September 2022

ACDA OFFICE ANNOUNCES BILL EMPOWERING SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS SIGNED INTO LAW Sep 29, 2022

Senate Bill 916 Continues DA O’Malley’s Advocacy on Sexual Assault Reform

SACRAMENTO, CA – After unanimous support in the Legislature, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office announces that a bill sponsored by District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, Senate Bill 916, authored by Senator Connie M. Leyva, has been signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.

SB 916 empowers survivors with critical information following a sexual assault and allows survivors to be able to make informed decisions regarding steps they wish to take, or not, in the post-assault process.

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Charges in Fremont Massage Therapist Sexual Assault Sep 28, 2022

Alameda County District Attorney Announces Charges in Fremont Massage Therapist Sexual Assault

Defendant faces eight felonies

OAKLAND — The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office announces sexual battery charges have been filed against a Fremont massage therapist, Abdul Kadirzada.

The allegations occurred between May and September 2022 at a chiropractic office in Fremont.

The defendant has been charged with eight felony counts including Penal Code 243.4(c) sexual battery false professional purpose, Penal Code 289(d) sexual penetration by foreign object, and Penal Code 243.4(a) sexual battery.

The case currently involves two identified victims. Both reported being inappropriately touched in a sexual manner by the defendant.

The defendant’s next court date is September 29, 2022, at the East County Hall of Justice located in Dublin. The hearing will take place in Department 702 at 9 a.m.

If anyone feels they were inappropriately touched during a treatment by the defendant at Dr. Scorca’s Chiropractor’s Office, please contact Fremont Police Department Detective Mike Paiva at (510) 790-6951, or mpaiva@fremont.gov.

Contact: Public Information Officer Angela Ruggiero //Angela.Ruggiero@acgov.org // (510) 919-0081

PEOPLE V ELMER UGARTE Sep 20, 2022

On September 1, 2022, a jury found the defendant, Elmer Ugarte, guilty of second-degree murder for the death of his wife, Maria “Lupe” Hernandez. A jury also found the defendant guilty of child endangerment.

The defendant and Maria Hernandez were married for 14 years and had two children (11 and 13 years old). During the course of their marriage, the defendant physically abused the victim multiple times. On at least two occasions, the defendant abused the victim in front of their children. Additionally, the defendant consistently abused alcohol. In 2020, the defendant and the victim’s marriage had deteriorated and both had contemplated and discussed divorce. The defendant was also planning to leave his family and move to Arizona with his girlfriend and his mother.

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PEOPLE V LATRAIL WHITE Sep 19, 2022

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, a jury found Defendant Latrail White guilty of first-degree murder for the death of Travis Ward.

On July 24, 2021, Mr. Ward was shot and killed on the 1600 block of 23rd Avenue in Oakland by an occupant of a Mercedes sedan. Surveillance of the murder showed a Mercedes sedan, with a missing front emblem, approach Mr. Ward as he was seated on 23rd Avenue. The surveillance did not show the face of the driver of the Mercedes. The suspect, later identified as the defendant, shot a firearm from the driver’s seat of the Mercedes. Mr. Ward had been shot six times, including four times in the back, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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DA NANCY O’MALLEY, HAROLD BOSCHOVICH HONORED WITH LEADERSHIP, ADVOCACY AWARDS Sep 13, 2022

DA received the Edwin L. Miller Leadership Award; Harold Boscovich the Victim Advocate of the Year Award

Last week, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley was honored with the Edwin L. Miller Leadership Award by the California District Attorney’s Association, the highest honor paid to an elected district attorney.

Harold Boscovich was also presented with the first-annual Victim Advocate of the Year Award. It will from now on be named the Harold Boscovich Victim Advocate of the Year Award, in honor of his life’s work helping victims.

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The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Announces Murder Charges in Dublin Double Homicide Sep 9, 2022

Defendant Devin Williams is a deputy sheriff

OAKLAND, CA -- The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office announces that Devin Williams Jr, an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office deputy, has been charged with two counts of murder.

On Wednesday, September 7, 2022, around 12:45 a.m., Dublin Police Services responded to a call of two subjects that had been shot inside a residence on the 3100 block of Colebrook Lane. The two people, a husband and wife, suffered from gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses identified the shooter as Defendant Williams, 24.

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PEOPLE VS AHMAD AZIZI Sep 6, 2022

A jury found defendant Ahmad Azizi guilty of forcible rape.

In 2016 the victim, who was 21 years old, went to a nightclub in San Francisco with her friends. The victim bumped into the defendant, 38 years old, who bought her shots. They spent time together and the victim became severely intoxicated to the point of no longer being able to recall certain moments of the evening. The defendant removed the victim from the club and away from her friends without notice. He put her into a private car driven by a man the defendant had contracted with before. The defendant paid to have the victim driven to a second car who then transported the pair to the defendant’s home in Dublin. During the transportation, the victim was so intoxicated that she was unable to stand on her own, vomited, and at one point needed to be carried.

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