Emeryville PD K-9 unit helps foil auto burglary suspect at EMME Apartments

Published On September 6, 2018 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

North-Western Emeryville neighbors were startled last night by what was described as 4-6 police cars and an ambulance near the parking garage of EMME apartments.

According to Emeryville Police Captain Oliver Collins, dispatch received a call at about 8:48 p.m.. The caller described a subject, possible armed with a weapon, vandalizing or breaking into a vehicle at an unsecured garage in the 6400 block of Shellmound Street. Officers responded and were able to locate the suspect near the Artistry Apartments complex.

Upon being confronted by officers, the suspect fled on foot into the nearby gated parking garage at EMME Apartments as someone was either entering or exiting. According to one witness account, the officers were stalled while waiting for access to the garage to pursue the suspect.


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After gaining entry, A K-9 unit was deployed in an attempt to locate the suspect within the garage. During the search, discarded items were discovered which officers think were likely from the auto burglary.

The suspect was located and attempted elude officers and resisted arrest. The police canine was deployed and the suspect was bitten in the course of being detained.

The suspect was then transported by ambulance and treated at a nearby county hospital for minor injuries. He was later identified as Homero Romero-Salgado, a 21 year old unsheltered resident of Berkeley.

Romero-Salgado was booked at Santa Rita Jail after being medically cleared and scheduled for arraignment on Monday, September 1oth.

Feature Image: Ryan R. via Emeryville Nextdoor group.

About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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