Police hope selfie will lead to robber's arrest
A picture is said to be worth a thousand words, but in this case police are hoping that a selfie of a robbery suspect taken with a victim's stolen cellphone camera will lead to his and an accomplice's arrest.
The robbery happened in August in East Oakland, but so far investigators have not been able to identify the smiling bandit and are hoping that releasing the picture to the media will help lead to his arrest, Officer Omar Daza-Quiroz said.
Police said a 42-year-old Oakland woman was walking her dog in the 2100 block of East 28th Street about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 when a white SUV, possibly a Dodge Durango, pulled up next to her.
The two occupants both had guns and demanded her gold necklace and other valuables, threatening to shoot her if she did not comply, Daza-Quiroz said. She gave them the necklace and her cellphone, and the men drove off.
Sometime after the robbery, one of the suspects took a picture of himself on the cellphone. The woman saw it while looking on her computer iCloud account the next day and turned it over to police.
Daza-Quiroz said police think the men might be responsible for similar street robberies both before and since the woman was targeted.
The suspect pictured is black, 17 to 21, about 5-foot-4 and 150 pounds with a dark complexion, short black hair and brown eyes. He had solid gold upper and lower teeth.
The other suspect is black, 17 to 21, 6 feet and 150 pounds with a dark complexion, short black hair and brown eyes.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering as much as $2,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.
Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
AC Transit union votes on tentative contract
Nearly 2,000 AC Transit bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical workers and others voted Friday on their third labor agreement in six months.
Amalgamated Transit Local 192 members rejected the past two deals between union negotiators and the transit agency, reportedly over provisions that required them to pay more for their pensions and health insurance.
Details of the third tentative agreement, reached last week, have not been publicly released.
Voting was scheduled to take place in multiple locations through early evening. The union has not said when it will announce the results.
-- Lisa Vorderbrueggen, Staff
Sixth consecutive Spare the Air alert issued
The string of Bay Area burn bans will continue Saturday for a sixth consecutive day, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials announced Friday.
The Spare the Air Alert, the 21st since the season began Nov. 1, prohibits burning wood, manufactured fire logs or solid fuels either indoors or outdoors for 24 hours, including in fireplaces, wood stoves, pellets or fire pits.
First-time violators may be subject to a $100 fine or be given the option of taking a wood-smoke awareness class. Subsequent violations will result in fines of $500 or more.
According to the district, the continued alerts are the result of a high pressure system trapping fine particulate matter in the region, making air quality polluted and unhealthy.
The Winter Spare the Air season extends until Feb. 28.
-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff
Man fatally shot outside elementary school
A 26-year-old man was fatally shot Friday morning while driving a car in West Oakland.
Aubert Gholston was shot about 11:15 a.m. inside the moving Chevrolet, which crashed into a light pole outside Prescott Elementary School, authorities said. The school, at 920 Campbell St., was not in session when the shooting occurred. Police did not have a motive for the shooting, and no arrests have been made. It was not known if the man was shot by someone standing on the street or from another vehicle.
The shooting marks the 87th homicide of the year in Oakland.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Suspect arrested after high-speed police chase
A police pursuit involving spike strips, K-9 units and a California Highway Patrol helicopter led to the arrest this week of a man wanted on suspicion of attempted homicide.
The chase, which took place about 2 p.m. Tuesday in Union City, stemmed from a Nov. 24 shooting at the Motel 6 at 46101 Research Ave. in Fremont, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.
During the November shooting, a handful of witnesses reported hearing gunshots fired at the motel, Bosques said, but no victims or suspects were located despite the recovery of a bloody T-shirt.
Earlier this month, officers who conducted an unrelated arrest operation located the victim from the Motel 6 shooting, Bosques said. The victim still had a bullet in his arm but had not sought medical attention, police said.
Officers identified Matthew Anthony Rossi, 29, of San Jose, and William Turner, 31, of Union City, as the suspects in the shooting, Bosques said.
Rossi has been in police custody since Dec. 5 on an unrelated matter after Fremont police tracked him to a Union City home. At the time of his arrest, Bosques said, investigators were not aware of his suspected involvement in the motel shooting.
After identifying Turner as the second suspect involved in the shooting, Fremont officers spotted him driving a stolen vehicle Tuesday near Mission Boulevard and Tamarack Drive in Union City. After a high-speed chase that included spike strips, a CHP helicopter and several K-9 units, the suspect surrendered without incident. He was booked at the Fremont Police Department Detention Facility on suspicion of attempted homicide, kidnapping, false imprisonment, parole and probation violations, reckless evading police and resisting arrest.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Emergency vehicle, car collide at intersection
An Alameda County Fire Department vehicle on an emergency call and a car collided Thursday afternoon, sending both drivers to the hospital, police said.
The fire department SUV had its emergency lights and siren on when it collided with a Toyota Corolla just before 5 p.m. at Paseo Padre Parkway and Decoto Road, said police Sgt. Mark Dang. The male battalion chief who was driving the SUV and the female driver of the Toyota were treated for their injuries and released, he said. Both were driving alone.
The crash blocked the intersection for six hours.
-- Rebecca Parr, Staff