El Cerrito Police Department logs from Sept. 9 to Sept. 12.These are some of the items that appeared on the
Assault and Battery – Ohlone Greenway/BART Path between Conlon Avenue and Wall Avenue
On Monday, Sept. 9 at 6:53 p.m., a young woman was walking northbound along the BART path and texting on her cell phone. A man walking southbound on the BART path directly in front of her approached and struck her in the head several times. The suspect grabbed the victim and began pulling her toward bushes along the side of the path. A resident heard the victim cry for help and yelled at the suspect. The suspect fled the area southbound on the BART Path. Please see earlier release and police sketch regarding this incident.
Warrant Arrest - El Cerrito Plaza BART Station
On Monday, Sept. 9 at 7:15 p.m., while searching for the suspect in the assault on the BART path, officers stopped and held the southbound BART train at the EC Plaza to conduct a search. Officers detained a man matching the description of the suspect and removed him from the train. The victim did not identify the man as the suspect in the assault. However, the man had a warrant for his arrest from San Francisco Police Department. Officers arrested the man and took him to county jail.
Driving Under the Influence - San Pablo Avenue and Fairmount Avenue
On Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 1:12 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle and arrested the driver, a 57-year-old man from Richmond, for DUI. The officer booked the man and then released him with a citation to a sober friend.
Warrant Arrest - El Cerrito Police Department
On Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 9:30 p.m., an officer contacted a man wanted for failing to appear in court for his DUI arrest in El Cerrito. The officer convinced him to turn himself into the police department. The man arrived at ECPD half an hour later and turned himself in. The officer booked the 46-year-old man from Albany and then transported him to county jail in Martinez.
Attempted Burglary - 11400 block of San Pablo Avenue
On Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 2:40 a.m., officers responded to a report of four suspects attempting to break into a shed behind a residence. The resident heard noises coming from the backyard and looked outside their window to see the men trying to gain entry to a storage shed in the backyard. The resident opened a window and confronted the suspects, which apparently scared them away. Officers searched the area for the suspects but were unsuccessful in locating them. There was no loss reported.
Driving Under the Influence - San Pablo Avenue and Cutting Boulevard
On Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 3:54 a.m., a patrol Sergeant conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle and arrested the 30-year-old female driver from Richmond for DUI. A 35-year-old male passenger was heavily intoxicated and had a large open wound on his head from a fall he sustained before he got into the car. The man was so drunk he was unable to care for himself so the Sergeant took him into custody. Both subjects were transported to the El Cerrito Police Department where they were booked. The woman was released with a citation and the man was transported to county jail.
Shoplifting – Safeway, 11450 San Pablo Avenue
On Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 11:20 p.m., an officer responded to Safeway for a call of shoplifting. The officer arrived and learned that store security had detained a man for stealing $90.00 worth of groceries. The officer accepted the citizen’s arrest of the 36-year-old man from Richmond. The man lied about his true name. It did not work. The officer booked the man at the El Cerrito Police Department and then released him with a citation for theft and false identification to a police officer.
Resisting Arrest and Possession of Narcotics and Paraphernalia - San Pablo Ave and Wall Ave
On Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 11:29 p.m., an officer attempted to contact a possible suspect from a theft from Safeway but the man ran away. The officer gave chase and caught the suspect in the middle of San Pablo Avenue. A search of the 53-year-old man from San Francisco revealed suspected rock cocaine and a hypodermic needle filled with suspected narcotics. The officer booked the man at the El Cerrito Police Department and then released him pending charges from the District Attorney.
Vehicle Pursuit and Possession of Narcotics - Arlington Blvd and Potrero Avenue
On Thursday, Sept. 12 at 2:55 a.m., an officer attempted to conduct a stop on a suspicious vehicle however, the driver sped away leading the officer on a pursuit. The driver of the green Ford Explorer took officers on a four-mile pursuit, which terminated in the parking lot of the Lytton Casino in San Pablo. The suspect exited the car and threw a pill bottle containing suspected methamphetamine underneath the Explorer. The driver resisted arrest but, ultimately, the officers prevailed and took him into custody. An officer transported the man to the El Cerrito Police Department and booked him prior to transporting him to county jail in Martinez.
Possession of a Tear Gas Weapon, Narcotics and Paraphernalia - San Pablo Avenue and Manila Avenue
On Thursday, Sept. 12 at 3:49 a.m., a Sergeant conducted an enforcement stop on a bicyclist, a 35-year-old parolee from Pinole. A search of the man and his belongings revealed that he was in possession of a canister of pepper spray, which is prohibited for felons. Additionally, suspected crack cocaine and a crack pipe were found in his possession. The Sergeant booked the man and then released him pending charges filed by the District Attorney.
Vehicle Theft - 1200 block of Navellier St.
On Thursday, Sept. 11 between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., an unknown suspect stole a 1999 Honda Civic. The owner did not know the vehicle was stolen until a resident in the 1200 block of Scott St. called to report the vehicle was blocking their driveway.
Garage Burglary - 100 block of San Carlos Ave.
A citizen reports a suspect gained access into their garage by unknown means and stole a bicycle between Sept. 2—5.
Domestic Battery - Central Ave. at Oak St.
ECPD units responded to the listed intersection on the report of a fight between three males. Upon arrival, officers separated the involved parties and obtained their statements. While obtaining statements, officers learned that a 60-year-old Oakland man punched his domestic partner during a disagreement about the ownership of car parts. The man was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility and the victim was released at the scene.
Petty Theft - Luckys, 1000 El Cerrito Plaza
ECPD officers accepted the citizen’s arrest of two juveniles from Richmond for leaving the business with stolen merchandise. The juveniles were transported to the ECPD, booked, and then released to their parents.
Possession of a Firearm - 11450 San Pablo Ave.
Officers from the Traffic Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and made contact with the driver who was driving on a suspended license. As the officers spoke with the driver, a 25-year-old man from Richmond, they discovered he had a firearm concealed in his waistband. As an officer removed the firearm from the male’s waistband, they also located a loaded magazine in the same holster. The man was subsequently arrested, booked at the ECPD and then released with a citation.
Vehicle Theft - 6000 block of Tapscott Avenue
On Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:31 p.m., an officer responded to a call of a stolen vehicle. The officer learned that the victim’s 1997 Nissan Sentra was stolen from in front of their home sometime between 1800 hours on the 11th and 1930 hours on the 12th.