Thursday, April 30, 2009

Road And Lane Closure Approved For J Street Cinco De Mayo Event

Drivers may want to avoid the 27th and 28th blocks of J Street during the afternoon commute on Tuesday, May 5, as the City of Sacramento Department of Transportation has approved a road and lane closure for a Cinco de Mayo block party event.

The south lane of J Street, sidewalk and parking lane will be closed between 27th and 28th as will 28th Street between J Street and the J/K alley to the south from approximately 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The Sacramento Police Department will be providing traffic control and advance warning signs.

Detectives Arrest 45th Avenue Homicide Suspect

On April 29, 2009, at 11:00 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau detectives located and arrested 22-year-old Oscar Ceballos for the April 27, 2009, murder of 34-year-old Jose Martin. Ceballos was taken into custody without incident at a friend’s home near 8th Avenue and 11th Street.


On April 27, 2009 at 8:43 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a shooting at 45th Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Deputies arrived and found a 34-year-old male lying in the street and suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his chest. Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died from his wound(s). Witnesses told deputies the victim was involved in a physical confrontation with a subject in the middle of 45th Avenue. During the fight, the subject pulled out a gun and shot the victim at least one time. After the shooting the subject fled the scene in a green vehicle.

Investigators quickly identified the suspect as Ceballos and requested a warrant for his arrest. Detectives believe an on-going dispute between Martin and members of the Ceballos family led to the shooting. Ceballos was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on the charge of murder.

Homicide On Sunnyslope Drive

On April 29, 2009, at 11:33 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call regarding gunshots being heard in the apartment complex located in the 6700 block of Sunnyslope Drive. Deputies arrived and found a 20-year-old male lying on the ground suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his head. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Investigators have learned the victim argued with, and was chased by, a suspect shortly before the sound of gunshots was heard. The suspect was then seen running from the apartment complex and driving away in a blue sedan. The suspect is described as a Black male adult, 35- to 40-years-old, 5’3” to 5’8” tall with a slim build and wearing all dark clothing.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined. Anyone with information about this murder is urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Smiling Suspect Caught On Candid Camera

The Sacramento Police Department is looking for the public's assistance in identifying an ATM thief caught on surveillance tape.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 3:47 a.m., the victim's stolen ATM card was used at the Farmers and Merchants Bank located at 7272 Franklin Blvd. The ATM card was previously reported stolen.

The suspect is a female, Black, adult wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with her hair pulled back. The suspect has a large gap between her two front teeth.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Sobriety And Drivers License Checkpoint Notification

The Sacramento Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint on Friday, May 1, 2009, in the north area of the City. Traffic flowing through the checkpoint will be contacted by uniformed officers, who will be checking for alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to promote public safety; increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and serves as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

Approximately two hours prior to the implementation of the checkpoint, there will be a press release specifying the location and approximate duration of the operation.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

South Area Community Asked To Be On The Lookout

The Sacramento Police Department is asking the community to be on the lookout for a man who tried to sexually assault a female adult in the 2600 block of 50th Avenue yesterday evening.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 10:00 p.m., a female in her 20's was walking home near the 2600 block of 50th Avenue when a blue minivan pulled up in front of her. The driver asked the female for directions and asked if the victim would get into his car. The victim refused and noticed that the male driver had exposed himself and was masturbating. The victim began to walk away when the male driver got out of the car and began to grab her arm and tried to sexually assault her. After a short struggle, the victim was able to get away and call the police. The victim did not feel the suspect was attempting to abduct her but primarily trying to sexually assault her.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 18-21 years old, 5'8, 160-170 lbs, wearing a white t-shirt, and jeans. The suspect was driving an older boxy blue or gray minivan.
The Police Department is urging people to remember the following safety guidelines when walking by yourself: walk on busy streets, walk in well lit areas, don't talk to strangers, run to a nearby residence if someone comes up to you and ask for the resident to call the police, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Western Festival Street Closures

A 52-year tradition continues in Elk Grove as the Elk Grove Western Festival takes over the town on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3.

On Saturday, May 2 a parade – which begins in Old Town and makes its way to Elk Grove Regional Park – will feature more than 150 entries, including everything from classic cars and bands, to floats and horses.

The following street closures will be in effect from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 2:

Elk Grove Blvd. from Kent St. to Emerald Oak Dr.

Emerald Oak Dr. to Valley Oak Dr.

Valley Oak Dr. from Elk Grove Florin Rd. to Emerald Oak Dr.

For more information about the Western Festival events, visit the event Web site at www.elkgrovewesternfestival.com.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Detectives Ask For Public’s Help In Identifying Skateboarding Bandit

Detectives assigned to the Sacramento Violent Crimes Task Force (SVCTF), which is comprised of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Robbery detectives and Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents, are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect responsible for two recent local bank robberies.

On Saturday, April 25, 2009, at 9:20 a.m. the suspect robbed the Wells Fargo Bank located at 9407 Madison Avenue. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., on the same day, he also robbed the Wells Fargo Bank at 2010 Gold River Drive. During both robberies the suspect gave the bank tellers notes demanding money and indicating he had a gun. In both instances the tellers gave the suspect money and he fled. After the second robbery a witness reported seeing the suspect fleeing on a skateboard.

The suspect’s image was captured by bank surveillance cameras during both robberies. He is described as an Asian male, 20 to 30 years old, 5’5” to 5’8” tall, and weighing between 135 and145 pounds. He has collar-length black hair and was wearing glasses, a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, a black tee shirt, a black beanie with a brim, and black cotton gloves with the fingers cut off at the knuckles.

Anyone with information regarding these robberies, or the suspect’s identity, is urged to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Murder Suspects Continue To Get Caught

The Sacramento Police Department has had six homicides this year and has solved all of them. In addition, the Homicide Unit has solved ten cold cases this year.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department's Career Criminal Apprehension Team (CCAT) arrested David Denson for the April 10th murder of Dusty Vasquez. Denson was arrested without incident in San Leandro, California with the assistance of Oakland and San Leandro Police Departments.

On Saturday, April 25, 2009, the Homicide Unit arrested James Castillo for the April 24th murder of Leopoldo Velasco III. Castillo turned himself in at Sacramento Police Headquarters.


Homicide Sergeant Paul Martinson indicated that detectives have had an opportunity to work more cold cases due to the slow down of murders this year. The Sacramento Police Department has had six homicide cases this year in comparison to fifteen last year during the same time period. The experience, hard work, and dedication of the homicide investigators and CCAT team can be seen in the number of cases being solved and suspects arrested.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Roseville Police Investigating Injury Traffic Collision

At 4:37 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, Roseville Police responded to an injury traffic collision on northbound Riverside Avenue at the Interstate 80 interchange. For unknown reasons, a motorcyclist riding a Harley Davidson Electraglide rear-ended a Toyota Highlander that was stopped at a red light. The motorcycle rider, a 63-year-old Citrus Heights man, was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered head injuries. He was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he is currently listed in critical condition.

The collision is being investigated by the Roseville Police Department's Major Accident Investigation Team.

Brazen Burglar

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a brazen burglar. Detectives hope that someone will recognize him and turn him in.

On Friday, April 24, 2009, the suspect entered the victim's apartment (333 J Street / The Wong Center) and ransacked the victim's bedroom while the victim was home, watching television in her living room. At one point, the suspect entered the living room, at which time the victim screamed. The suspect fled with a briefcase containing personal documents, jewelry, and bank account information. The suspect was caught on surveillance cameras as he was leaving the building.
The suspect was described as a male Hispanic adult, thin, with a shaved head. He was wearing a collared shirt under a blue sweater, and dark pants.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Detectives Ask For Public’s Help In Locating Homicide Suspect

On April 27, 2009 at 8:43 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a shooting at 45th Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Deputies arrived and found a 34-year-old male lying in the street and suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his chest. Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died from his wound(s). Witnesses told deputies the victim was involved in a physical confrontation with a subject in the middle of 45th Avenue. During the fight, the subject pulled out a gun and shot the victim at least one time. After the shooting the subject fled the scene in a green vehicle.


As a result of their ongoing investigation, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives have developed information that leads them to believe Oscar Ceballos (see photo below), of Sacramento, is responsible for this shooting death. A warrant has been issued for Ceballos’ arrest on the charge of murder. Ceballos is a 22-year-old Hispanic male. He is 5’8” tall and weighs 145 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Ceballos also has multiple tattoos visible on his neck including the name “Andra” on the left side of his neck. Ceballos should be considered armed and dangerous.
Detectives believe the shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute between the two subjects. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Oscar Ceballos is urged to call Sheriff’s Detective Rob Patton at (916) 606-2227, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.00.

County And City Of Sacramento Office Of Emergency Services Encourages The Public To Call 2-1-1 For Swine Flu Information

Sacramento County Public Health is receiving hundreds of calls from concerned residents. The County and City of Sacramento encourage all residents to call 2-1-1
(or 1-800-500-4931) for all non-emergency questions and concerns about swine flu. Callers will speak with a live 2-1-1 representative who can answer questions and provide information about swine flu.

2-1-1 Sacramento is the region’s primary place for 24/7, free community health and disaster information. 2-1-1 Sacramento is working in partnership with the Sacramento Office of Emergency Services (OES) to provide current information about swine flu, especially in the Sacramento area.

If you are showing symptoms of illness and need non-emergency medical attention you should consult your physician.

Sacramento County Health Officer Dr. Glennah Trochet continues to recommend that you:

Stay at home when you are sick with flu-like illness which means a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, experience achiness, a sore throat and/or cough;

Cover your cough or sneeze by using your sleeve or a tissue;

Wash your hands frequently to prevent spreading illness.

More information on swine flu can be found at www.scph.com . Twitter users can sign up to receive periodic messages and advisories at www.Twitter.com/SacPublicHealth.

“Craigslist.Con” Crime Spree

The Sacramento Police Department has arrested two suspects who have been stealing from victims posting items for sale on Craigslist. Detectives are still investigating to identify and link other possible suspects.

On at least six occasions, from January through April 2009, the suspects contacted people selling cellular phones on Craigslist, and arranged to meet the sellers at 2841 Albatross Way. The suspect would then either grab the cell phones or somehow get the cell phone, run into the house and out the back. The victims would then realize that 2841 Albatross Way was actually a vacant house.

Detectives identified a group of suspects and made two arrests today. The suspects’ names and photos are being withheld at this time pending follow up on additional suspects and verification that there are not any more victims. Detectives do believe that there could be more victims that never reported the incidents, and are urging anyone who was victimized in this way to contact Crime Alert. The suspects are described as male, Hispanics, 15-17 years old, 5’1-5’6, thin build, short black or brown hair.

The Police Department would like to remind people who are selling or buying items to always meet in a public place and to not go to private residences or rural locations.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

2 Alarm House Fire In Fruitridge Neighborhood

A two alarm fire broke out this morning in a vacant two story home in the Fruitridge neighborhood of South Sacramento. Sacramento Firefighters responded and found heavy fire from the home.

Their initial concerns were the windows in the home that were covered with security bars. These security bars can and often do, trap victims inside their home during a fire. Firefighters gained entry to the home and quickly did a search. No one was found inside.

The fire was quickly brought under control. There were no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is being investigated.

Homicide On 45th Avenue

On April 27, 2009 at 8:43 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a shooting at 45th Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Deputies arrived and found a 34-year-old male lying in the street and suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his chest. Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died from his wound(s).

Witnesses told deputies the victim was involved in a physical confrontation with a subject in the middle of 45th Avenue. During the fight, the subject pulled out a gun and shot the victim at least one time. After the shooting the subject fled the scene in a green vehicle.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, in his early 20’s. He is 5’5” to 5’8” tall and weighs between 145 and 160 pounds with dark hair.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined. Anyone with information about this shooting is urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Carjacking Suspect Arrested

Early Sunday morning, Roseville Police officers arrested a woman on suspicion of carjacking and several other charges.

At 1:11 a.m. Sunday, April 26, Roseville Police officers responded to a carjacking that had just occurred in the parking lot of Kaiser Hospital, 1600 Eureka Rd. A 74-year-old Carmichael man reported that he had just parked his Mazda sedan when he was approached by a woman who demanded his car keys, threatening that she would stab him with an HIV-contaminated needle if he didn't comply. No needle or other weapon was seen. The victim relinquished his keys to the suspect, and she got into the car and drove away.

Kaiser's security staff followed the stolen vehicle, keeping Roseville police dispatchers informed about its location until Roseville Police officers arrived in the area. The suspect evaded officers, driving in a reckless manner from East Roseville Parkway through residential neighborhoods in Granite Bay. Officers stopped and arrested the suspect in the 9800 block of Wesbourne Way in Granite Bay.

Amber Arlene Page, 29, no permanent address, was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, robbery, vehicle theft, making criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, recklessly evading a police officer, resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol. She is being held in the Placer County Jail on $75,000 bail.

Laguna Creek Bridge Reconstruction Begins May 4

The narrow bridge crossing Laguna Creek on West Stockton Boulevard will be getting a much needed makeover beginning in May.

Construction of the West Stockton Boulevard at Laguna Creek Bridge Project will begin on May 4 and will continue through November 15. During this time, West Stockton Boulevard will be closed to traffic in both directions at the Laguna Creek Bridge. Northbound and southbound motorists will be directed to use the following detours:

Northbound Traffic – Laguna Blvd. west, right on Big Horn Blvd., right on Lewis Stein Rd.

Southbound Traffic – Lewis Stein Rd. south, left on Big Horn Blvd., left on Laguna Blvd.

Roadwork notification and message boards will be posted in advance and during construction for the traveling public. Detours will be in effect until the project is complete, targeted for November 2009.

The West Stockton Boulevard at Laguna Creek Bridge Project will construct a wider bridge that will include a sidewalk, a southbound right-turn lane, and a northbound left-turn lane. The improvements will also better accommodate high flows in Laguna Creek.

The West Stockton Boulevard Bridge, which crosses over Laguna Creek, was constructed in 1956 and has been identified as “functionally obsolete” by the City, the California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), due to its narrow width.

Features of the new West Stockton Boulevard Bridge:

Widened bridge will accommodate two through traffic lanes (one in each direction)

Provisions for turn pockets

Class II bike lanes

A raised sidewalk on the west side of the bridge

Bridge railings

Swine Flu Confirmed

Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Glennah Trochet reports that the Centers for Disease Control has confirmed that a sample sent to their lab Saturday was positive for Swine Flu.

The sample was collected from a student at St. Mel’s school in Fair Oaks.

This is the first known confirmed sample in Northern California.

Public Health has posted helpful links to swine flu information at CDC and California Department of Public Health web sites on its own web site: www.SCPH.com . And Twitter users can sign up to receive periodic messages and advisories at www.Twitter.com/SacPublicHealth.

Public Health Update

In addition to the one sample from a student at St. Mel’s school in Fair Oaks that was sent to the Centers for Disease Control on Saturday April 25 for additional testing, on Sunday, April 26, Sacramento County Public Health identified three additional children at St. Mel school in Fair Oaks who were ill during the week of April 20 through April 24.

Samples from all three children will be tested at the Sacramento County Public Health Laboratory today.

If any of these samples turn out to be an un-subtypable Influenza A virus, the sample will be sent to the State Public Health Lab and to CDC for identification.

One child has recovered completely, the other two children still had symptoms yesterday. All illnesses have been mild.

At this time, the last onset of symptoms for an influenza-like illness in students of St. Mel school was Thursday, April 23. Therefore the earliest the school would reopen is Thursday, April 30. However, if we identify other onset of illness the opening may be postponed.

Sacramento County Health Officer Dr. Glennah Trochet says there are three things the public should do at this time:

"We continue to recommend the same, prudent precautions to the public that we always recommend during the flu season: that everyone should wash they hands frequently, stay home from work or school if they feel ill, and cover their mouths with a tissue if they are coughing," Trochet said.

Public Health has posted helpful links to swine flu information at CDC and California Department of Public Health web sites on its own web site: www.SCPH.com . And Twitter users can sign up to receive periodic messages and advisories at www.Twitter.com/SacPublicHealth.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Roseville Robbery Suspect Arrested In Folsom

Yesterday afternoon, April 23, Roseville Police detectives went to the 100 block of Marble Canyon Drive in Folsom to arrest a man suspected of commiting a robbery on March 20 in Roseville. Because the suspect was possibly armed, the Folsom Police Department SWAT team responded and surrounded the house. The suspect intially refused to come out of the residence, but eventually surrendered to police without further incident at approximately 7:10 p.m., after an almost-four hour standoff.

Scott Christopher Hamilton, 22, of Folsom is being held in the Placer County Jail on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy. His bail is set at $250,000.

Hamilton is suspected of robbing an 81-year-old Roseville woman on the evening of March 20. The woman had just arrived home and was walking from her garage to her door when a male grabbed her purse from her arms and ran away. The victim was frightened, but did not report otherwise being injured.

Weekend Closures At Sheldon/SR 99 Interchange

Weekend work on the Sheldon Interchange will require evening closures on Highway 99 from Sunday, April 26 at 10:30 p.m. to Monday, April 27 at 6 a.m.

Southbound Hwy 99 will be closed entirely during this timeframe. Rolling closures on Northbound Hwy 99 will allow drivers to pass intermittently.

Representatives from the California Highway Patrol will direct Northbound Hwy 99 traffic. The Southbound Hwy 99 traffic will be detoured onto the southbound off ramp then across Sheldon Road to the new southbound on-ramp.

Detour signs have been placed to notify drivers about the closure and detours.

The Sheldon Interchange reconstruction project remains on schedule, with completion expected in fall 2009.

Suspect Wanted For Late Night Homicide

The Sacramento Police Department has identified and is looking for 30-year-old James Castillo for the murder of a 23-year-old Leopoldo Velasco III.

On Friday, April 24, 2009, at approximately 9:07 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to 3900 block 17th Avenue on a shooting call with a person down. Officers arrived and found a male Hispanic who had been shot. The victim was transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. The victim was identified as Leopoldo Velasco III.


Homicide Detectives and the Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene and took over the investigation. It is believed at this time that Velasco came over to visit his girlfriend when he got into an argument with a neighbor. The argument escalated resulting in Castillo shooting Velasco.

The suspect is identified as James Castillo, male Hispanic, 30 years old, 5'9", and 175 lbs. Castillo may be driving a 2004 white Dodge Intrepid.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Neighborhood Dispute Turns Deadly

Sacramento Police Detectives are investigating a late night shooting that ended in the murder of a 23-year-old male.

On Friday, April 24, 2009, at approximately 9:07 p.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to 3900 block 17th Avenue on a shooting call with a person down. Officers arrived and found a male Hispanic who had been shot. The victim was transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Homicide Detectives and the Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene to take over the investigation. It is believed at this time that the victim came over to visit his girlfriend when he got into an argument with a neighbor. The argument escalated resulting in the suspect shooting the victim.

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 30's, 5'9", 170 lb.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Governor's Reward Issued For 2008 Homicide

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for the 2008 murder of Emanuel Michel.

On Saturday, October 18, 2008, at 12:38 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department received several calls reporting shots fired in the area of Tamoshanter Way and Florin Road. As Officers responded, additional information came in reporting someone had been shot at 2101 57th Av. The victim, 18 year-old, Emanuel Michel, was transported to the hospital where he later died.

The Sacramento Police Department's Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded. Investigators believe approximately 20 young people were socializing at the above location. An unknown group of males tried to enter the party, but were asked to leave. Words were exchanged between the two groups. As the ousted group drove off, someone fired several rounds into the home, striking the victim.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for the reward.

Police Release Surveillance Images Of Armed Robbery

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying an armed robbery suspect.

On Saturday, April 4, 2009, at 3:10 p.m., a male suspect walked into the Fast Stop (5601 Wilkinson Street) and robbed the store clerk and a patron at gunpoint. The suspect ordered the victims to the ground and fled to an awaiting vehicle. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during this hold-up.

The suspect was described as a male White adult, 22-29 years old, 5'8" - 5'10" in height and weighing between 145 - 165 pounds. He was wearing a long black wig, dark sunglasses, a blue Colts hat, a black hooded sweatshirt, white t-shirt, dark blue jeans, and black/white tennis shoes. He had a thin build and was unshaven. A witness believed the suspect had a faded tattoo of a red arrowhead on his left hand. The vehicle was described as a white 4-door, possibly an older Toyota Camry (square shape).

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Two Alarm Fire At Kaiser South Hospital

A two alarm fire broke out at the Kaiser Hospital in South Sacramento. The fire was reported at 2:04 A.M. Firefighters arrived and found a moderate amount of smoke in Medical Office Building #1.

The fire was found in an office on the second floor. A fire sprinkler had controlled the fire, but Firefighters had to stretch their hose a long distance into the building to completely extinguish the fire.

No patients were affected and none had to be evacuated. The cause of the fire is under investigation and there were no reported injuries. Firefighters from Sacramento Metro and Consumnes Fire also responded.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Red Light Camera Goes Live

The current 30-day grace period for the newly installed red light camera located at Laguna Blvd. and Laguna Springs Dr. will end at 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2009. Effective April 24, 2009 at 12:01 a.m., the camera will go live and citations, not warning notices will be issued to drivers who are photographed by the red light camera enforcement system.

For more information about the red light camera enforcement system, please visit the Elk Grove Police Department website at www.elkgrovepd.org , or the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento web site at http://www.saccourt.com/traffic/rlc/rlc.asp

Murder From Last Year Solved

The Sacramento Police Department's Homicide Unit has arrested Hung Truong for the murder of Hung Nguyen.
On Friday, January 11, 2008, at approximately 10:04 p.m., Hung Nguyen was loitering in the area of the A & A Market, located at 6645 Stockton Boulevard. Nguyen was found in the parking lot of the strip mall, unconscious and bleeding from a wound to his head. A piece of cement was located near Nguyen covered with blood. He was transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center and passed away five days later.

Homicide detectives took over the investigation. Sergeant Elmer Marzan, who was at the time a patrol officer in this neighborhood, assisted in identifying the victim, witnesses, and a possible suspect. Based on the investigation, detectives believe that Hung Truong and Hung Nguyen had been together just prior to the victim being found and had previously had verbal arguments. Detectives believe that an altercation occurred and Truong used a piece of cement and struck Nguyen in the head which later resulted in his death.

On April 23, 2009, at 8:30 a.m., Sacramento Police SWAT team members and Homicide Detectives arrested Hung Truong at Las Palmas Avenue near Fairbanks without incident.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Two Alert Neighbors And Two Dogs Stop Two Burglaries

Early this morning Roseville Police officers responded to two burglaries and arrested four suspects, thanks to good citizen reporting and two dogs.

At midnight Wednesday morning, April 22, a resident in the 500 block of Sixth Street heard a suspicious noise and saw a man crawling in through a window of an unoccupied motor home stored in a commercial storage lot. The resident called 911. Roseville officers, including Officer Scott Miszkewycz and his canine partner Apollo, arrived minutes later and began checking the lot. Apollo pulled Officer Miszkewycz toward one of the motor homes, and officers surrounded it. The suspect heard the dog, and surrendered to officers without incident.

Ryan Erich Steinbrecher, 19, of Roseville was arrested on suspicion of burglary and a Sacramento County warrant for theft. He is being held in the Placer County Jail on $30,500 bail.

Two hours later and three blocks away, another dog played a part in stopping a vehicle burglary. At 2 a.m., a resident of the 300 block of Sixth Street got up to let his dog out, and noticed a male walking up to a neighbor's parked pickup truck. The resident heard a banging sound and the sound of glass breaking. He went back into the house and called 911. Roseville officers arrived on scene minutes later, detained three suspects, and recovered a toolbox and stereo speakers that had been taken from the burglarized pickup.

Antonio Leyva and Sergio Gomez-Romero, both 18, of Roseville, were arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, and possession of stolen property. Both are currently being held in the Roseville Police Department Jail on $10,000 bail. A 17-year-old male from Roseville was arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving while unlicensed. He was taken to Placer County Juvenile Hall.
Police Chief Mike Blair said, "The citizen witnesses in both of these cases did a great job. They remained out of sight, they didn't confront the suspects, and they called 911 immediately to report suspicious activity. Their calls to police made all the difference."

Passenger Dies As A Result Of Injuries Sustained In Four-Vehicle Accident

On Saturday, April 18, 2009, at 1:26 p.m., Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) officers responded to the report of a multiple-vehicle accident at Coloma Road and Aramon Drive. Officers arrived and found four vehicles had been involved in the collision: a blue 1996 Ford Ranger, a gray 1988 Honda Prelude, a white 2004 Ford Escape, and a white 2004 International tow truck. The Ranger was occupied by a 16-year-old male driver, the Prelude was occupied by a 40-year-old male driver, the Escape was occupied by a 60-year-old female driver and her 40-year-old female daughter, the tow truck was occupied by a 46-year-old male driver.

Both the driver and passenger in the Escape, as well as the driver in the Ranger, suffered serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital by paramedics. Neither driver of other two vehicles involved was injured. On April 21, 2009, RCPD investigators were notified the 40-year-old female passenger had died as a result of her injuries.

The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. Investigators believe the Ranger was in front of the Prelude as both vehicles were traveling westbound on Coloma Road approaching Aramon Drive. For an unknown reason the driver of the Ranger applied his brakes and entered into a skid. The driver of the Prelude collided with the Ranger and both vehicles slid into oncoming traffic on Coloma Road. The Ranger collided with the Escape and the tow truck, both of which were traveling eastbound on Coloma Road.

A number of witnesses were interviewed at the scene, anyone else who may have witnessed this crash is urged to call RCPD Traffic Unit Detective Ron Brazell at (916) 875-9623. Upon the conclusion of the RCPD investigation, the report will be forwarded to the Sacramento County District Attorney to determine if criminal charges are warranted.

Police Are Looking To Identify Two Robbers

The Sacramento Police Department is seeking assistance in identifying two robbery suspects.

On Saturday, April 11, 2009, at 5:35 p.m., the victim was purchasing a pack of cigarettes from the clerk at the Bonfare Market, 3100 Broadway. The victim used a $100 bill to make the purchase. When she was given her change, a male who had been waiting behind her, ran up and stole the money from her hand.

The suspect was described as a male, Black, adult, 18-21 years-old, 5'7" to 5'8", 170 pounds, black dreadlocks, a light mustache and a thin build. He was wearing a grey zip-up sweatshirt with a design on it. Under the sweatshirt, he wore two T-shirts, a black T-shirt under a white one. He was also wearing dark blue jeans with designs on the back pockets and black and white tennis shoes.
The suspect had entered the store with another male. Both suspects were photographed watching the victim remove the $100 bill from her wallet and following her as she approached the counter. The second suspect was a male, Black, with at least one earring, wearing a black T-shirt with a marijuana plant on it, over a red long sleeve shirt and black pants. The Police Department is looking to identify both suspects.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

DUI Checkpoint

The Rancho Cordova Police Department will be holding a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Sobriety Checkpoint on Thursday April 23, 2009 in the City of Rancho Cordova. The checkpoint will be operational that night from 7:00 p.m. until midnight.

Officers will be checking drivers for signs of impairment and providing educational materials outlining the dangers of driving while impaired. This checkpoint operation will be conducted utilizing funds from a traffic safety grant provided to the Rancho Cordova Police Department by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Kidnapping Report Proved To Be False

On Monday, April, 20, 2009, an 18-year-old female reported she was walking near the intersection of Natomas Crossing and Sparrow Drive when a man attempted to kidnap her by force.

http://sacramentonews.blogspot.com/2009/04/attempted-abduction-victim-fought-off.html

The Sacramento Police Department investigated the allegation. After a full and thorough investigation, the report was determined to be false.

Kidnappings are very serious crimes and the first 24 hours are critical to solving the case. That is why law enforcement agencies devote a lot of resources to the investigations as well as reaching out to the community for awareness and assistance.

We would like to remind the community that kidnappings can occur. It is important to keep the following safety tips in mind: walk with others, keep alert to what is going on around you, and keep an eye out for suspicious activity within your communities.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Attempted Abduction, Victim Fought Off Attacker

Today, April 20, 2009, at about 8:48 a.m., an 18-year-old female was walking near the intersection of Natomas Crossing and Sparrow Drive when a man driving a pick-up truck pulled up next to her and stopped. The man got out of the truck, approached the victim and said he needed to talk to her. The victim did not know the man and refused to engage him in conversation. The suspect then punched the victim in the face, picked her up, threw her over his shoulder, and walked towards his vehicle. The victim resisted and managed to break loose from his grasp. The victim ran away and called 911. The suspect fled in his vehicle in an unknown direction. Officers quickly responded to the area and conducted a search for the suspect and his vehicle with negative results.

The suspect was described as a male Black in his late 20's. He is about 6'1" in height and was wearing a black shirt and blue shorts. The suspect had a scar on his upper lip, possibly from a cleft pallet. The vehicle was described as a new blue Dodge pick-up truck, possibly a Ram.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Roseville Police Arrest Grand Theft Suspect

Saturday morning, April 18, Roseville Police detectives arrested Holly Ann Keate, 24, of Roseville, at Sacramento International Airport as she was preparing to board a flight.

Keate is suspected of stealing approximately $50,000 over a four-month period from her Roseville employer, and using the money for travel and other expensive purchases.

Detectives arrested Keate on a Placer County Superior Court arrest warrant charging grand theft. She was booked into the Roseville Police Department Jail and released after she posted a $25,000 bail bond. She is scheduled for arraignment on May 19.

Motorcyclist Killed In Collision

On April 18, 2009 at 10:24 p.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to a vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle near the intersection of E. Stockton Blvd. and Teresa Way.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 1997 Acura TL traveling northbound on E. Stockton Blvd. had rear ended a motorcycle also traveling northbound on E. Stockton Blvd. The motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered fatal injuries. The name of the deceased motorcyclist will be released by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

The lone occupant and driver of the Acura, later identified as 33-year-old Rebecca Vela, a Sacramento resident, was contacted at the scene and displayed objective signs of impairment. Vela was subsequently arrested and transported to the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of Murder and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs.

The Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau will be conducting an investigation into the collision. Based on witness statements, investigators believe that Vela was travelling northbound in the southbound lane of traffic on E. Stockton Blvd. at a high rate of speed prior to the collision. Vela apparently swerved back into the correct lane of travel and rear ended the motorcyclist that was travelling northbound on E. Stockton Blvd. Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, a photograph of Vela will not be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call the Traffic Bureau at (916) 478-8131.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Near Drowning In American River

A female in her 20’s nearly became the first river drowning victim of the year this afternoon. Sacramento Firefighters responded to the American River near Bercut Drive for multiple reports of a female who may have drowned. When Firefighters arrived, the victim was out of the water and alive.

Circumstances of the incident are not fully known, but alcohol intoxication is thought to be partially to blame. The victim was transported by Sacramento Firefighters to a nearby hospital where she is expected to survive.

With the current heat wave, a lot of people are flocking to area waterways where the water is extremely cold and swift. It does not take much to drown in these conditions. Always wear a life jacket when you are near or in our region’s waterways.

2 Alarm Salvage Yard Fire

Shortly after 1:30 P.M. this afternoon, a two alarm fire in an auto salvage yard destroyed at least 15 cars and threatened at least one building this afternoon in North Sacramento.

Sacramento Firefighters responded for the reported car fire and found the large fire inside the salvage yard. Crews were able to protect the threatened building, but the damage was already done to the cars.

A private security guard detained two persons of interest for questioning. The two were released after further questioning by a Sacramento Fire Department Arson Investigator. Firefighters from Sacramento Metro Fire District also responded.

There were no reported injuries and the cause is still being investigated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO1mcqbSpDA&feature=channel_page

Arrest Made In Homicide

On April 19, 2009 at 12:49 a.m., the Elk Grove Police Department responded to the 6800 block of Paseo Del Sol Way regarding a shooting that had taken place.

Officers and medical personnel arrived at the above location and discovered that four victims (three males and one female) were suffering from gunshot wounds. The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three victims were transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment. At this time, two of the males are in critical condition. The name of the deceased victim has not been released and identification will be made by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. The identity of the other victims will not be released at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to identify two individuals involved in the homicide. The male suspect was identified as 20-year-old Raymond Vigel (01-30-89) and the female suspect as 23-year-old Tamara Bassett (02-27-86) both Sacramento residents.

According to detectives, there were several individuals gathered for a small party at the above residence. During the party, there was some type of physical altercation between two attendees. The female attendee involved in the altercation (Bassett) left the party in a green Honda. When Bassett returned a short time later, Vigel was a seated in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Bassett then parked in the street in front of the residence and was contacted by one of the male victims along with another female guest (not injured) who were still at the party. At this point, the male passenger (Vigel) pulled out a firearm and began shooting while he was seated in the vehicle. The male who had approached the vehicle was shot along with three additional victims who were inside an open garage. Bassett and Vigel then fled the scene in the vehicle they had arrived in.

Through investigative efforts, detectives were able to determine that Vigel and Bassett had rented a room on the second floor at the Comfort Inn & Suites Motel located near Howe Ave. and Folsom Blvd. in the City of Sacramento. Elk Grove Detectives began a surveillance of the location and the suspect vehicle which was parked in the parking lot. Detectives then notified the Sacramento Police Department of the situation and requested assistance.

The Sacramento Police Department responded to the Comfort Inn & Suites and deployed the Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T) along with the Hostage Negotiation Team (H.N.T) in an effort to apprehend the suspects. Members of the Sacramento Police Department evacuated occupants of the Motel and officers established a perimeter around the property. At approximately 10:32 a.m., the Hostage Negotiation Team made phone contact with the occupants of the motel room and advised them to exit. The three occupants complied with directions and exited the room where they were detained without incident.

The three occupants of the room were indentified as Raymond Vigel, Tamara Bassett and a male relative of Vigel. All three individuals were then transported to the Elk Grove Police Department for questioning. The green Honda was recovered from the parking lot and later towed. Raymond Vigel and Tamar Bassett were arrested for Penal Code 187 PC (Murder), while the relative who was initially detained was released after questioning. Detectives have not yet located the weapon used in the shooting.

Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, photos of Vigel and Bassett will not be released at this time. Detectives believe that this shooting was not gang related nor was it related to any prior incidents that may have taken place. This incident was directly related to the physical confrontation that had taken place at the party involving Bassett.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Communication Center (916) 714-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 and the message.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVkgNHcV1G4&feature=channel_page

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A "Bulldog" Of A Dispatcher And Chat Room Strangers Help Find Endangered Teen

A doggedly determined dispatcher, a chat room community and a team of "techies" joined forces Tuesday night to find an endangered Roseville teen.

On Tuesday evening, April 14, Roseville Police and Fire dispatcher Kurt Anderson took a call from a young woman in Merced. She told Anderson that she was in an Internet chat room, where a teenager had disclosed that she had just purposely taken an overdose of pills. The Merced woman didn't know the name, address, or phone number of the girl--only that she lived in Roseville.

The Merced woman said that several visitors in the chat room, including the forum administrator on the east coast, pitched in to help. The Merced woman, the only other Californian in the chat room, agreed to call Roseville Police. The Merced woman, who requested anonymity, said, "I just did what I hope other people would do for me if I were in that situation."

While the other dispatchers took over Anderson's workload, Anderson got to work. He talked to the Merced woman on and off for more than an hour, as she relayed information from the forum administrator and other chat room members. At one point Anderson thought he had identified the girl's address. He made unanswered calls to the Roseville residence and even to surrounding neighbors, and dispatched officers there. It was the wrong house.

With the help of City of Roseville information technology staff, another Roseville address was identified. Roseville police officers and paramedics were dispatched again.

While emergency units were responding, Anderson telephoned the house and spoke with an adult woman. She confirmed she had a teenage daughter, who was asleep in bed. Anderson explained the situation, and urged her to check on her daughter. The girl was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Dave Applebaum, one of the Roseville Information Technology employees called to assist in the search, said of Anderson, "Kurt was amazing. He's a bulldog. He would not give up."

Police Chief Mike Blair said, "A whole team, including that compassionate young woman in Merced, came together to prevent a tragedy. Dispatcher Kurt Anderson deserves special recognition for his determination and resourcefulness."

Roseville Police Arrest Women For Vehicle Theft, Other Charges

At 7:45 a.m. on Sunday April 12, a Roseville Police officer was patrolling a residential neighborhood near Foothills Boulevard and Baseline Road, and contacted two women who were driving through the area. The officer discovered that the Honda Accord they were driving had been stolen from Newcastle the previous evening. The women were in possession of shaved vehicle keys and other burglar's tools, and checks, credit cards, mail, and other items of suspected stolen property. One of the items, a portable GPS navigation unit, had been taken in a March 30 vehicle break-in in Roseville.

Julissa Maria Cisneros, 31, and Tanya Rae Hailey, 31, both of Sacramento, were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglar's tools. Hailey was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were released from the Placer County Jail on $10,000 bail bonds.

Roseville Police Investigating Robbery

Roseville Police detectives are investigating a robbery that occurred at closing time, at a restaurant in the 900 block of Pleasant Grove Boulevard.

At 1:35 a.m. Sunday, April 12, two suspects entered the restaurant's office and attacked and robbed the manager of the business's cash. The suspects struck the victim on the head, tied him up and left. An employee discovered him a few minutes later, and called 911. The victim suffered a cut on his head, and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

One suspect was described as a black male, approximately 25 years old, 6'0" tall, 230 pounds, with a shaved head. He wore a dark colored hooded sweatshirt over a white t-shirt, and was armed with a handgun. He was accompanied by another male suspect. No description is available for the second suspect.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Roseville Police Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for anonymous information leading to arrest.

High Speed Motorcyclist Crashes And Kills Man On Bench

On April 16, 2009 at approximately 7:41 p.m., a CHP Officer observed a 2007 black Kawasaki motorcycle traveling westbound on Madison Avenue at College Oak Drive at a high rate of speed. The Officer entered westbound Madison Avenue and caught up to the motorcyclist at Hillsdale Boulevard. The Officer ran the motorcycle plate on his mobile digital computer and activated his forward red emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The motorcyclist began to yield to the right curb then accelerated at a high rate of speed. The motorcyclist passed several vehicles on the right at a high rate of speed and then ran a red light at Madison Avenue and Jackson Street. A Sacramento County Sheriff deputy was traveling eastbound Madison Avenue in the left turn lane and was beginning to turn northbound onto Jackson Street on a green light. As the motorcyclist ran the red light at Madison Avenue and Jackson Street he failed to see the Deputy and the motorcycle struck the left front of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle. The motorcycle continued out of control for approximately 200+ feet where it struck a bus stop bench, completely destroying it. Thomas Kimble, a 56 year old from Sacramento was seated on the bench when it was struck and he was thrown to the ground and sustained fatal injuries. The motorcyclist was ejected from the motorcycle and traveled in a westerly direction for approximately 250 feet through a parking lot and over a grass area before coming to rest in a business driveway. The motorcyclist was transported to Mercy San Juan Medical Hospital with serious injuries. The Sacramento County Sheriff Deputy did not sustain any injuries. CHP Valley Division MAIT (Multi Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team) responded to the scene and is handling the collision investigation.


The motorcyclist is a 17 year old male from Fair Oaks. He has been admitted to Mercy San Juan Hospital with major injuries but none that are life threatening. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. The motorcyclist is being charged with Felony Gross Vehicular manslaughter, Felony Evading, and driving without a license.

One In Jail Two To Go In Cannabis Dispensary Robberies

Sacramento Police Detectives are investigating three related robberies on cannabis dispensaries. Police have arrested one suspect and are seeking the community's help in identifying the other two, based on surveillance footage.

On April 10, 2008, a customer was leaving a dispensary located on X Street near 14th Street when two male blacks entered the business carrying a shotgun and handgun. The employees resisted and the suspects left leaving behind a shotgun.

On February 2, 2009, a customer was leaving a dispensary located near the 5800 block of Fruitridge Road when two male blacks armed with guns came in. The suspects stole marijuana and money.

On March 17, 2009, a customer was leaving a dispensary located near the 3300 block of Broadway when two male blacks entered the business armed with two revolvers, pistol-whipping a worker and stealing marijuana and cash.

The Neighborhood Crimes Unit's investigation revealed that 36-year-old Ronald Royal was a customer at the business during all three robberies. On April 16, 2009, Royal was arrested at his home without incident at the 8400 block of Center Parkway. Detectives believe that Royal conspired with others to commit the robberies by leaving the business, thus allowing for the robbers to get inside through the open door.
Detectives are still searching for two suspects captured on surveillance camera from the March 17th robbery. Suspect #1- male black adult, 6', large build, black beanie cap, black hooded sweatshirt, white t-shirt underneath, dark jeans, thin mustache, armed with black revolver. Suspect #2- male black adult, 5'10, thin build, black beanie cap, light-colored short sleeved button-up shirt with designs on it, dark jeans with white designs on the rear pocket.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Fatal Accident In South Area Neighborhood

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating a fatal collision that occurred at Gloria Drive near Woodshire Way.

On Friday, April 17, 2009, at 7:22 a.m., the Sacramento Police and Fire Department responded to the call of a traffic accident involving a pedestrian, a Lexus SUV, and a Toyota Camry. An off duty fire fighter captain was headed to work when he drove upon the accident and began to immediately provide CPR to the pedestrian. The pedestrian died at the scene due to the severity of his injuries. The victim is described as a male Asian approximately 50-60 years old.

Traffic investigators were called out to the scene. Based on the preliminary investigation, the Lexus SUV was driving eastbound on 43rd Avenue, just passing Woodshire Way with the Toyota Camry following behind. The driver of the SUV heard and felt an impact and stopped immediately. The Camry rear-ended the SUV. It is unknown at this time where the pedestrian was, or his direction of travel when he was hit by the SUV.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this accident to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Arrest Made In Bank Robbery

On October 31, 2008, the Elk Grove Police Department responded to a “takeover” style bank robbery at the Bank of America located at 5001 Laguna Blvd.

During the bank robbery, three masked men entered the bank and ordered everyone to the floor. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun during the robbery. The other two suspects jumped over a counter and took an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency from the teller drawers. The bank robbery suspects then fled in a stolen vehicle that was found abandoned moments after the robbery on a nearby street.

The stolen vehicle was processed by Crime Scene Investigators from the Elk Grove Police Department and evidence was recovered. The recovered evidence was later transferred to the Sacramento County Crime Lab for further processing.

The Sacramento County Crime Lab was able to connect 28-year-old Edwolon Beshears (Sacramento resident) to the bank robbery through DNA evidence. Beshears has been in custody at the Sacramento County Jail since November of 2008 for an unrelated offense. The investigation into this bank robbery continues as Detectives attempt to identify the other suspects involved.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

No One Likes A Double Crosser

The Sacramento Police Department will be conducting an enforcement operation aimed at drivers who do not stop at the white lines for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

On Thursday, April 16, 2009, the Traffic POP Team will be performing the first in a series of crosswalk operations. These operations will consist of a plain clothes officer crossing the street, within crosswalks at different intersections within the city. Motorcycle officers and officers in squad cars will be observing the plain clothes officer, looking for vehicles failing to yield the right of way.

In 2008, there were 229 reported vehicle accidents involving pedestrians in the City of Sacramento of which 204 had injuries and 7 resulted in fatalities. The Sacramento Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit receives several complaints each week regarding vehicles not yielding to pedestrians who are lawfully crossing the street.

The goal of these operations is to educate the public and to reduce the number of accidents between vehicles and pedestrians.

Police Release Photos Of Bank Robbers

The Sacramento Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects from two unrelated bank robberies.

On Sunday, April 5, 2009, the suspect entered Bel Air Market (located at 3250 Arena Boulevard) and proceeded to the Tri-Counties Bank (located inside the market). The suspect approached the bank teller, displayed a note and demanded money. The suspect handed the teller a brown paper bag in which cash was placed. He then fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a White man, 5'10" in height, and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He had brown hair, a goatee, and was wearing a tan dress shirt, tie, dark pants, and dark gloves. Below is a picture of the suspect.

On Saturday, April 11, 2009, a man entered the Wells Fargo Bank located at 3220 Arena Boulevard and approached a bank teller. The suspect handed the teller a note. Before the teller handed over money, the suspect became startled and fled. He was seen leaving the area in a 2003 or newer Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep was white with a black hardtop. It had oversized tires, chrome rims, and was lifted.

The suspect is described as a White man, 22-29 years-old, 6'00" in height and weighing approximately 300 pounds. He had reddish hair and a goatee. He was wearing a gray camouflaged baseball hat, black jeans and a t-shirt with "Saint Joseph Basketball" written on the front. Below is a picture of the suspect and the vehicle.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to these crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Roseville Police Plan Sobriety Checkpoint

The Roseville Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint on Friday evening, April 17, at an undisclosed location. Police officers will contact all drivers passing through the checkpoint, checking for alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers. Officers will also check to make sure all drivers have a valid driver's license.

The purpose of the checkpoint is to make Roseville's streets safer; to increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving; and to serve as a deterrent to potential impaired and unlicensed drivers.

While other types of traffic collisions are declining in Roseville, alcohol and drug-related traffic collisions are on the rise. Roseville officers investigated 35 DUI-related collisions in January and February, a 67 percent increase over the same last year. One person was killed and 23 injured in those collisions.

The Roseville Police Department is battling the problem with routine nightly DUI enforcement, special patrols, and sobriety checkpoints. Funding for Roseville's DUI enforcement was provided by a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Public's Help Needed To Solve 2006 Double Homicide

The Sacramento Police Department is seeking the assistance from the community to solve the 2006 homicide of 52-year-old Evelyn Wash and 48-year-old Deborah Williams.
On August 6, 2006, at 9:30 p.m., Evelyn Wash and Deborah Williams were shot to death inside their apartment at the Palms Lakes apartment complex located at 2453 Rio Linda Blvd.

This case is un-solved and the Sacramento Police Department's Cold Case Unit is seeking help from the public in trying to identify the person or persons responsible for this double homicide. At this time, detectives do not have a motive for the murders.

Minutes prior to the victims being found shot, a witness reported seeing three male Hispanics in their 20's leaving the complex. The composite sketch was recently completed based on the
witness information.

Arrest In South Sacramento Homicide

At approximately 12:01 a.m. on 04/11/09, while deputies were at the U.C. Davis Medical Center investigating an unrelated incident, a Black female adult entered the hospital with her husband. She had suffered a gunshot wound and would later die from her injuries.


At the time, the victim’s husband was not cooperative with investigators. After an extensive investigation by Sacramento County Sheriff’s homicide detectives into the facts and circumstances of the case, an arrest warrant was issued for her husband, Marquis LANDERS (DOB: 12-29-83) for the homicide. Landers was arrested near Tracy, after fleeing from the Sacramento area after the homicide.

Also arrested was Demario CHAPPELL (07-07-84), for aiding and abetting Landers by assisting him with his flight out of Sacramento and disposing of evidence of the crime.

The victim has been identified as Katricia BANKS (09/16/83).

The incident appears to be domestic violence-related. Further investigation is still being conducted in this case. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau.

Arrest Made In 1991 Homicide

Sacramento Homicide Detectives have arrested Carolyn Simmons for the June 1991 murder Richard Jackson.

On June 17, 1991, Sacramento Police Department responded to 1 Clauss Court on a homicide. The victim, 66-year-old Richard Jackson, died from blunt force trauma.

Early in the investigation, Carolyn Simmons was interviewed and believed to be a possible suspect. Detectives did not have enough evidence at the time to charge Simmons. In January 2009, Detectives received witness information indicating Simmons' involvement in the homicide of Jackson. Further interviews of other witnesses also confirmed that Simmons had involvement in the homicide. The investigation revealed that a possible motive for the homicide was robbery.

On April 14, 2009, at approx. 9:45 a.m., Detectives arrested Simmons for the murder of Richard Jackson. Detectives were able to make the arrest based on the witness statements, inconsistencies in the suspect's accounts of what occurred, and forensic evidence.

Monday, April 13, 2009

South Sacramento Homicide

At approximately 12:01 a.m. on 04/11/09, while deputies were at the U.C. Davis Medical Center investigating a separate incident, a Black female adult suffering from a gunshot wound came into the hospital, accompanied by a male companion. The victim later succumbed to her injuries. Homicide detectives are trying to determine the facts and circumstances that led to her death, but so far have been able to acquire few facts. There is no suspect information at this time.

Gold River Homicide

At approximately 3:18 a.m. on April 11, 2009, deputies were called to the 11800 block of Prospect Hill Drive in Gold River. When they arrived, they observed the victim lying in the street, and the suspect standing nearby. Medical personnel pronounced the victim deceased from an apparent stab wound. He is described as a male Hispanic adult, 22 years old. The suspect, Daniel Ortega (04-27-76), was detained and subsequently arrested for the crime.

Ortega lives at the residence with his wife, and the victim was known to Ortega and/or his wife. It is unknown at this time what the nature of their relationship was. Shortly before the homicide, the victim arrived at the residence and an argument ensued between him and Ortega, which detectives believe culminated in Ortega stabbing the victim.

Suspects Arrested In Homicide

On April 9, 2009, at approximately 5:52 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to Carmichael Park, where park employees discovered a body. The victim, Richard John Seeger (10-31-51), was lying in the parking lot deceased. Seeger was a transient who was working at a local eatery, and living in his SUV in the parking lot of Carmichael Park. According to detectives, he had suffered multiple sharp force injuries to his upper body, which caused his death.

Today, April 10, 2009, detectives assigned to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit arrested two subjects for Seeger’s Murder. They are identified as James Ray Alden (08/24/73), and Bobby Brady (03/29/85).

Seeger’s SUV was recovered in the neighborhood where Alden and Brady were staying. A combination of physical evidence and witness statements tied both suspects to the crime. Robbery appears to be the motive.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Police Search For Homicide Suspect

The Sacramento Police Department is searching for David Denson, for the murder of Dusty Vasquez, and for shooting two other victims. Police are also looking to speak with Donann Fox who is the suspect's girlfriend.

On Friday, April 10, 2009 at 7:11 a.m. hours, the Sacramento Police Department responded to the 3000 block of Del Paso Blvd on a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered Dusty Vasquez deceased at the scene from gun shot wounds. Vasquez' mother and brother were also shot with non-life threatening injuries.


Homicide Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to assist with the investigation. At this time, investigators believe that Denson came over to the victim's residence and got into a verbal argument. Denson then shot three of the residents. Denson's girlfriend, Donann Fox, is friends with the victims.

David Denson is described as a 30-year-old, male, Black, 5'10", 220 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, possibly driving a silver 2009 Mazda 5 Lic#6GAF706.

Donann Fox is described as a 25-year-old, female, Black, 5'6", 150 lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Roseville Police Arrest Assault Suspect

Thursday evening, officers from the Roseville Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit and Vice and Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested 21-year-old Bret James Larson in Citrus Heights.

Larson is suspected of sexually assaulting and torturing a woman in a residence in Roseville approximately two weeks ago, and threatening her repeatedly after she left. When she returned to what she thought was an unoccupied residence on April 7 to retrieve personal belongings, Larson is suspected of ambushing her and then beating, threatening with a knife, imprisoning and choking her.

Larson is being held in the Placer County Jail without bail on charges of attempted murder, two counts of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, making terrorist threats, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, assault with intent to commit rape, committing lewd acts on a dependent adult, sodomy, sexual penetration with a foreign object, torture, and false imprisonment.

Homicide On Pasadena Avenue

On April 4, 2009, at 10:49 p.m., Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a stabbing near the corner of Pasadena Avenue and Hillswood Drive. Deputies arrived and found a 26-year-old male suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen. Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died.

Investigators quickly determined the victim lived at an address in the 3900 block of Pasadena Avenue. Deputies went to the home and detained two female adults and one male adult, later identified as 50-year-old Jerry Villa, the victim’s father. After being questioned by Sheriff’s Homicide detectives, Villa was arrested and booked (see booking photo below) into the Sacramento County Main Jail on one count of murder. The two females were released after being questioned; detectives do not believe they were involved in the murder.

Detectives believe the victim and his father had an ongoing dispute which culminated in the stabbing.

Police Investigate Homicide In Del Paso Heights

On Friday, April 10, 2009 at 7:11 a.m. hours, the Sacramento Police Department responded to the 3000 block of Del Paso Blvd on a shooting. Upon arrival, officers discovered a female, Hispanic, late 20's, deceased at the scene. They further discovered an additional female and male with non-life threatening gun shot injuries.

Homicide Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators continue to investigate this crime as to motivation and suspect(s) information. It is believed, thus far in the investigation, that the victims and the suspect(s) are known to each other.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

U.S. Census Workers Will Be In Sacramento

Who's that unknown person walking around, knocking on doors, and calling on you? It could be a U.S. Census worker as they begin to canvas neighborhoods in Sacramento.

The Census Bureau has launched a massive address canvassing operation to verify and update more than 145 million addresses as it prepares to conduct the 2010 Census. The Address canvassing began on April 6 and will run until June 12. In most cases, census workers will knock on residents' doors to verify addresses, and to determine if there are additional living quarters on the properties.

The U.S. Constitution requires that everyone living in the United States be counted every 10 years. "The goal of the census is to count everyone once, only once, and in the right place," said Ralph Lee, Seattle Regional Director from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Census workers can be identified by the official blue and white Census Bureau badge, and carrying an electronic hand held computer and a black canvas bag with the Census Bureau written on it. Census workers will never ask for bank or social security information, and will not ask to come into your home. Census workers will be out during daylight hours, seven days a week. Residents can contact the Census Office at (209) 235-3471 if they want the identity of the worker verified. Below are some examples of the Census Bureau badges.


Police Sergeant Honored For Act Of Kindness

On Wednesday, April 8, 2009, Sacramento Police Sergeant Roman Murrieta will be honored by Natomas High School, at their School Board Meeting, for an act of kindness.

On Tuesday, March 3, 2009, Sergeant Murrieta observed a group of special needs students heading towards the corner of San Juan Road and Truxel Road. A short time later, as he was patrolling back through the area, he observed the same group of students huddling together at the Save Mart, under shelter from the pouring rain.

With no end to the rain in sight, Sergeant Murrieta offered his assistance to these students in need. Making four trips, storing wheel chairs in his trunk, Sergeant Murrieta safely transported all eight students back to Natomas High School.

The Sacramento Police Department is proud that he is being recognized for going above and beyond his regular duties. Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel said, "Sergeant Murrieta is a wonderful asset to the community." Sergeant Murrieta provided a much needed service to his community and one that the students of Natomas High School won't soon forget. This is just one example of the good things police officers do everyday.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Roseville Police Investigating Robbery

At approximately 1 p.m. Monday, April 6, a woman reported being robbed as she drove out of the Brickyard Center at the corner of Foothills Boulevard and Baseline Road. The 24-year-old woman reported that as she was driving out of the parking lot onto Foothills Boulevard, a man got into her vehicle, pointed a handgun at her, and demanded her wallet. He took cash and then got out of her vehicle and got into another waiting vehicle. The victim was upset, but did not report being injured.

The suspect was described as a light-complexioned white male in his 20s, 6'0" tall, 165 pounds, with short blonde hair and an earring in one ear. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a green hooded sweatshirt, and dark colored pants. He was last seen getting into a waiting dark green two-door, similar to a Honda Civic or Honda Accord. The suspect vehicle had tinted side and rear windows and a rear spoiler. It was last seen being driven south on Foothills Boulevard.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to call the Roseville Police Department Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070, or Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-7867. Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 cash rewards for anonymous tips leading to arrest.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Arrest Made In Theft Of Lance Armstrong's Bicycle

The Sacramento Police Department arrested 39-year-old, Lee Crider, for the theft of Lance Armstrong's team bicycles. Police also arrested 34-year-old, Dung Le, for possession of stolen property.

On Sunday, February 15, 2009, a report was made to the Sacramento Police Department regarding four bicycles that were stolen from the back of a Ryder truck which contained 26 bicycles. The bicycles belonged to Team Astana who were in Sacramento competing in the Amgen Tour of California. The truck was parked in a downtown Sacramento alley between 15th and 16th Streets near L Street. The thief pried an exterior lock which secured the bicycles inside the truck. One of the stolen bicycles belonged to Armstrong.

On February 18, 2009, Dung Le drove to the police station and turned in Lance Armstrong's bicycle. Detectives confirmed that the bike was in fact Armstrong's stolen bicycle.

On February 20, 2009, detectives served a search warrant at Le's residence. Evidence obtained as a result of the search warrant service led detectives to the identity of Lee Crider. Detectives were able to link Crider to the actual theft of the bicycles. Based on the information obtained during the investigation, detectives believe that Crider stole the bicycles during the night as a crime of opportunity when he noticed the Ryder truck in the alleyway with a lock that was easily removed. Crider stole all the three bicycles and later sold one bicycle to Dung Le. Detectives have not been able to locate the other two blue Trek bicycles that were stolen. Detectives arrested Dung Le because it is believed that he initially obtained Lance Armstrong's bicycle knowing it was stolen and for reasons other than to return it to its owner.

On April 7, 2009, the Sacramento Police Department added the charge of burglary on Lee Crider, who was already in custody on a parole violation. Dung Le was arrested at his home without incident.


Police Arrest Three Suspects For 2006 Homicide

The Sacramento Police Department has charged Alex Brown, David Carrera, and Terry Alexander with the 2006 murder of James Ramirez. All three are currently incarcerated in the Sacramento County Jail on a different case, pending jury trial.

On January 3, 2006, at 4:57 a.m., officers responded to 4555 Francis Court regarding a shooting, where they discovered the body of 18-year-old, James Ramirez.

The Sacramento Police Department's Homicide and Crime Scene Investigation Units responded to the scene. Based on their investigation, they determined that the suspects forced their way into the home of two male victims at 18th Avenue and 21st Street. The suspects kidnapped both victims from their residence and drove them to the Francis Court address, where they shot and killed victim Ramirez. The suspects left victim Ramirez at Francis Court and dropped the other victim off in the 2100 block of 15th Avenue.

Follow-up investigation has revealed that Brown, Carrera, and Alexander were responsible for this crime.