|RPD Activities Update
March 21, 2011
Here is a small sample of some of the recent incidents and activities involving RPD personnel. As you can see, there are few matters that are not complex, dangerous, or challenging in one way or another. We continue to benefit from good observations by community members that help us do our job more effectively. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Chief Chris Magnus
Sunday, March 20, 2011, 5:40 p.m., 2500 Hilltop Mall Rd.--Officers responded to the Mall to take custody of a shoplifter that had been arrested by Macy’s loss prevention personnel. When officers arrived, they learned that a 31 year-old female had stolen items from JC Penney earlier in the day and was released with a citation. This suspect then returned to the mall and went to Macy’s, where loss prevention personnel observed her use a tool to remove the security devices from clothing--then hide the clothing on her person. Officers took custody of the suspect and transported her to the Richmond City Jail. In the pre-booking area at the Jail, she was found to be in possession of numerous pills and a large amount of cash. The suspect exhibited signs of being “under the influence,” so she was transported to the County Hospital to be cleared for incarceration. Officer Wilson conducted the preliminary investigation. Officer Tim Simmons aided with the “Possession for Sale of a Schedule 4 Narcotic” investigation.
Sunday, March 20, 2011, 4:10 p.m., 600 block of 15th St.--Officer Bailey and Officer Brown were dispatched on a report of a stabbing. Investigation revealed that a robbery had just occurred. The victim, a pushcart vendor, was not injured. The officers located and detained a 38 year-old male suspect. This suspect was later booked for Armed Robbery and for a parole hold.
Sunday, March 20, 2011, 4:40 a.m., Marina Way/Macdonald Ave.--Officers Jensen and Bell were traveling west on Macdonald Ave. in the area of Harbour Way when they were flagged down by 61 year-old homeless victim, who was bleeding from the neck. The victim reported he was assaulted by a subject who was still in the area. A 17 year-old juvenile suspect was detained a short distance away. An investigation revealed the suspect approached the homeless victim with casual conversation and then stabbed him in the neck with a kitchen knife for no apparent reason. A broken knife handle was located at the scene. The suspect had a matching kitchen knife in his possession when he was taken into custody. The victim was transported to John Muir Hospital in stable condition. The suspect was transported to Juvenile Hall.
Officer crashes, dies during Palm Springs chase--The Associated Press (This officer was a former RPD Explorer), Published Saturday, Mar. 19, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011, 11:10 a.m., 455 24th St.—Sgt. Schlemmer and several officers responded to Wilson and Kratzer Funeral Home on the report of a large fight. The investigation revealed that the funeral was for a homicide victim that had been killed in the City of Oakland. Several officers monitored the services and assisted at Rolling Hills. RPD was not provided with advance notice of the service.
Saturday, March 19, 2011, 12:25 p.m., 2500 block of Treeside--Officer Parker and Sgt. Schlemmer responded to Treeside and Sunleaf Way on a report of a burglary in progress. Officer Parker detained a juvenile at the scene. Investigation revealed that the suspect was trying to enter a vehicle with a shaved key. The suspect was arrested and later released to his parents.
Thursday, March 11, 2011, 201 Macdonald Ave.—Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department deputies conducted an eviction at the New Life Church. The church members staged a “sit-in” to protest against the eviction. CCSO deputies took the pastor and other members into custody. Protestors reacted by surrounding the deputies, attempting to keep them from leaving with the pastor in their vehicle. CCSO requested back-up from RPD. An RPD sergeant and two officers were sent to “keep the peace”. Officers removed one protestor who was sitting in front of the deputy’s vehicle and the deputies were able to leave the area. The Sheriff’s Department did not provide any notification to RPD prior to making contact at the church.
Complimentary Feedback on Det. Jerred Tong—March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 1:00 p.m., 600 block of Ventura--Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of Ventura on the report of two suspicious juveniles entering the backyard of a residence. The reporting person was a neighbor who provided Dispatch with descriptions of the suspects. Upon arrival, officers noticed that a window had been smashed. One of the suspects tried to flee from the residence and was taken into custody. The other suspect was located inside of the residence and was also taken into custody.