December 2018

Murder Charges Filed in Fremont Murder-for-Hire Dec 20, 2018

Dublin, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today filed murder charges against Maria Moore and Marvel Salvant in a sophisticated murder-for-hire case that resulted in the homicide of Fremont resident Dominic Sarkar. An extensive and complex criminal investigation by the Fremont Police Department revealed that Maria Moore, the beneficiary of the victim’s life insurance policies, hired Marvel Salvant to kill Dominic Sarkar on October 8, 2018.

The two suspects have been charged as follows:

Both stand charged with murder, a violation of Penal Code Section 187(a) with two special circumstances alleged: that the murder was intentional and carried out for financial gain (PC 190.2(a)(1), and that the murder was committed by means of lying in wait (PC 190.2(a)(5). Salvant is also charged with unlawful possession a firearm in violation of Penal Code Section 29800.

Both defendants are expected to be arraigned in the East County Hall of Justice on 12/20/18 at 2:00 pm in Department 712.

Please see attached criminal complaint and declaration of probable cause.

Because this is now an active criminal prosecution, the District Attorney’s Office is not able to make further comments on the matter.

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Media Contact: ADA Teresa Drenick // Teresa.Drenick@acgov.org // (510) 272-6280

Press Release (PDF)

Charging Documents (PDF)

People v Jabulani Williams Dec 17, 2018

On December 12, 2018, a jury convicted Jabulani Williams of first degree premeditated murder and found true the allegation that Defendant used a deadly weapon, a knife, in connection with the November 21, 2013, murder of Casey Walker.

On November 21, 2013, Williams was tipped off that Casey Walker, a man with whom Williams had had an argument approximately three weeks prior, had been seen in the neighborhood. Williams immediately set off to find Walker, and located Walker two blocks away in a business on 73rd Avenue in East Oakland. Williams entered the business, stabbed Casey Walker fatally in the abdomen, and fled the scene.

Williams was identified by multiple individuals who were present in the neighborhood at the time of the murder, as well as an employee at the business.

Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on February 15, 2019.

The case was prosecuted by DDA John Ullom, with assistance from District Attorney's Inspectors Joseph McNiff and James Morris, and Victim Witness Advocate Stephanie Lynch.

Harman Environmental Enforcement Case Dec 10, 2018

Managing Corporation of KFC, Taco Bell and A&W Fails to Submit Hazardous Materials Plans: Pays $195,000 in Environmental Enforcement Case

District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces that defendant Harman Management Corporation, which manages restaurants such as Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Taco Bell, A & W, and Pizza Hut, has resolved a civil environmental enforcement case that was jointly investigated and prosecuted by the District Attorneys of Alameda, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. The matter was filed in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Carbon dioxide (C02) is a colorless, odorless gas that cannot be detected by human senses. Because it is heavier than air, C02 can cause asphyxiation by displacing air at lower levels in confined spaces and in the lungs. Leaks from compressed C02 tanks, especially in contained areas, can have serious health impacts, including dizziness, unconsciousness, and ultimately asphyxiation. C02 is used to carbonate beverages.

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People v Michael Brown Dec 7, 2018

On December 5, 2018, a jury convicted defendant Michael Brown of a felony sexual assault for forcing victim Jane Doe to orally copulate him against her will using force, violence and fear of immediate bodily injury.

On August 7, 2018, Defendant Brown, 51, picked up 18-year-old Jane Doe from a location in Oakland, CA, with the understanding that they would engage in acts of prostitution. Instead of the interaction being a commercial and consensual one, Defendant Brown physically assaulted Jane Doe, threatened her, and humiliated her for more than 3 hours.

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$7.4M Settlement with Target for Environmental Violations Dec 5, 2018

Alameda County District Attorney O’Malley, as Part of Coalition Led by Attorney General Becerra, Announces $7.4 million Statewide Settlement with Target for Environmental Violations


Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney O’Malley, as part of a coalition including California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and 24 local governments, today announced a $7.4 million statewide settlement, including enhanced environmental compliance measures and injunctive terms, with Minnesota-based Target Corporation (Target).

The settlement resolves allegations that Target violated state laws and injunctive terms from a 2011 stipulated judgment regarding the company’s handling and disposal of retail hazardous waste. The current settlement follows investigations of Target’s conduct between 2012 and 2016, during which time the company committed violations by improperly disposing hazardous waste into landfills. The waste included items such as electronics, batteries, aerosol cans, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and medical waste including syringes, over-the-counter and prescribed pharmaceuticals, as well as confidential medical information from its customers.

“This case underscores the importance of constant vigilance by agencies dedicated to protecting the environment,” states DA O’Malley.

“The Environmental Protection division of the Alameda County DA’s Office endeavors to ensure that every company conducting business in the county and the state disposes of hazardous waste in a manner that is legal and environmentally sustainable. Today’s settlement alerts any business in this county that does not comply with environmental protection laws that it will be investigated, and, when appropriate, brought to justice.”

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People v Carlos Romero Dec 3, 2018

Using DNA Technology to Solve Crimes

On November 13, 2018, Defendant Carlos Romero was found guilty after a bench trial of home invasion robbery in concert causing great bodily injury and carjacking causing great bodily injury.

On December 13, 2013, the victim was alone in her Dublin home when two men knocked on her door and said they had a package. When she opened the door, they forced their way into her home, beat her, and bound her hands behind her back. She was moved to the upstairs landing of her home, where the men ransacked the bedrooms. She was able to untie her bindings and ran for the door, but they caught up to her and beat her again. Her hands were again bound behind her back and her feet were bound. Overall, the defendant and his accomplice spent between 45 mins to an hour inside her home and stole approximately $25,000 worth of items, including her vehicle. The beating resulted in a broken orbital bone.

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