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Crime Log: Homeless Couple Arrested After Refusing to Leave McDonald’s Playground; Mourners Disturb Peace At Memorial Event

Brief reports on crimes that occurred in Newark from Oct. 13-22.

The following is a summary of significant crime and incidents reported in Newark between Oct. 13 and Oct. 22 as released by the Newark Police Department.

SATURDAY, OCT. 13

Woman Steals from TJ Maxx, Evades Police

A 46-year-old Oakland woman evaded officers after stealing from TJ Maxx. Store security alerted police at about 8:45 p.m. that a woman did a “grab and run” and fled in a getaway car. An arriving officer located the getaway vehicle. Police said the driver started throwing stolen merchandise from the car before stopping on the freeway just south of Mowry Avenue exit. When the officer started giving her verbal commands, she drove away but the officer did not pursue her. The suspect is believed to be a 46-year-old Oakland woman. The complaint of charges — burglary, evading police and destruction of evidence — has been sent to the district attorney’s office.

Drunk Driver Arrested After Crashing Into Parked Car

A 67-year-old Newark man was arrested after crashing into a parked car on Edgewater Boulevard. Police said the man hit the car at 11 p.m. and attempted to leave the scene. He was located near his home and arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.

SUNDAY, OCT. 14

Chemicals That Strip Gold Found in Parolee's Truck

A Brisbane man was arrested after police found numerous tubs of chemicals and a “chemical recipe” that indicated an operation of a meth lab in his truck. But contrary to what police originally thought, investigators learned that the chemicals found “were to extract gold from computer chips.” Police said officers were called around noon after someone reported a possible illegal dumping of materials. When first contacted, the driver of the vehicle – identified as Vincent Suedise, 39, of Brisbane – refused to let authorities search him for weapons but police saw a knife in his back pocket and after a struggle, Suedise, who is a parole-at-large with a history of drugs was detained.

Read the full report here.

Stolen Vehicles

A red Honda Civic was stolen from the area of Fair and Thornton avenues. The vehicle was last seen at 11 p.m. and is described as a 1989 four-door red Honda Civic with license plate number 2TBU434.

A car was stolen from the Public Storage on Fircrest Street. The car was stolen between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. It was described as a red 1988 Cadillac with license plate number 2KMT849.

MONDAY, OCT. 15

Vandals Break Into Ray’s Crab Shack, Don’t Steal Anything

Unknown suspects broke into to Ray’s Crab Shack but didn’t steal anything, police said. Officers responded to the restaurant, located at 5989 Mowry Ave., at 5:33 a.m. and found an open door but no suspects were inside. Through their investigation, officers discovered that the suspects kicked open a wooden fence and pried a door open. However, there didn’t appear to be any loss, only damage to the building.

Man Attacks Officer, Resists Arrest

A 26-year-old Newark man was arrested after resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer. Officers responded to a report of a person under the influence of drugs at an apartment on the 36900 block of Mulberry Street at about 10:30 p.m. When police arrived, the man became upset and started fighting with officers. During the fight, the suspect punched an officer but was eventually subdued. He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

TUESDAY, OCT. 16

Mourners Disturb Peace During Memorial Event

A memorial event for a resident who died in a car accident in Atlanta was shut down after police received several disturbance reports. Police received multiple calls at around 8:20 p.m. that attendees of the large gathering at the intersection of Lido Boulevard and Normandy Boulevard were walking in and out of traffic, tossing bottles and yelling a passing motorists. Several police units responded to the area and shut down the event after receiving three more disturbance calls. The mourners left without incident.

FRIDAY, OCT. 19

Man Arrested for Car Theft After Suspicious Vehicle Report

A 22-year-old Newark man was arrested after police followed up on a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Ash Street and Sunset Avenue. Officers responded to the scene at about 6:50 a.m. As police arrived, two people fled from the vehicle and jumped fences. Officers learned the vehicle was stolen out of Hayward and set up a perimeter. Police captured one of the suspects and arrested him on suspicion of possession of a stolen property.

SUNDAY, OCT. 21

Three Stockton men were arrested after attempting to steal catalytic converters. A resident reported someone trying to steal a catalytic converter from under his neighbor’s car at about 5:30 a.m., not knowing that his had just been stolen from his vehicle as well. The suspects left the area in a minivan but were located by an officer nearby. Inside the minivan were 24 freshly cut catalytic converters, various pipe-cutting tools and meth pipes.

Read the full report here.

MONDAY, OCT. 22

Homeless Couple Arrested After Refusing to Leave McDonald’s Playground

A homeless couple was arrested after hopping a locked fence into a McDonald’s children’s playground and refusing to leave. Police responded to the call at 1 a.m. where they found the couple, a 25-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, to be under the influence of methamphetamine. The male suspect was also in violation of a restraining order and believed to be in possession of hypodermic needles and burglary tools. Both were arrested and booked at Fremont jail.

Any person with any information concerning these incidents can contact the Newark Police Department's non-emergency line at 510-578-4237 or can call the Silent Witness Hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

Follow the Newark Police Department at nixle.com.

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