EMERYVILLE POLICE DEPT. PRESS RELEASE – Richard Miner a 73-old resident of North Oakland was the victim of a violent carjacking at Pak N Save at approx. 10:00am on July 4th The assailant, threatened the victim with scissors, punched him in the face and then pushed him to the ground. The suspect fled in Mr. Miner’s car. Later that day, the car was located abandoned on the freeway. Emeryville Police recovered the car and towed it for evidence. Once the car was processed for evidence Mr. Miner was advised he could take possession of it.
When Mr. Miner was advised of the recovery of the car he told EPD detectives he was unable to pay the tow fees which were just under $1,000. He said it was his only car and that he needed it to take his ill wife, (whom he’s been married to for 47 years), to her doctor’s appointments. They have been using public transportation while without the car.
EPD contacted the tow company, Berry Brothers as well as Adult Protective Services seeking some relief for the tow fees. Once Berry Brothers’ owner Bob Berry became aware of the situation he waived all fees for the tow and storage.
Mr. Miner was very thankful and surprised when advised of Mr. Berry’s generosity. EPD’s Detective Head and Officer Costello drove to Mr. Miner’s home and drove him to Berry Brothers. Once at Berry Brothers, EPD officers introduced Miner to Dave Scornaienchi and Bob Berry, the two who made it possible for Miner to get his car back without paying the high fees. Miner told the officers he and his wife are on social security and would have never been able to pay the fees for the car.
Miner was very appreciative and thankful to EPD.