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Monday, February 28


ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE: Police arrested Yontan Mahari Tesfay, 19, of Alameda after authorities said he confessed to a February 19 beating in the parking lot of Alameda Cellars on Encinal Avenue. The victim of the attack, a 37-year-old Alameda man who Tesfay allegedly did not know, was entering the business at about 10:45 p.m. when the men got into a verbal exchange. Tesfay then allegedly waited until the man left Alameda Cellars and attacked him with his fists and feet, continuing to stomp and kick the man even after the victim lost consciousness. According to authorities, police initially arrested Tesfay for assault, but the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has chosen to upgrade the charge to attempted murder due to the severity of the alleged attack.

AUTO THEFT ARREST: Police arrested Manjinder Singh, 38, of San Jose for auto theft following a traffic stop on the 700 block of Buena Vista Avenue in which the car Singh was allegedly driving a vehicle that was found to have been reported stolen to the California Highway Patrol. The car appeared to belong to a family member of Singh and was taken during an apparent dispute, authorities said.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY: An unknown suspect or suspects cut padlocks at a commercial site on the 1600 block of Ferry Point and stole a grinding tool, police said.

MAIL THEFT: Police said a person or persons took a FedEx package from the front-door area of a residence on the 1300 block of Ballena Boulevard.

STOLEN GUN AND MARIJUANA FOR SALE ARREST: Deputies with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kieron Anthony Carr, 21, of Oakland on charges of possessing stolen property, possessing a loaded firearm, and possessing marijuana for sale after Carr was allegedly found in possession of a stolen firearm and marijuana packaged for sale, police said.

GRAND THEFT: Authorities said an unknown suspect entered Alameda Unified School District property on the 2400 block of Eagle Avenue by cutting a hole in the fence. The suspect then stole items and fled in an unknown direction, police said.

ASSAULT WITH WEAPON ARREST: Police booked Jose Valenzuela, 37, of Gridley on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, violating a court order, and providing false identification to police officers following an alleged shoplifting incident at Kohl’s at Alameda Towne Centre. According to authorities, store loss-prevention officers confronted a female suspect outside of the store on suspicion of shoplifting and then Valenzuela allegedly approached the Kohl’s employees with a knife and made “threatening jabbing motions” toward them. The woman and Valenzuela then allegedly fled. Police then located and arrested Valenzuela on the 1900 block of Sandcreek Way. He also had an outstanding felony warrant, authorities said.


Tuesday, March 1


FRAUD: A 73-year-old Alameda resident fell victim to a scam perpetrated through the U.S. mail, police said. According to authorities, the victim apparently sent money to a person who mailed a scam letter soliciting funds fraudulently.

FOUND NARCOTICS: A person discovered methamphetamine on the 600 block of Pacific Avenue, police said.

THREATS AND INTIMIDATION: A juvenile threatened to kill another juvenile with a knife, police said. According to authorities, the threat occurred at Will C. Wood Middle School on Grand Street.

Stolen vehicle: Teal 1993 Honda Accord, between 4 p.m. February 28 and 11:30 a.m. today, from the area of Madison Street and Mound Street.


Wednesday, March 2


NARCOTICS FOR SALE ARREST: Police arrested Hoa My Tran, 36, of Alameda on a charge of possession of narcotics for sale after she was allegedly found with MDMA.

FBI ASSIST: The Alameda Police Department assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a search and arrest warrant on the zero block of Oak Park Drive. Working with law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area, the FBI said they arrested 15 people with committing racketeering, extortionate extension of credit, and narcotics offenses at and through two Bay Area casino card clubs, Artichoke Joe’s Casino and Oaks Card Club.

OUTSIDE AGENCY ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ARSON ARREST: Alameda police arrested Nancy Jo McGinty, 51, of Danville on a warrant from Mendocino County concerning a December 2010 fire in the Willits area. According to press reports, McGinty is suspected by Mendocino County officials of intentionally setting a fire in an attempt to kill her disabled son and possibly herself. McGinty, who was booked on charges of attempted murder and arson, had been caring for her son for about six years following a car accident that left him dependent on round-the-clock care, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported.

ROBBERY AND ASSAULT ARREST: Police arrested Jordan Damien Bally, 21, of Alameda on suspicion of assault with a weapon and robbery. According to authorities, Bally self-surrendered on an outstanding warrant relating to an alleged December 31 incident on the property of the CVS store on Santa Clara Avenue in which a victim claimed someone took $300 from him at gunpoint.

Stolen bicycle: Blue and white beach cruiser, between 5 p.m. March 1 and 3 p.m. today, from the 2200 block of San Antonio Avenue.


Thursday, March 3


FRAUD ARREST: Police arrested Jesus De Jose Montejo, 20, of Oakland on suspicion of fraud after Montejo allegedly used a false Social Security number while seeking medical care for an injured hand at Alameda Hospital.

ROBBERY ARREST: Police arrested a juvenile on suspicion of robbery after he allegedly punched another juvenile and took his property. The two boys knew each other, authorities said.

BATTERY: An suspect slapped another individual in the face on Amber Isle, police said.


Friday, March 4


VANDALISM ARRESTS: Police arrested two juveniles who they said were vandalizing city property on the 300 block of Avenue A, authorities said. According to police, the juveniles were allegedly doing graffiti.

BATTERY: Police are investigating an alleged battery following a confrontation on the 1600 block of Webster Street.

GARAGE BURGLARY: An unknown suspect or suspects entered a garage on the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue, stole items, and fled, police said.


Saturday, March 5


ASSAULT: Police said a large closing-time fight outside of Scobies Sports Bar and Grill may have resulted in at least one injury.

BURGLARY: Police are investigating the alleged burglary of a residence on the 1800 block of Elm Street.

COMMERCIAL BURGLARY: An individual reported the burglary of a storage shed belonging to Burger King on the 1900 block of Webster Street, police said.

CHURCH BURGLARY: An unknown person or persons entered Christ Episcopal Church on the 1700 block of Santa Clara Avenue, took a backpack, and fled the area in an unknown direction, police said. The backpack contained an urn holding the ashes of a deceased person.


Sunday, March 6


COUNTERFEIT BILLS: Police are investigating the appearance of counterfeit money on Park Street following a March 6 incident at a Valero gas station and a March 1 incident at Dimitra’s Sandwiches to Go. The appearances follow a February announcement from the Park Street Business Association that fake $20 bills were turning up in the area and that consumers should be alert and check their money for watermarks, texture, and image sharpness.

BURGLARY: A person or persons entered an unlocked apartment on the 2200 block of Clinton Avenue, selected items, and fled, police said.

Stolen vehicle: White 1998 Ford Mustang, between 11 p.m. March 5 and 10:30 a.m. today, from the 1900 block of Buena Vista Avenue.

Stolen bicycle: Red Schwinn, between 7 p.m. March 5 and 9:30 a.m. today, from the 900 block of Park Street.


  • new alamedan says:

    I am very disturbed. I just found this site, and see so much crime. I just applied for an apartment, and put a deposit down. Now I see that there is so much more crime than people have been telling me. I have asked the apartment complex, and the school I signed my child up for, they both said this is a very safe community. ON the Berkely parents network there are many posts telling how family friendly and safe alameda is.

    Should I be afraid? should I withdraw my applications?

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