September 2015

People v Deandre Dixon and Omouri Forrest-Edwards Sep 30, 2015

On September 24, 2015, Defendants Deandre “Lil’ D” Dixon and Omouri “Beastie” Forrest-Edwards were convicted of the March 2010 murder of Mohamed Diop. The jury set the murder degree at first degree for Dixon and second degree for Forrest-Edwards and found various firearms clauses to be true.

Both defendants, teenage members of Ghost Town’s 'P-Team' subset, broke into the victim’s home the day before the shooting and stole a hand-held safe containing a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The day of the shooting, the victim confronted Defendant Dixon about the burglary and Dixon denied any involvement in the crime. As he walked away from the confrontation, Defendant Dixon told a friend of his intention to collect a gun and co-defendant Forrest-Edwards, and return to kill the victim.

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DA O’Malley Helps Launch New Initiative for Students Sep 30, 2015

On September 29, 2015, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley joined forces with two non-profits to help launch a new initiative called '10 Deep Breaths'. The program, part of a broader Be Kind Online campaign, is designed to help students foster positive online relationships, and build digital environments based on kindness and respect.

10 Deep Breaths is an innovative new program by two Bay Area based non-profit organizations, Beyond Differences and iKeepSafe. The program encourages youth to pause before responding to negative communications online, foresee the potential ramifications of their communications, as well as to increase empathy and awareness, and decrease social isolation.

The two non-profits, along with DA O'Malley, launched the program at an interactive event with more than 100 students from Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro. As part of the presentation, the students were shown negative online comments and asked how they would respond. They were guided through a mindfulness exercise - taking 10 deep breaths - by their school counselor and she discussed how using this technique can positively affect their behaviour and decision making.

DA O'Malley presenting to the students from Bancroft Middle School in San Leandro.

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People v Spencer Freeman Smith Sep 25, 2015

On 11 September, 2015, defendant Spencer Freeman Smith pled guilty as charged to felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for hitting and killing a bicyclist in Dublin in 2012. On 25 September, 2015, the judge imposed the sentence of five years of felony probation, one year county jail (1 month in custody, 11 months electronic monitoring), and other standard terms of probation.

The 57-year-old victim, Bo Hu, was riding his bike along Dougherty Road late on May 15, 2012, when he was hit from behind by Defendant Smith in his car. Despite the substantial damage to the front of his car and windscreen, Defendant Smith failed to stop at the scene and continued on home. The victim died as a result of injuries sustained by being hit by Defendant Smith.

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People v Kalonji Sandre Edwards Sep 25, 2015

On September 23, 2015, a jury found Kalonji Sandre Edwards guilty of first degree residential robbery, criminal threats, and for violating a restraining Order. His accomplice, Denzel Green, pled guilty as charged on the final day of the trial.

Defendant Edwards and the victim knew each other, having previously been in a relationship together. On June 23, 2015, Defendant Edwards went to the victim's residence in Livermore around 2 AM and demanded money that the victim owed him. The victim offered a partial payment and went inside her apartment. Defendant Edwards forced his way in, and locked the door behind him. He threatened to kill the victim, and proceeded to ransack her apartment. There was a knock at the door, and Defendant Green let in his accomplice Denzel Green to the victim's apartment, and ordered him to look around for anything valuable.

Defendant Edwards and Green take the victim's ID, bank card, keys, jewelry, iPhone and other miscellaneous items. At the time of this offence, Defendant Edwards was on probation for committing acts of domestic violence against the victim and other women.

Defendant Edwards is scheduled to be sentenced on October 30. Green will also be charged for his involvement in the crimes on that date. The case was prosecuted by DDA Matt Gaidos with assistance from Victim-Witness Advocate Nicole Santos.

(Docket #H57737)

People v Damari Mathews Sep 25, 2015

On July 27, 2015, a jury found defendant Damari Mathews guilty of second degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon with priors and carrying a loaded firearm on one's person within a city.

On September 21, 2013, around 5:30pm, the victim went for a walk near his house in San Leandro with his three year old grandson and his dog. The victim, Guo Qiang Wu, a 61-year-old non-English speaker, walked past a vehicle with two males inside. He turned the corner and noticed the two males (one of them being Defendant Mathews) following him on foot.

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Alameda County Wins Award for HEAT Watch Anti-Trafficking Outreach Sep 24, 2015

The County of Alameda and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office are proud to receive the 2015 Savvy Silver Circle Award for the outstanding community outreach component of the DA’s Office’s HEAT (Human Exploitation And Trafficking) Watch program.

The accolade was awarded by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) at their annual conference in Atlanta, GA. The HEAT Watch outreach efforts, that included an effective billboard and social media campaign, won in the category for Most Innovative.

For the past 27 years, the Savvy Awards competition has recognized outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships. Winning entries have demonstrated best practices in the field and have also served as the benchmark for local government communication efforts around the nation.

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DA’s Justice Academy Accepting Applications for 2016 Class Sep 21, 2015

Applications for the 2016 District Attorney’s Justice Academy are now available.

The District Attorney’s Justice Academy is a six month learning and working experience for high school juniors and seniors ages 16 and up who are interested in pursuing the study of law, justice, social justice, and the courts. The Academy is offered to students who are residents of Alameda County and attend public school in the following districts:

  • Tri-Valley: Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore Valley.
  • Eden Area: Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo.
  • North County: Alameda Unified, Albany, Berkeley, Emery, Oakland, Piedmont.

To find out more about the program and download an application form, please visit our DAJA page.

Alameda County DA Host the Safe Drug Take-Back Day Sep 17, 2015

Alameda County DA’s Office Participates in Nationwide Event

The public is encouraged to bring any unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription or over the counter medication for free, confidential and safe disposal at the Alameda County DA's Safe Drug Take-Back Day.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, is participating in National Drug Take Back Day.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 10AM – 2PM


  • Alameda County Family Justice Center, 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA
  • Fremont Hall of Justice, 39439 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA
  • Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice Courthouse, 5672 Stoneridge Drive #D, Pleasanton, CA
  • George E. McDonald Hall of Justice Courthouse, 2233 Shoreline Drive, Alameda, CA

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People v Miguel Angel Torres Sep 15, 2015

On September 10, 2015, a jury found defendant Miguel Angel Torres guilty of one count of forcible rape, five counts of forcible sexual penetration by a foreign object, one count of second degree robbery with an allegation of personal infliction of great bodily injury during the offense, and one count of sexual battery by restraint. The jury also found true Defendant Torres' prior convictions of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a non-confined person by a prisoner. He was also in violation of his parole.

On May 24, 2014, at around 12:15am, a 19-year-old female college student was returning home to her apartment building in an unincorporated area of Hayward. As she walked towards her apartment, Defendant Torres (who was unknown to the victim) ran up behind her and struck her violently in the back of the head. The victim blacked out and fell to the ground. Defendant Torres jumped on top of her and used his hand to cover her mouth. He threatened her, saying “don’t scream or I’ll shoot you…..give me your purse and everything will be ok.”

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Alameda County DA Receives $835,000 Award from Manhattan DA Sep 10, 2015

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced that her office is the recipient of an award dedicated to the testing of backlogged and untested sexual assault forensic evidence kits (or 'SAKs'). Earlier today, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the award of approximately $38 million in grants to 32 jurisdictions in 20 states across the U.S. These grants are awarded to eliminate backlogs of untested SAKs. The two-year awards - ranging in amount from approximately $97,000 to $2 million - will help test an estimated 56,475 SAKs, generating DNA evidence that will help solve cases across the country.

Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Loretta Lynch joined District Attorney Vance to announce the recipients of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) separate, but complementary, $41 million Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Grant Program, which is expected to test nearly 13,500 kits in 20 jurisdictions. DA O'Malley and her office were strong advocates for federal funding to local law enforcement to test previously untested SAKs. DA O'Malley worked closely with Congressman Mike Honda, who serves on the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives, to ensure $41 million in federal funds were included in the 2014-15 federal budget.

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People v Joel Perry Sep 2, 2015

On August 31, 2015, a jury found defendant Joel Perry guilty as charged of first degree murder, attempted murder, two counts of attempted second degree robbery, and three counts of assault with an assault weapon. All counts included gun use and gang enhancements.

On February 29, 2008, the two victims sat in a car in Union City’s Kennedy Park when approximately five Hispanic males approached the car. One of the men asked the victims what gang they were in and the two victims denied participating in gangs. The men then demanded the victims hand over their cash, necklaces and cell phones, and one of the gang members reached into the vehicle to grab Victim 1’s necklaces. The victims refused to give them their valubles.

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