Police investigate assault on man, 82
Police are investigating an assault on Christmas Eve involving an 82-year-old man who was found near Oakland High School with multiple facial injuries and broken ribs.
The man, Phuc Pham, was found about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24 near the intersection of Park Boulevard and East 28th Street, police said.
Investigators believe he was assaulted in the area of Ninth Avenue and East 28th Street and was able to make it to where he was found before collapsing.
Police don't have suspect information or motive, but have released a photo of Pham in case anybody may have seen him that night.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information can call police at 510-238-3426 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Teen charged with New Year's Eve killing
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder and will be prosecuted as an adult in the fatal shooting on New Year's Eve of a 21-year-old woman in East Oakland, authorities said Tuesday.
Authorities said Dashawn Cooper is charged with killing Ashlee Walker, of Oakland, a college student and fast-food restaurant worker. She was shot while in a car with three other people who had stopped about 9:15 p.m. Dec. 31 in the 2000 block of 22nd Avenue.
Cooper is also charged with three counts of attempted murder because of the other people in the car, none of whom were wounded.
Police said Cooper has denied being involved in the shooting.
Officer Rob Rosin said Cooper lived in the area of the shooting and did not know any of the people in the car. He said police are still trying to determine the motive for the shooting.
The three other people in the car -- two men and a woman who police said were all "hanging out" for New Year's Eve -- drove Walker to Highland Hospital where she died.
Rosin said witnesses were found after the shooting who helped identify Cooper as the suspect. He was arrested Thursday night near his home. He is being held at Juvenile Hall in San Leandro.
Walker's death was the 92nd and last homicide of 2013.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Police searching for bank robber
A man robbed a bank in Fremont on Monday morning, authorities said.
The suspect walked into U.S. Bank at 38980 Paseo Padre Parkway around 10:25 a.m. and handed a bank employee a note demanding money, according to Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
The bank employee complied.
The man was last seen leaving the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The man, who was captured on the bank's video surveillance, is black, about 25 to 35 years old, between 5-foot-9 and 6-foot-1 and weighs about 175 to 195 pounds.
He is seen in the surveillance photos wearing a black hooded jacket with a white logo over the left breast side and a gray lining in the hood.
No weapons were seen or used during the robbery, according to police. Anyone with information on the robbery or who recognizes the suspect is asked to contact Detective Travis MacDonald at Tmacdonald@fremont.gov or call 510-790-6900.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Man shot Jan. 4 succumbs to wounds
A man shot Jan. 4 in the Fruitvale district died from his wounds Tuesday morning, police said.
Police are still trying to confirm the man's name and contact relatives. He is believed to be an Oakland resident.
The shooting happened about 3:25 a.m. Jan. 4 in the 3600 block of International Boulevard. The man died about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at Highland Hospital.
Officer Nick Calonge said the man apparently got into an argument with someone and was shot.
Police don't have a motive for the shooting and no arrests have been made.
The man's death is the city's second homicide of the year.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Ex-Cal student dies in fall from beach cliff
A Bay Area woman who fell to her death while posing for a photo while visiting a San Diego beach-side cliff had worked as an AmeriCorps Fellow in Bay Point and had attended UC Berkeley before leaving for graduate school.
Bachman, 25, had been living in the Chicago area and studying for a master's degree in urban planning and policy at University of Illinois, Chicago, the school's spokesman Sam Hostettler told the U-T San Diego newspaper.
Bachman, who grew up in Cotati, was posing for photographs taken by her sister Gail, 29, at 5:19 p.m. when she stepped too close to the edge of a cliff at the south end of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, according to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
"The soil gave way and she fell to her death," said her father, Richard Bachman, by telephone from San Diego on Monday, according to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
Bachman's death was accidental, he said, and a San Diego police official said it was "just a tragedy," according to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.
Several bystanders tried to revive Bachman, but she was declared dead when paramedics arrived.
Bachman was an AmeriCorps Fellow with Habitat for Humanity in 2011-2012.
"Anna Bachman was a superstar among AmeriCorps members. She (helped) families reach their goal of homeownership through Habitat's program and leading our neighborhood revitalization efforts in the Bay Point community," Janice Jensen, president and chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, wrote in an email.
-- Eve Mitchell, Staff, Associated Press and McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Former state tax auditor sentenced
A former tax auditor hired by the state after his conviction for child molestation two decades ago was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in state prison after admitting he sexually abused a 9-year-old boy who was part of his family, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said.
Judge Jacob Blea handed Timothy Rodriguez his sentence one day before his 49th birthday as part of an agreement, after Rodriguez pleaded guilty to one count of continuous sexual abuse against the boy, said an Alameda County DA spokeswoman Stephanie Chan. Rodriguez pleaded guilty on Nov. 27, 2½ months after originally entering a not-guilty plea.
He will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life as part of the sentencing.
Rodriguez was arrested at his Livermore home on Aug. 5 after the boy detailed five incidents of abuse since 2010, when the boy was 6 years old. Prosecutors said the boy reported that in all five instances, Rodriguez grabbed his hands and/or feet and rubbed them against his genitals. Three of the instances occurred in Livermore and two occurred at the boy's home out of state, court documents showed.
Prosecutors said Rodriguez violated a position of trust and noted that because of marriage, he was a member of the accuser's family. They said the boy considered him a grandfather. Rodriguez also was convicted of molesting an 8-year-old in Fremont in 1989, less than one year before he became a tax auditor for the State Board of Equalization. He held that position for the next 23 years.
Officials at the State Board of Equalization did not return a call seeking comment.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff