Man Ordered to Stand Trial and Face Murder and Robbery Charges in the Ambush of an Armored Brinks Security Vehicle in Oakland

Man Ordered to Stand Trial and Face Murder and Robbery Charges in the Ambush of an Armored Brinks Security Vehicle in Oakland

March 21, 2024

Oakland, CA—Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price has filed felony charges for Murder, Robbery, Attempted Murder, and other gun-related charges against the defendant Trevon Johnson for the September 23, 2022, shooting death of one person and the robbery and attempted murder of a Brinks Security Guard. The shootings occurred during a Brinks business cash pick-up on International Blvd in East Oakland.

On March 14, 2024, after a preliminary hearing on the evidence, an Alameda County Superior Court Judge held defendant Trevon Johnson to answer to felony charges and the case to proceed to a jury trial for Murder, Robbery, Attempted Murder, Felon in Possession of a Gun and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. Prosecutors with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed a felony Information alleging all charges. Defendant Johnson has been ordered to appear to face arraignment on the felony charges on March 28, 2024, at the Alameda County Superior Courthouse in Oakland.

If convicted, defendant Trevon Johnson faces up to 43 years and 8 months to life in prison.

 

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The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (DAO) is one of California’s largest prosecutors’ offices and is led by Alameda County’s first Black woman District Attorney Pamela Y. Price. Price brings her vision to this office to fairly administer justice in the pursuit of thriving, healthy, and safe communities for every person who steps foot in Alameda County, no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, income, or zip code. Price has been recognized as one of the most progressive prosecutors through her forward-thinking, innovative strategies to interrupt cycles of violence and crime and bring change to a criminal justice system rooted in systemic racism.

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Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price’s Office Joins in $17.75 Million Settlement Agreement with Mariner Health Care for False Advertising and Putting Vulnerable Residents at Risk

Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price’s Office Joins in $17.75 Million Settlement Agreement with Mariner Health Care for False Advertising and Putting Vulnerable Residents at Risk

The settlement includes all of Mariner Health Care Inc.’s California skilled nursing facilities, including five facilities within Alameda County. 

March 19, 2024

Oakland, CA— Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price joined the California Attorney General’s Office and the District Attorneys from Los Angeles, Marin, and Santa Cruz Counties in announcing a $17.75 million top-value settlement against Mariner Health Care Inc. and its related operating and holding companies (Mariner) which operate 19 skilled nursing facilities throughout the state, including five facilities in Alameda County.

“This case involved very vulnerable patients needing specialized health care,” said Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price. “The hard-working prosecutors in our Consumer Justice Bureau helped the statewide team ensure that the Mariner facilities in Alameda County were held accountable for any mistreatment or neglect their patients may have experienced and to ensure that Mariner follows the law moving forward.”

The settlement filed in Alameda County is linked to the Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan of two of the Mariner entities that are in Chapter 11 and will provide injunctive relief for a minimum of five years, oversight by an independent monitor for a minimum of three years, payment of $2.25 million in costs, and penalties of up to $15.5 million dollars for any violations of the injunction or law.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office’s investigation into Mariner dates back to 2019 when it joined the California Department of Justice’s Division of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse and the three other county district attorney offices in investigating allegations of neglect and abuse of residents in Mariner’s skilled nursing facilities (i.e., infected bedsores, falls, disease, pests or assault), including at Parkview Healthcare Center in the City of Alameda. When informal efforts failed to secure Mariner’s full compliance with the law, a formal complaint was filed against Mariner and its affiliated operating companies on April 8, 2021. The 2021 civil complaint alleged Mariner violated California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, provisions of the California Health & Safety Code, and state/federal regulations by understaffing its facilities and subjecting its patients to negligent care while inflating their skilled nursing facilities advertised ratings to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The stipulated judgment entered into by Mariner (which neither admits nor denies any wrongdoing) makes the above injunctive terms permanent, with sunsetting provisions for the court-appointed monitor that the Court can lengthen if continued violations occur. It also places the $15,500,000 “hammer” in civil penalties above Mariner should it seek to escape or continue to violate its obligations.

 

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The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (DAO) is one of California’s largest prosecutors’ offices and is led by Alameda County’s first Black woman District Attorney Pamela Y. Price. Price brings her vision to this office to fairly administer justice in the pursuit of thriving, healthy, and safe communities for every person who steps foot in Alameda County, no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, income, or zip code. Price has been recognized as one of the most progressive prosecutors through her forward-thinking, innovative strategies to interrupt cycles of violence and crime and bring change to a criminal justice system rooted in systemic racism. Follow Madam DA on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and @AlamedaCountyda on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts on All Four Counts Against Defendant in Child Molestation Case

Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts on All Four Counts Against Defendant in Child Molestation Case

March 12, 2024

Oakland, CA — Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price announced that prosecutors have secured guilty verdicts in the case of People vs. Cristobal Arevalo. A jury found Mr. Arevalo guilty of one count of Child Molesting, one count of Forcible Sexual Penetration, and two counts of Sexual Battery by Restraint.

“Children are exceptionally vulnerable victims of crimes in our community. My office takes crimes against children very seriously, and so did the jury in this case. We thank the jury for their work in delivering this guilty verdict. I also thank the team of prosecutors, inspectors, and victim-witness advocates for their professional work in conducting a thorough investigation and successful prosecution and for providing crucial services for the victim and their family” said District Attorney Price.

Mr. Arevalo is scheduled to be sentenced on March 27, 2024, at the Alameda County Superior Courthouse in Oakland.

 

 

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Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price Announces Felony Fraud Conviction of Former Fremont City Manager

Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price Announces Felony Fraud Conviction of Former Fremont City Manager

March 7, 2024

Oakland, CA— Today, Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price announced the conviction of former Fremont City Manager Mark Danaj, who pled guilty to felony fraud against the City of Fremont. The investigation and prosecution arose after it was discovered that Danaj had misused his Fremont City-issued credit card for personal expenses. The plea agreement requires Danaj to serve 90 days at Santa Rita Jail, serve two years on formal probation and pay $316,978 in restitution to the City of Fremont.

In 2021, Danaj was fired from his job as City Manager, and while negotiating his severance package, he failed to disclose that he owed the City money on its CalCard. It was only after receiving the $316,617 severance package that Danaj informed officials that he owed $6,873 on the credit card. The omission of that information during negotiations is considered theft by false pretense, as it was Danaj’s duty as City Manager to disclose the debt.

“This resolution brings accountability and closure to the citizens of the City of Fremont, which has long been overdue,” said District Attorney Pamela Price. When a public official abuses the public’s trust and position of authority and uses it to steal taxpayer resources for his own personal gain, it erodes the framework upon which our government is based.”

In the plea agreement, Danaj stipulated that he owes the City of Fremont $316,977.74 in restitution, comprised of $360.74 of CalCard charges for Danaj’s personal expenses and the $316,617 severance.

“When my administration took over in January 2023, we found that this case was under-charged. My predecessor had filed felony charges against Mr. Danaj for his misuse and embezzlement of public funds. However, it was still unclear why the City of Fremont had paid Mr. Danaj a severance valued over $300,000 at the time of his termination in September 2021. Further investigation and analysis by my Public Accountability Unit revealed that the City had only agreed to pay Mr. Danaj the severance because the city did not know that Mr. Danaj had committed fraud. Additionally, Ms. O’Malley’s brother was representing the defendant which presented an obvious conflict of interest. If my administration had not taken over this case, Mr. Danaj would not have been convicted of defrauding the City of Fremont, and the public’s valid questions about Mr. Danaj’s severance would never be answered.”

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The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (DAO) is one of California’s largest prosecutors’ offices and is led by Alameda County’s first Black woman District Attorney Pamela Y. Price. Price brings her vision to this office to fairly administer justice in the pursuit of thriving, healthy, and safe communities for every person who steps foot in Alameda County, no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, income, or zip code. Price has been recognized as one of the most progressive prosecutors through her forward-thinking, innovative strategies to interrupt cycles of violence and crime and bring change to a criminal justice system rooted in systemic racism. Follow Madam DA on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and @AlamedaCountyda on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price Reaffirms her Commitment to Transparency in Sharing Information with the Public

Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price Reaffirms her Commitment to Transparency in Sharing Information with the Public

March 1, 2024

Oakland, CA— Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price reaffirms her commitment to sharing data from her office with the public. Achieving a level of transparency involves collecting and aggregating reliable case-related data. However, that has proven to be a significant challenge, primarily due to a poorly developed and untested technological infrastructure the new administration inherited in 2023. While the case management system functions to support day-to-day case responsibilities, it is woefully inadequate for creating summary data accurately representing our operations over time.

“I tasked my chief of administration and operations to research and identify partners to join our office in building a first-of-its-kind data use agreement with the California Policy Lab at UC Berkeley,” said DA Pamela Price. “Our first engagement with CPL focused on reviewing five years of basic data for the office. This analysis is currently in the final stages of data validation. Our goal is to create a data-driven support system that will be an asset for prosecutors while simultaneously meeting the need for transparency without compromising the pursuit of justice for victims of crime.”

In addition to working with CPL to expedite a state-of-the-art data management system, the ACDAO is also engaging in robust data and analytic capacity-building work, including partnering with the Safety and Justice Challenge Network and the Prosecutorial Performance Indicators (PPIs). Through this collaboration, the DA’s office will create a broader, more streamlined, accessible, and sturdy set of supports all in one place. The work has already begun with a data diagnostic establishing a solid foundation for future indicator and metric development and additional analysis support.

 

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The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (DAO) is one of California’s largest prosecutors’ offices and is led by Alameda County’s first Black woman District Attorney Pamela Y. Price. Price brings her vision to this office to fairly administer justice in the pursuit of thriving, healthy, and safe communities for every person who steps foot in Alameda County, no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, income, or zip code. Price has been recognized as one of the most progressive prosecutors through her forward-thinking, innovative strategies to interrupt cycles of violence and crime and bring change to a criminal justice system rooted in systemic racism. Follow Madam DA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and @AlamedaCountyda on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.