Day-by-day crimes, normally published here, are unavailable this week as the Newark police department installs a new network reporting system. Once up-and-running, Patch will continue its reporting, as usual. Meanwhile, we bring you police news and releases from Newark and surrounding cities.
Saturday, Aug. 24
- Three arrested in Fremont McDonald’s armed robbery. Masked gunmen shoved workers at a Fremont McDonald's into a walk-in refrigerator during a robbery Saturday night. More here.
- Five Fremont officers subdue alleged LSD-fueled robber. The suspect attempted to steal a cell phone from a victim before fighting a police officer in Fremont. Details.
- Burglars posing as city employees hit Fremont, Union City. In two separate incidents, a woman claimed to be checking for a snake infestation to distract residents while an accomplice burglarized the home. Story here.
- Neighbors on Magnolia Street joined together to make their community safer with a Neighborhood Watch group. If you would like to start a Neighborhood Watch in your area, please contact, Tim Jones, Special Assistant, Community Engagement Division, (510) 578-4209 or email@example.com
- Man convicted in deadly SUV rampage sentenced to mental hospital. Omeed Popal, 36, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree murder after killing a pedestrian in Fremont and running down numerous others in San Francisco in 2006. More here.
- Man stabbed in Union City's Eastin Elementary parking lot. The 28-year-old victim sustained life-threatening injuries. More here.
- Newark police seek volunteers. R.A.V.E.N. volunteers assist in a variety of Newark Police Department assignments, from traffic to graffiti abatement. Details here.
- More neighbors watching. Bettencourt Street residents are the most recent to form a Neighborhood Watch with the Newark Police Department. If you would like to start a group, contact: Tim Jones, Special Assistant Community Engagement Division, (510) 578-4209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Singer seeks $5M in damages for attack during Trayvon Martin dedication. Blues singer Lester Chambers, 73, was attacked while performing on-stage at the Hayward Blues Festival on July 13. Story here.
- Countywide DUI crackdown nets 11 arrests. The sweep was part of a crackdown on drunk driving leading up to the Labor Day holiday weekend. Story here.
- UCPD seeks help from public. Union City Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify a possible indecent exposure suspect. More here.
- Fatal limo fire blamed on mechanical failure. A multi-agency investigation of the limousine fire that killed five women on the San Mateo Bridge on May 4, 2013 found that the blaze was caused by a failure of the suspension system causing friction between the drive shaft and floorboard. More here.
- Shoplifters. Theft citations issued included: two Fremont individuals, 52 and 38, at Macy's at 4:18 p.m.; and at 6:17 p.m. at NewPark Mall's JC Penney store a Newark male, 20.
- Domestic violence, stolen cars and meth. A couple scuffling at 12:42 p.m. near the Tortilla Factory, Thornton Avenue, led to a stolen Lexus and SUV, and the arrests of a Granite Bay woman, 44, for possession of stolen property, meth and resisting arrest, and a Newark man, 40, for stolen property and domestic violence. Witnesses reported the pair were fighting, with the man striking the woman as she sat inside a white SUV. They both got into a gold Lexus and the male then dragged the female by her hair from the car. Once she was out, the male fled in the gold vehicle. The caller gave a license number for the white SUV -- which was listed as stolen. When officers arrived at the Tortilla Factory, the female attempted to run but was detained. The male was later found hiding in the backyard of the Psychic Center on Thornton. There was stolen property in the white SUV. The gold Lexus, also stolen, was located in a Mulberry Street driveway.
Any person with any information concerning these incidents can contact the non-emergency line at 510-578-4237. Information can also be left anonymously on the “silent witness” hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.