Here’s the skinny: Someone threatened to commit suicide last night and a roommate of that person took the gun away, drove to Lake Elizabeth and threw it in the water.

Upon hearing this, Fremont police called the county dive team and told them they could use this opportunity as a training exercise. The county agency agreed, and apparently headed out there this morning.


Fremont SWAT surround apartment building

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.

Staff Writer

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.












Cops: `Braves’ bank robber caught

bankrobberbraves.jpgWell, looks like Fremont cops got their guy. Police arrested a 26-year-old man near Mission San Jose Tuesday night in connection with a dozen robberies at banks and check cashing businesses in the Bay Area, eight of which happened in Fremont. These are the cases in which the robber wore an Atlanta Braves baseball cap in recent weeks. See story here.


‘Brave’ Bandit stikes again?

bankrobberbraves.jpgWord on the police scanner is that Milpitas had a bank robbery about 11 a.m. that may have been committed by the guy whose robbed a bunch of banks in Fremont over the last few months. In case you forgot, the guys looks like this. Note the Atlanta Braves baseball cap.

Update (11:39 a.m.): Fremont cops stopped a car (black Honda) with a similar description and ordered the driver out at gunpoint on Interstate 880 near Decoto Road. Turns out it was not the bank robber. Cops still on the lookout for perpetrator.


UPDATE: Bank robber linked to 9 crimes

robber.jpgWell, looks like there is more to this bank robbery than originally thought. Earlier I posted that a bank robbery tthis morning may be linked to a case that happened Tuesday. As it turns out, police think the robber may be responsible for NINE such crimes in the area since November. There’s a new story on our Web site, but just incase the site doesn’t show the surveillance picture. Here it is …


Reporter’s Notebook: Urango Trial 2/13

The following are tidbits and outtakes that didn’t make it into recent stories about the trial of Manuel David Urango, the man charged with killing Alia Ansari in Fremont’s Glenmoor neighborhood in October 2006. The trial started in mid-January and is expected to last through the end of the month.

Session date: Feb. 13, 2008

Daughter’s interview:

Jurors watched the first 30 minutes of a 45-minute long videotaped interview in which Ansari’s daughter is asked about her mother’s killing. The video, which appears to be shot from the ceiling of a playroom, opens with the interviewer walking in with the daughter, who was 3 years and 11 months at the time, and asking her about certain colors. The girl does not know the difference between black and white. At one the girl pointed to the interviewer’s skirt and said it was red. It was actually black. Continue Reading


Reporter’s notebook: Urango trial 2/11

The following are tidbits and outtakes that didn’t make it into recent stories about the trial of Manuel David Urango, the man charged with killing Alia Ansari in Fremont’s Glenmoor neighborhood in October 2006. The trial started in mid-January, is expected to continue on Wednesday and could last through the end of the month.

Session date: Feb. 11, 2008 

Prosecutor Jerry Herman has been using his laptop computer and a projector to display images on a screen for jurors and witnesses. Delivery driver Rodney White was asked to look at the screen and he had a hard time finding the area of Farwell Drive and Truman Court, where he witnessed a shooting a day before Ansari died, on the map. “I’m telling you, this is a terrible map,” White said, alluding the fact that the aerial image was blurry. After Herman focused the image, a juror then quipped, “you should have done that a couple weeks ago.”

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Reporting remotely

For much of the last three months I’ve been on the road so to say. Typically I’d write my crime stories from a desktop computer in a building formerly inhabited by PG&E. (Seriously, it was.) But since the beginning of December I have been filing from various hallways, cold corners, stairwells and uncomfortable benches at two different courthouses using my laptop …


This is actually a picture of the hallway at the Thomas J. Cahill Hall of Justice from which I filed my stories in December and January about Omeed Aziz Popal, the Fremont resident charged in the August 2006 hit and run spree.

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