September 2017 Emeryville Crime Report: Aggravated Assault reports see sharp increase

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The September 2017 Emeryville Crime report saw 237 total crimes reported for the month (up from 217 in August or +9%). Aggravated assault reports saw an unusual spike in activity with 15 reported incidents for a violent crime category that averages only 6 per month. 14 of these reports were in the District 5 area that includes Bay Street and the Powell Street Plaza shopping areas. Aggravated assault reports for the year are seeing a troubling 81% increase from last year.

Emeryville registered its first Homicide since the beating death of Hayok “Miss Kay” in 2015. The I-80 shooting death of a homicide suspect by Richmond and Fairfield police is captured under our city’s jurisdiction per the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting methods. The shooting is currently being investigated to determine if it was justified as reported.

The EPD completed their migration to new crime statistic platform by LexisNexis that provides more detailed analytics of crime in our city including a “heat map” layer and customizable filters.

Total crimes reported for the year are on an +15% trajectory from 2016.


The City of Emeryville is divided into small geographical areas that facilitate the Department’s efforts to tract crime and neighborhood problems, and allocate personnel resources to meet the service need. Crime statistics are reported by the EPD through CommunityCrimeMap.com. An archive of monthly crime statistics provided can be viewed on the city website.

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1. San Pablo Avenue
2. North Emeryville
3. Emery Bay
4. Peninsula
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5. Shellmound
6. Artist Colony
7. San Pablo Avenue – South
8. Triangle
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9. East Bay bridge (East)
10. East Bay bridge (West)
11. Outside of City Limits


The reporting district matrix lists the category and number of crimes reported by district. The descriptions below are “highlights” and are not provided for every crime reported.


District 5

I-80 westbound near the Powell St. exit: A homicide suspect was fatally shot by outside law enforcement agencies. This incident is related to the aggravated assault below.


District 5

PF Chang’s 5633 Bay St.: An attempted robbery of a cell phone occurred in which a female juvenile pepper sprayed the victims. EPD arrested the juvenile shortly thereafter.

At Ohlone Way/Bay St.: A strongarm robbery occurred. LOSS: Cell phone. Suspect: Male, thin build with orange hair wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

District 8

40th/Adeline St.: A male suspect entered the victim’s parked vehicle while the victim was inside. The suspect placed a hard object against the victim’s head and
demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim complied. LOSS: Wallet containing credit cards and cash. Suspect: Male wearing a black ski mask, no further description.

District 9

Pak N Save, 3889 San Pablo Ave.: A shoplifter threatened and physically assaulted a loss prevention agent to flee with merchandise. Loss Prevention agents detained the shoplifter and turned him over to EPD for arrest.

District 10

Target Stores, 1555 40th St.: A takeover armed robbery occurred. Suspects: (3) Males. LOSS: Cash.


District 5

On I-80 westbound near the Powell St exit.: An armed homicide suspect fired a gun at officers. This incident is related to the homicide above.

District 8

Victoria Nails, 4334 San Pablo Ave.: Four suspects entered the business, assaulted a female customer, and one suspect hit the victim on the head with a hard object. The suspects then fled the business.


District 8

7-Eleven, 4000 San Pablo Ave.: POE: Window – smashed. LOSS: Cigarettes and Lottery Scratchers. Suspects: (3) Males.


District 1

City Limits: POE: Open window, screen cut. LOSS: (3) laptops, a tablet, and $300 dollars.

District 3

64XX Christie Ave.: POE: Front door – Forced open. LOSS: (1) Purse, Jewelry, and $900 cash.
64XX Christie Ave.: POE: Front door – Forced open. LOSS: $1600 cash.

District 8

11XX 40th St.: POE: Storage cage – Bike lock cut. LOSS: Bicycle.


Of the 13 vehicles reported stolen:

  • 9 vehicles were recovered
  • 2 vehicle was recovered but damaged
  • 2 vehicles are still outstanding

The spreadsheet compares criminal activity relative to last year, averages from the previous 3 years and annual totals for the year.

*Categories not included in Part 1 Crimes
N/C: Not Calculable

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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