2019

People v. Anthony Burton Jul 9, 2019

On July 3, 2019, a jury convicted defendant Anthony Burton of two counts of attempted murder, domestic battery, two counts of assault with a firearm, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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People v. Damarie Jones & John Blacknell Jul 5, 2019

On July 3, 2019, a jury convicted co-defendants Damarie Jones and John Blacknell of first degree murder. The jury found defendant Blacknell personally discharged a firearm causing death and that he possessed an unregistered, loaded firearm. On April 3, 2016, the defendants robbed victim Jaccare Vanpelt. The incident occurred in the 6000 block of Idaho Street in Oakland. While both defendants struggled with the victim, a Good Samaritan attempted to intervene. When the Good Samaritan threatened to call the police, defendant Blacknell pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Vanpelt six times in the back. The defendants fled the scene together. The Oakland Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory discovered defendant Jones DNA on the victim’s fingernail clippings. Oakland Police Department Investigators collected evidence from cell phones to corroborate witness identifications and the scientific evidence. DDA Timothy Wagstaffe prosecuted the case along with the assistance of Inspector Tom Milner and Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Lynch.

Financial Exploitation Awareness Panel Presentation Jun 20, 2019

As a part of Elder Abuse Awareness Month, the DA's Office invites members of the community to the Downtown Oakland Senior Center for a panel on how to avoid falling victim to financial exploitation on June 21 from 10am to 12pm.

$11 Million Settlement Announced to Address Illegal Dumping of Hazardous Waste Jun 19, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced an $11 million settlement against AutoZone, Inc. (AutoZone) to resolve allegations that the company violated state laws governing hazardous waste, and hazardous materials, by routinely and illegally disposing of used motor oil, automotive fluids, and other hazardous wastes into company waste bins destined for municipal landfills not authorized to accept hazardous waste. The lawsuit also resolves allegations that AutoZone routinely failed to shred customer records containing confidential information before disposing of those items into the trash.

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People v. Christopher Jones Jun 12, 2019

On June 11, 2019, a jury convicted Christopher Jones of first degree residential burglary and attempted first degree residential burglary. In the early morning hours of September 21, 2018, the defendant was captured on a home video surveillance system making his way to the back property of a home in Berkeley occupied by nine Univ. of California, Berkeley students. Items taken from their home included various laptops. On October 7, 2018, the defendant was captured on a home video surveillance system attempting to open the locked door of a home located in Berkeley a few blocks away from his previous burglary. The defendant was identified by the distinct tattoo on his forearm along with other similar characteristics. The case was prosecuted by DDA Malisha Jones with the assistance of Inspector Tom Milner.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 17, 2019.

Bill Requiring Prompt Rape Kit Testing Passes Assembly Public Safety Committee Jun 11, 2019

SB 22 Helps Ensure Justice for Survivors and Hold Rapists Accountable

SACRAMENTO – With strong bipartisan support, the Assembly Public Safety Committee today passed Senate Bill 22, important legislation co-sponsored by DA Nancy O’Malley and authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) requiring that law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories promptly analyze and test all newly collected rape kit evidence in California.

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People v. Garcia May 30, 2019

On May 29, 2019, a jury convicted Anicasio Garcia of second degree murder for the killing of Nelson Diaz Velasquez, based on the events of May 27, 2016 when the defendant stabbed Mr. Velasquez in his heart. That night, Mr. Velasquez had been on a date with his girlfriend. When he drove her home, the defendant was waiting for them. After dropping his girlfriend off, Mr. Velasquez waited in his car for the woman to get inside. The defendant approached him with the murder weapon in hand and stabbed him in the chest, penetrating his chest wall through to his pericardium, damaging his left ventricle and the heart itself. Mr. Velasquez eventually collapsed in the parking lot across the street from his girlfriend's apartment while good Samaritans tried to help.

That night Mr. Velasquez succumbed to the serious injury and was pronounced dead. After the stabbing, the defendant fled the scene, discarded the murder weapon, but was eventually apprehended. When interviewed by the Oakland Police Department, the defendant admitted to stabbing the victim with a knife, but claimed he did not intend to kill him. The jury found that he committed murder when his actions led to the unlawful death of Mr. Velasquez. This case was prosecuted by DDA Charly Weissenbach with the assistance of Inspector Brian Delahunty and Victim Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 26, 2019.

People v. Dennis Ray Eagle May 15, 2019

A jury has found Dennis Ray Eagle guilty of 1st degree murder in the October 28, 1979 death of Betty Jean Elias. The defendant was also found guilty of the alleged special circumstance of rape in the commission of that murder. Ms. Elias was found dead in her hotel room on San Pablo Ave. in Oakland. She had been violently beaten, she had defensive wounds on her hands, and the coroner determined she had been strangled to death.

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People v. Kawan Hardy May 15, 2019

On May 6, 2019 a jury convicted Kawan Hardy of assault with a semi-automatic firearm with intentional discharge, shooting at an occupied vehicle, and additional gun possession charges. On September 14 of 2018, Mr. Hardy ran into the busy intersection of 90th Avenue and Olive Street in Oakland where he fired his gun at a car driving by. This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney William Layne along with the assistance of Inspector Caesar Basa. Kawan Hardy is scheduled for sentencing on June 10, 2019 in Department 3.

People v. Follings & Mendoza May 10, 2019

On May 9, 2019, a jury found defendant Brandon Follings and Pablo Mendoza guilty of first degree murder, gang and gun allegations, with special circumstances of the murder of a witness, Daniel Deltoro.

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DA’s Office Receives Prestigious National Award May 8, 2019

The National Association of Counties (NACo) issues annual awards for innovative programs that stand out and can be replicated in other counties across America. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office’s Real Estate Fraud Protection Program has been awarded NACo’s 2019 Achievement Award. This program is a multi-pronged approach to protecting vulnerable residents from fraud and preventing unscrupulous individuals from preying on elder and financial at-risk homeowners.

The program seeks to cover multiple fronts through innovative education and outreach strategies that include multi-lingual materials and proactive approaches that stop fraudulent actions before foreclosure proceedings, scams or crimes take hold. The program also trains a wide array of professionals and residents on the issues surrounding real estate fraud and foreclosure proceedings.

For additional information visit our Real Estate Fraud page.

People v. Fareed Traylor May 6, 2019

On May 2, 2019 a jury convicted Fareed Traylor of four counts of Oral Copulation with a Child 10 and Under, one count of Sexual Intercourse with a Child 10 and Under, one count of Continuous Sexual Abuse and one count of Lewd and Lascivious Acts of a Child Age 14. The defendant sexually assaulted Jane Doe from the time she was 7 through 14. The sexual assaults occurred on a weekly basis as the defendant and Jane Doe moved to different cities including Oakland, San Leandro and Hayward.

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District Attorney Diversity Recruitment May 2, 2019

Sacramento, CA – The California District Attorneys Association Foundation has launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging young people from all backgrounds to consider becoming prosecutors and fostering greater diversity in district attorney’s offices throughout the state.

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People v. LaRay Nelson Apr 24, 2019

On April 23, 2019, LaRay Nelson was convicted after jury trial of stalking, criminal threats, child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and multiple restraining order violations. Defendant stalked his ex-wife for over two years, committing numerous restraining order violations and threatening the victim and her family. In one incident, defendant threatened and attacked his ex-wife in her car with her 8 year old great-granddaughter in the back seat of the car. The case was prosecuted by DDA Jason Sjoberg. Inspector Guillermo Alcaraz and Victim Witness Dena Aindow assisted.

Alameda County DA’s Office Participates in National Drug Take Back Day 2019 Apr 22, 2019

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

The public is encouraged to bring any unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription or over the counter medication for free, confidential and safe disposal. Pet medications are also accepted.

Safe disposal of over-the-counter and prescription medication is vital to prevent the misuse of these substances, and to end the harmful environmental impacts of disposing of them in landfill or through our water system.

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Alameda DA Announces Consumer Protection Settlement With Rental Car Companies Apr 18, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her office, along with the California Attorney General and the District Attorney of San Mateo County, have settled a consumer protection action against E-Z Rent-a-Car LLC (“E-Z”) and Advantage OpCo LLC (“Advantage”), along with another related entity. The civil action was filed in Alameda County Superior Court. E-Z and Advantage are in the business of renting automobiles to the public. They operate many locations in California, including at various airports. The companies merged together in 2015.

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People v. Damien Robinson Apr 10, 2019

On April 9, 2019, a jury convicted Defendant, Damien Robinson, of two counts of second degree murder, and one count of voluntary manslaughter. Defendant Robinson was convicted of 2nd degree murder with an allegation of the use of a firearm causing death in the shooting death of his father, Darryl Robinson. Defendant was convicted of 2nd degree murder with an allegation of the use of a firearm causing death in the shooting death of Benjamin Williams. Defendant was convicted of voluntary manslaughter with an allegation of the use of a firearm in the shooting death of Raymond Garza. Defendant was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month Apr 9, 2019

Alameda County Board of Supervisors will make the proclamation on June 4 at 9:30am.

City Councils will be making proclamations on these days:

Piedmont: Monday, May 20, 7:30pm

Union City: Tuesday, May 28, 7pm

Albany: Monday, June 3, 7:30pm

Hayward: Tuesday, June 4, 7pm

Pleasanton: Tuesday, June 4, 7pm

Livermore: Monday, June 10, 7pm

Newark: Thursday, June 13, 7:30pm

San Leandro: Monday, June 17, 7pm

Alameda: Tuesday, June 18, 7pm

Dublin: Tuesday, June 18, 7pm

Fremont: Tuesday, June 18, 7pm

Berkeley: Tuesday, June 25, 6pm

Download the flyer

*Note: Times are subject to change. Visit the website of the cities for up-to-date information.

Alameda County DA Files Felony Charges Against Father Hector Vela Alleging Lewd Acts Upon A Child Apr 2, 2019

Oakland, Ca- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces that her office has filed a criminal complaint alleging 30 felony counts of Penal Code Section 288(c)(1), lewd act upon a child, against Father Hector David Vela. The defendant has served as a priest in Alameda County since 2013. He worked at St. John’s Catholic Church in San Lorenzo, CA and, more recently, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Fremont, CA.

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AB 688 Life-Saving Gun Safe Storage Bill Mar 26, 2019

Assembly Public Safety Committee Passes AB 688- Life-Saving Gun Safe Storage Bill

Sacramento, CA- The Assembly Committee on Public Safety Committee today passed Assembly Bill 688 potentially life-saving legislation sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and authored by Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D-San Jose) requiring that all firearms left inside of a car must be securely locked and secured to the vehicle’s frame using a steel cable lock or chain that is permanently affixed to the vehicle.

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DA O’Malley Announces Bill Requiring Prompt Rape Kit Testing Passes Senate Public Safety Committee Mar 26, 2019

SACRAMENTO – With unanimous support, the Senate Public Safety Committee today passed important legislation co-sponsored by DA Nancy O’Malley and authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) requiring that law enforcement agencies and forensic laboratories promptly analyze and test all newly collected rape kit evidence in California.

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DA O’Malley Testifies on SB 22 Mar 26, 2019

People v. Shiheim Johnson Mar 18, 2019

On March 13, 2019, a jury convicted defendant Shiheim Johnson of first degree murder with a personal use of a firearm, robbery with use of a firearm, and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. On December 20, 2015, defendant and a juvenile co-participant agreed to sell a gun to the deceased victim and his cousin.

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Victims’ Rights Week Mar 12, 2019

Events:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - Doors open at 6 p.m.
Food Chains Film Screening/Panel Presentation
Greenlining Institute
360 14th Street
Oakland
Learn the human cost of our food supply and how we fight labor trafficking and exploitation in Alameda County. Resource Tables available from DA’s office and partnering agencies.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sexual Assault Awareness Event
California State University East Bay
New University Union Multi-purpose Room
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward
Presenters: Deputy DA Colleen McMahon, Senior Victim-Witness Advocate Jenifer Mello, campus faculty/staff. Resource tables available from DA’s Office and campus partnering agencies.

Please download the flyer for a complete list of all our Victims' Rights Week events.

Stone Soup Competition 2019 Mar 1, 2019

One of the County's Vision 2026 Goals is to eliminate poverty and hunger. We enthusiastically support the Alameda County Community Food Bank. The Food Bank currently provides services to 1 in 5 Alameda County residents. For every $1 donated via the Virtual Food Drive, the Food Bank is able to distribute $7 worth of food to families in need.

The county-wide tradition involves a friendly sculptural competition to encourage giving. This year's DA entry (pictured below) depicts an apple and textbooks, highlighting the office's dedication to students, families, and schools to ensure that every child "attends school today and achieves tomorrow".

DDA Danielle Hilton on Avlin Ailey Feb 25, 2019

ADA Terry Wiley on Sandra Brown Armstrong Feb 22, 2019

People v. Wilson, Samad, McFadden, Terrell Feb 15, 2019

On February 6, 2019, a jury convicted defendants Anthony Wilson, Aoderi Samad, Derrick McFadden, and Tyrone Terrell for the killing of Anthony Stevens. Wilson and Terrell were convicted of second-degree murder, Samad was convicted of first-degree murder, and McFadden was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

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Consumer Alert re: Improper Car Towing Feb 15, 2019

On February 8, 2019, inspectors with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, together with officers from other law enforcement agencies, executed a search warrant at locations associated with Private Property Impound, Inc. (PPI). PPI is a towing company based in Oakland. Cars towed by PPI would typically be claimed at PPI’s location on San Leandro Street in Oakland.

The matter is currently under investigation. If you believe that since January 2017 your car was improperly towed by PPI, or if you have any other relevant information, please contact District Attorney Inspector Michael Carter at (510) 383-8600.

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DDA Veronica Rios-Reddick on Wilma Rudolph Feb 11, 2019

Executive Director Cherri Allison on Harriett Tubman Feb 8, 2019

Captain Andrea Moreland on Madam C. J. Walker Feb 8, 2019

Thurgood Marshall Video Feb 7, 2019

Celebrating Black History Month


People v Bostyon Johnson Feb 6, 2019

On January 25, 2019, an Alameda County jury found defendant Bostyon Johnson guilty of 12 counts of child sexual assault. The conduct occurred from 2000-2012. Three young victims were sexually assaulted as children. The first victim was sexually assaulted beginning in the third or fourth grade and the crimes ceased when she was in high school. A second victim was sexually assaulted beginning when he was approximately 8 or 9 years old, and the third victim was sexually assaulted by the defendant when she was 12 years old. The case was prosecuted by DDA Peter McGuiness with the assistance of DA Inspector Veronica Ibarra.


People v James Amos Feb 4, 2019

January 24, 2019 a jury deliberated for two and a half hours before finding James Amos guilty of first degree murder in the brazen shooting death of Jeffrey Duckett at the Jack in the Box on 24th and International in Oakland, CA. The murder occurred on October 3, 2017 when the victim, Mr. Duckett went to meet his cousin, the defendant, at the church where the defendant volunteered. Mr. Duckett went to the Jack in the Box to get food while he waited for his cousin.

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People v Jesse Williams Feb 1, 2019

On January 31, 2019, a jury found Jesse Williams guilty of second degree robbery for stealing an iPhone on January 27, 2017 from a woman while she was riding her bike home from work in Emeryville to West Oakland. While crossing through the intersection of Mandela Pkwy and Horton St., defendant, in his car, honked and then pursued the victim as she crossed into the dedicated bike lane. The defendant hit victim with his car, flinging her off her bike and onto her back. He then confronted her while she lay on the ground. He hit her in the head and snatched the iPhone from her hand. During the interaction with defendant, the victim noticed a pistol grip protruding from his pants. While driving away from the scene, the defendant pointed, what turned out to be a replica firearm at the victim and threatened her life. The defendant was arrested on the 950 block of 12th St., Oakland. All loss and weapons were recovered by law enforcement. The case was prosecuted by DDA Will Layne.

BEWARE - Social Security Scam Jan 31, 2019

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS PRETENDING TO BE FROM SOCIAL SECURITY

In the digital age, frauds and scams are an unfortunate part of doing business online. Social Security has seen a spike in phishing scams, and we want to protect you as best we can.

Please take note; there’s a Social Security impersonation scam going around right now.


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Alameda County United Against Human Trafficking Jan 25, 2019

Strategic Gathering Coincides with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Oakland, CA-- Today, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and AC United Against Human Trafficking host a retreat that has gathered together an impressive range of professionals and organizations working to combat human trafficking. The collaborative effort disrupts traditional approaches to combating trafficking. The group of professionals explores new and diverse means of addressing trafficking and helping survivors through tactics such as technology, data sharing, funding identification, policy and legislation.

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Human Trafficking Billboard Campaign Jan 16, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Reignites Billboard Campaign Key to Combatting Human Trafficking in the Bay Area

2019 Effort Timed with Human Trafficking Awareness Month Continues Decades Long Fight to Help Victims Escape

Oakland, CA—Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Bruce Qualls, Vice President, Real Estate and Public Affairs Clear Channel Outdoor, today unveiled a public awareness campaign designed to heighten community awareness, mobilize the public and offer assistance to victims of human trafficking. The District Attorney’s Office and Clear Channel Outdoor have collaborated for many years to deliver important messaging to communities throughout Alameda County and the greater Bay Area. January 2019 is National Human Trafficking Awareness month, a time to start the year with a renewed sense of determination and action aimed at stopping the commercial sexual exploitation of children and teens and the commercial labor exploitation of workers.

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Art of Peace Jan 15, 2019

Art of Peace at Hayward Center/Adult School Sunset Gallery

22100 Princeton Street H2 Hayward, CA 94541
Exhibit will run from January 16 through February 22, 2019
Open Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

(Additional dates and times of gallery operation will be posted and advertised on a week to week basis.)

Hayward, CA - Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, in partnership with The Robby Poblete Foundation, is proud to present the groundbreaking project entitled “The Art of Peace - Alameda County.” This collaborative effort engages local artists, selected after a competitive submission process, who have created three dimensional art pieces out of the remains of dismantled firearms.

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$1.7 Million in Assets Seized after Restaurant Owners are Sentenced Jan 10, 2019

$1.7 Million Dollars in Assets Seized After Owners of Restaurant Are Sentenced for Crimes Including Wage Theft, Tax and Insurance Fraud Charges

Oakland, CA— The District Attorney’s Office today announced that the two owners of the Malaysian-Chinese restaurants in Fremont, Mango Garden, San Jose Mango Jungle, and San Mateo, Mango Blaze were sentenced following a conviction of multiple fraud charges and $1.7 million dollars of assets were seized as restitution, fines and penalties. Fifty-six Bay Area restaurant workers will receive wage theft payments totaling $1,006,455.

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People v Patrick Dempsey Jan 7, 2019

On December 20, 2018 a jury found Patrick Dempsey guilty of second degree murder, with the use of a firearm. At 4:15 am, on July 14, 2016, the homicide victim Spencer Reboredo was at a Chevron gas station in West Oakland. The defendant, Patrick Dempsey, pulled up to the location, jumped out of the car and began chasing Mr. Reboredo. The defendant yelled “If you run, you die” and began shooting at the victim. The victim was struck three times and died within minutes. The defendant fled the scene, driven by a friend. The defendant was sentenced on 2/7/19 in Dept. 3.

The case was prosecuted by Amilcar Ford.

SENTENCING OF HAYWARD ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE Jan 3, 2019

Dublin, CA- Alameda Dublin, CA- Alameda County District Attorney announced that Defendant Joshua Tadduc was sentenced today to felony probation and a term in county jail following a guilty plea to felony animal cruelty for the September 11, 2017 brutal beating of his nine month old pit bull puppy, Aaliyah.

The criminal investigation by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department revealed that 24 year-old Tadduc severely beat Aaliyah for defecating in his house. He told investigators that he tried to discipline the dog by "yelling at her to go to timeout," but Aaliyah instead retreated to the third floor of his house. Tadduc grabbed the puppy and pulled her down the stairs by her hind legs but she turned around and bit his finger, inflicting what police noted was only a superficial wound.

Tadduc said Aaliyah got away from him and "hid in the bathtub." He again dragged the puppy by her legs down the stairs and took her to the garage where he used a wooden pole to hit her in the face. Tadduc said the incident ended when the dog hid beneath the gas grill in the garage. Sheriff’s Officers subsequently searched Tadduc’s home and found a 6 foot long, 1 1/2 inch in diameter, wooden pole covered in blood in the garage. In addition, police observed large amounts of blood everywhere in the garage, including beneath the gas barbeque grill.

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