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Alameda police seek man on extortion charge

Submitted by on 1, January 27, 2011 – 12:21 pmNo Comment

Alameda police are looking for a Hayward man who they said tried to extort $200,000 from a former employer.

Police said Edward Contreras, 50, threatened to release information he felt would be damaging to his former employer at an upcoming trade show if they didn’t pay him by 9 a.m. today. Police are not releasing the name of the company from which Contreras was discharged either in 2007 or 2008.

“They did not part in good company,” Alameda Police Lt. Sean Lynch said. He said Contreras had filed for unemployment benefits which were denied.

They said Contreras moved out of his Hayward apartment a week ago. They have a $25,000 felony arrest warrant for Contreras on an extortion charge and are continuing to investigate the case.

“His whereabouts are unknown,” Lynch said.

Police are asking anyone with information about Contreras’ whereabouts to call them at 337-8340.

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