OAKLAND

Man found shot dead early Saturday

A man was shot and killed in East Oakland Saturday morning, police said.

The man, whose name and age have not yet been released, was found by a passer-by on High Street near Lyon Avenue around 10:20 a.m. The motorist picked up the wounded man and attempted to drive him to a hospital, but stopped in the 2700 block of Foothill Boulevard, where help was summoned, police said.

The man was pronounced dead minutes later by emergency responders, according to police. Police released no motive nor information on possible suspects on Saturday.

The killing comes on the heels of a busy July 4 for the Oakland Police Department, which put an additional 115 officers on the streets overnight to help quell celebratory gunfire and illegal fireworks, according to a department news release.

-- Harry Harris and Robert Rogers, Staff

RICHMOND

Man charged with human trafficking

A Richmond man has been arrested after authorities said he forced a woman into prostitution, assaulted her, then kidnapped her as she went to meet police.

Erick Ealy II, 24, was arrested on June 24 by an El Cerrito police detective, in connection with a June 3 incident during which a woman accused him of assaulting her as he demanded money that she'd earned for him.

The assault took place at a home in a northern El Cerrito residence, according to police. Ealy allegedly squeezed the victim's neck, threw her against a wall before taking cash from her handbag and fleeing.

The victim was brought to the Police Department, which put her touch with an organization that assists victims of sexual abuse and given a safe place to stay.

However, after the woman missed a follow-up police interview, a detective conducted surveillance of the residence, looking for the suspect and victim.

On June 24, an El Cerrito police detective arrested Ealy. The victim told police that he had kidnapped her on her way to the police interview.

Prosecutors charged Ealy with two counts of human trafficking, attempted human trafficking and false imprisonment with violence, kidnapping and kidnapping with injuries, pimping and conspiracy.

He is being held at County Jail in Martinez on $1.6 million bail.

-- Joyce Tsai, Staff

RICHMOND

Oakland man struck and killed by BART train

A 45-year-old Oakland man was struck and killed by a BART train Friday afternoon, forcing the closure of the Richmond station for more than three hours, officials said.

Richmond firefighters and BART police worked to aid the man, identified Saturday by the Contra Costa County coroner's office as Kevin Joseph West, after he was struck shortly before 4:35 p.m., BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

Based on eyewitness reports, West had gotten onto the tracks on his own and then was struck by the train, according to a BART police investigation.

No other details surrounding the incident were available.

The Richmond station was reopened by 8 p.m.

-- Joyce Tsai and Robert Rogers, Staff