Felon ordered to trial in woman's slaying
A 35-year-old man on Wednesday was ordered to trial on murder charges in the fatal stabbing of a Berkeley woman in an East Oakland apartment.
Berkeley resident Jamaal Prince is accused of killing his acquaintance, 26-year-old Jennifer "Jessica" Kingeter, during some kind of dispute on Dec. 28, 2012. There are said to be no witnesses to the stabbing to which Prince allegedly confessed.
The killing occurred while Prince was on parole on an assault conviction for beating and choking his mother in 2010.
Prince returns to court for his post preliminary hearing arraignment on Jan. 30. He is being jailed without bail.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff
Woman in wheelchair hit crossing street
A woman in a wheelchair was critically injured Tuesday when she was struck by a van while she was crossing a busy downtown street, police said.
Officers were called at 3:56 p.m. to the intersection of B and Third streets for a report of a person hit by a vehicle, said Sgt. Mark Ormsby.
The 59-year-old Hayward resident was using a wheelchair to cross Third Street when a 1990s white Dodge conversion van traveling west on B Street struck her in a crosswalk, Ormsby said.
The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for a broken pelvis, broken ribs and a collapsed lung, police said.
The van's driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, police said.
Police said the woman was not dependent on the wheelchair but was simply using it to cross the street because it was easier for her.
Police said Wednesday that she was expected to survive.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Bank of America branch robbed
A man with a gun robbed a Bank of America branch here early Tuesday, police said.
About 9 a.m., police responded to the bank at 1925 Marina Blvd., after a man with a handgun demanded money and then took off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.
Lt. Randall Brandt said police need the community's help locating the man, who should be considered armed and dangerous, Brandt said.
The suspect is described as a black man about 25 years old, 6 feet tall, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and jeans. A getaway car was not seen.
Anyone with information should call the San Leandro Police Department's criminal investigations unit at 510-577-3230 or the anonymous tip line at 510-577-3278.
-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff
Masked gunmen tie up resident in home
Masked gunmen tied up a man during a daytime home invasion in the Mission Valley neighborhood this week and made off with cash and jewelry, police said.
The man was able to escape unharmed, police said.
Officers were called at 1:55 p.m. Monday to the 44000 block of Linda Vista Road for a report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.
The man told officers that two men approached him outside his home, held him at gunpoint and demanded cash and jewelry, police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.
The gunmen then took the man into the house, stole several items and tied him up. After the gunmen left, the man was able to free himself and call police, Bosques said.
Police described both men as black, ages 18 to 20 and about 5-foot-10. The first man wore a black or gray jacket with a hood and a black ski mask over his face. His accomplice wore a light-blue jacket with a hood and a black or gray ski mask over his face.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Parolee charged in fatal stabbing of man
A man on parole for a 2011 Fremont robbery has been charged in the Dec. 7 robbery and fatal stabbing of a man in East Oakland, authorities said.
Matthew Howard, 34, of Oakland, is charged with murder and the special circumstance that the killing happened during a robbery.
He is suspected of killing Zhao Quan Lin, 52, of Oakland, who was attacked Dec. 7 in the 1200 block of East 20th Street, where he had gone to visit friends, police said.
Officer Nick Calonge said police have evidence that Howard followed Lin to the area from another location. He said the motive for the attack was robbery, but police have not been able to determine whether anything was taken.
Police said Howard has denied the killing. He is being held without bail and is scheduled to enter a plea to the charges on Thursday.
Howard was arrested on a parole violation Dec. 20 while police continued to investigate the killing. He was charged Jan. 9.
According to authorities, Howard was arrested in December 2011 by Fremont police as a suspect in a series of armed robberies of older Asian victims who were primarily targeted for their gold jewelry.
Authorities said Howard was part of a group of suspects who followed the victims to their homes, usually from stores, and robbed them at gunpoint once they arrived home. He was originally charged with four such robberies.
In a plea agreement, he was convicted of one count of second-degree robbery in August 2013 and after being given credit for time served was released from jail in September 2013, authorities said. Howard also has four other prior felony convictions, all narcotics related, that occurred between 1998 and 2006, authorities said.
-- Harry Harris, Staff