Search continues for sexual predator
The police search continued Tuesday for a man who lured a 6-year-old girl off the grounds of an East Oakland elementary school Friday afternoon and sexually assaulted her in an SUV parked nearby.
As part of the investigation, police are offering a reward in the case, checking out registered sex offenders who may have ties to the area and hoping to get a sketch made of the suspect.
The incident happened about 3:15 p.m. Friday. The girl was playing at Bella Vista Elementary School, 1025 East 28th St., when the man approached her and lured her off the campus.
The girl was taken to a silver SUV, possibly a Honda, that had a white interior and was parked in the 900 block of East 28th St.
The girl was sexually assaulted inside the vehicle. She was then let go. The SUV was last seen driving westbound on East 28th Street toward Ninth Avenue.
The attacker is described as Latino, 20 to 25, between 5-foot-6 and 5-10 with black hair and a tattoo of a horse's face on his left calf. He was wearing a blue and black jacket and black shorts.
Police are trying to determine if the attack is related to two other assaults in recent weeks in the Fruitvale district where 6- and 7-year-old girls were molested on school campuses by a man.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $7,500 in reward money in the case.
Anyone with information is urged to call police at 510-238-3641 or a tip line at 510-637-0298 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Police chase ends with downtown car crash
An afternoon residential burglary resulted in a high-speed police chase and a car crash Tuesday afternoon in downtown San Leandro, police said.
About 12:10 p.m. officers were notified about a home burglary that took place on Karol Way, said Lt. Richard DeCosta.
A witness told police the burglary suspect drove off in a vehicle toward East 14th Street. When officers located the vehicle and attempted a traffic enforcement stop, the driver sped away and led them on a short pursuit in the downtown area, DeCosta said.
The vehicle crashed into a parked car on Castro Street near Williams Street and the suspect ran into the residential area just south of the intersection. Officers set up a perimeter around that area and conducted a yard search, but they did not locate the suspect.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at 510-577-3230 or contact the Anonymous Tip Line at 510-577-3278.
Citizens can also send an anonymous tip by texting the word SLPD and their tip to 847411 or submit them on the police department's website at http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd/at.asp.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Shooting victim ID'd as 17-year-old boy
A 17-year-old boy fatally shot Monday morning was identified by police Tuesday as Willie D. Gilbert, of Oakland.
No arrests have been made in the case and no motive has been released by investigators.
Gilbert died at Highland Hospital shortly after he was brought there about 12:15 a.m. Monday by someone who said he found him on a street near the hospital on East 31st St.
Police have not determined if Gilbert, who lived in West Oakland, was shot where he was found or somewhere else.
Investigators are still looking for a possible link between Gilbert's death and the shooting of a 22-year-old Oakland man who drove himself to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg shortly after Gilbert was brought there.
The 22-year-old man told police he had been shot while driving in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 580 between Lakeshore Avenue and Park Boulevard.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the gunman in Gilbert's killing.
Anyone with information is urged to call Officer Leo Sanchez at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff