March 2021

DA’S OFFICE COMBATS ILLEGAL DUMPING IN EAST OAKLAND Mar 30, 2021

A day dedicated to the “Three E’s of Illegal Dumping” in East Oakland: Education, Eradication, and Enforcement

Oakland, CA - Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today the results of the coordinated effort by the Alameda County Illegal Dumping (ACID) Taskforce. The task force is comprised of governmental agencies, community leaders, local businesses, and non-profit organizations.

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Amazon Settlement Mar 29, 2021

Amazon Settles $2 Million Consumer Protection Lawsuit Relating to Reference Price Advertising

Amazon Agrees to Provide Clearer Pricing Information to Customers

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that the DA’s Consumer Protection Unit, working with the San Diego, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Yolo and Riverside District Attorney’s offices, obtained a multi-million dollar civil judgment in a consumer protection lawsuit against e-commerce giant, Amazon.com. The District Attorney’s complaint alleges that some Amazon reference price advertisements were either misleading, or potentially misleading, to consumers making purchasing decisions.

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Teaunte Bailey Charged with Murder after Elderly Asian Victim of Assault and Robbery Dies Mar 11, 2021

Suspect also charged in earlier 1st degree robbery & assault

Oakland, CA- Alameda County DA O’Malley today filed special circumstances murder and multiple serious felony charges against Teaunte Bailey, 26, in connection with crimes committed on two different dates in Oakland, CA.

On March 9, 2021, the defendant assaulted and robbed 75-year old Pak Ho as he took his regular morning walk through his Adams Point neighborhood. In the course of the robbery, the defendant shoved Mr. Ho to the ground. His head hit the pavement and he suffered a traumatic head injury and brain damage. Mr. Ho succumbed to his injuries on March 11th. When the Oakland Police located the defendant later in the day, he recklessly fled in a car through busy Oakland streets but was eventually apprehended.

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Derick Almena Sentenced to 12 Years Prison Mar 8, 2021

Judge sentences Almena, following his January 22nd guilty plea to 36 counts of Involuntary Manslaughter

Oakland, CA- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley today announced Derick Almena was sentenced to serve a 12-year split prison sentence for his role in the deaths of 36 individuals from a massive fire that occurred at an Oakland warehouse on December 2, 2016.

On January 22, 2021, Mr. Almena pled guilty as charged to all 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Mr. Almena was the master tenant of the property that later became known as the Ghost Ship. Under his leadership and direction, Mr. Almena transformed the property from a vacant warehouse to a substandard live-workspace that also hosted illegal “raves.”

“Thirty-five out of the thirty-six people who lost their lives in this tragic fire were attending a concert that night. They had no idea just how dangerous the building really was,” explained DA O’Malley. “They went to the Ghost Ship with the expectation of being entertained and returning safely home.”

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PEOPLE V. FREDDIE SMITH Mar 4, 2021

On March 4, 2021, a jury convicted Defendant, Freddie Smith aka Zachary Runningwolf Brown, of two counts of felony vandalism, one count of misdemeanor vandalism, and one special allegation that said crimes constituted a hate crime, in connection to the vandalism of Temple Sinai located at 2808 Summit Street in Oakland, California.

Sentencing has been set for April, 2nd 2021.

DA O’Malley Declines to File Charges Against Chinatown Store Owner Mar 2, 2021

Alameda County District Attorney Declines to File Charges Against Chinatown Store Owner Who Fired Shots at Robbery Suspects

Oakland, CA- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley today announced that charges would not be filed against Chinatown liquor store owner Aaron Yee, who last month fired shots at multiple suspects attempting to rob a woman across the street from his shop. The DA is declining to file charges based on Mr. Yee’s justifiable use of force to defend the victim from a violent attack.

“The District Attorney’s Office does not condone vigilantism,” said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley. “However, after a thorough review of the facts of the incident, it is clear that Mr. Yee fired his weapon in lawful defense of the victim of the robbery or what appeared to be a possible kidnapping.”

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