May 2019 Emeryville Crime Report: Officer Injured by Resisting Suspect, Arson Suspected in Home Depot Fire, Auto Burgs on Torrid Pace

Published On July 5, 2019 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

The May, 2019 Emeryville Crime Report saw 210 total crimes reported for the month (up slightly from the 206 reported in April).

Among the crimes spotlighted for the month was the report of an Emeryville officer injured during a struggle following a traffic enforcement stop. According to the report, the officer sustained a leg injury that required medical attention. The officer was taken to a local hospital and is reported to be “doing well” and recovering at home. The driver was arrested for multiple charges.

In addition, Auto Burglaries are on a torrid pace with another triple digit tally for the month. There was an encouraging drop in 2018 but 2019 is on pace to smash (no pun intended) the record 2017 total of 1277 with a projected 1,433 pace.

Another crime of note is the May 5th fire at Home Depot was logged as a report of Arson. Preliminary findings indicate the fire may have been intentionally started and the Alameda County Fire Department’s Arson Unit performed an investigation. The Fire to their rear storage area caused a reported $160,000 in damages.

Overall, crimes reported for 2019 are on an 19% upward trajectory from last year.


REPORTING DISTRICT BOUNDARIES

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. A more comprehensive and chronological list of these crimes can be viewed in the City’s Monthly Progress report (Page 59).

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

REPORTING DISTRICT MATRIX:

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.


Carjacking:

District 7

Parking lot of Oaks Club, 4097 San Pablo Ave.: A carjacking occurred due to an argument. Suspect: Female (Friend of the victim). Oakland Police Department recovered the vehicle later that day.


Arson:

District 9

Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St., an unknown suspect set a fire in the outdoor storage area.


Robbery:

District 5

Marshall’s, 5795 Christie Ave.: A strongarm robbery occurred. A shoplifter used forced to steal merchandise. LOSS/Recovered: Luggage containing clothing. SUSPECT: Male adult wearing black clothing and black flip flop shoes.

Lane Bryant, 5713 Christie Ave.: A strongarm robbery occurred. A shoplifter used force to steal merchandise. LOSS: Pants. SUSPECT: Female, 20s.

District 8

Parking lot west of 1070 41st St.: A robbery at gunpoint occurred. LOSS: iPhone. SUSPECTS: (2) male juveniles wearing gray hoodies.

Block of 3800-4800 Adeline St.: A robbery at gunpoint occurred. LOSS: Backpack containing two computers, a turntable and miscellaneous items. SUSPECTS: #1 Male, 30s, 5’10, with dreadlocks, wearing a black hat and navy-blue hoodie. #2 Male, no further description.

District 9

Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: A shoplifter purchased a knife, however he concealed new merchandise in his backpack and exited the store without paying. Loss Prevention Agents contacted the suspect outside the store. The suspect resisted the agents and attempted to open the knife he purchased. The agents disarmed the suspect and escorted him to the office. LOSS/Recovered: Tools. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 9

Parking lot of Home Depot, 3838 Hollis St.: A domestic violence incident resulted in a male forcefully taking his girlfriend’s vehicle. EPD recovered the vehicle a short distance away in Oakland. The suspect was not located.


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Aggravated Assault

District 4

Point Emery, 6600 Frontage Rd.: A male suspect punched his ex-girlfriend in the face and kicked her in the ribs multiple times. The suspect dragged the victim and attempted to force her inside his vehicle.

District 5

Powell Street Plaza parking lot: An EPD officer was injured because of a suspect resisting arrest. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.

District 8

4300 block of Essex St.: A female hit another female with a steering wheel club. EPD arrested the suspect shortly thereafter.


Commercial Burglary

District 1

Linde Group, 6550 Vallejo St.: POE: Door – Hole drilled into the door lock. LOSS: DVR Security box and cable. At 202 Liquid Sugar Dr., Unknown suspects cut the padlock off the metal container and removed the loss. LOSS: Air Compressor.

District 9

1199 40th St.: POE: Combination U Metal lock cut from the door. LOSS: Cameras.


Residential Burglary

District 1

1200 block of Peabody Lane: POE: Unknown. LOSS: (2) Computers. On the 5900 block of Vallejo St., POE: Window – Pried and broken. LOSS: None.

District 2

1400 block of 65th St. (attempt only): POE: Front door – Dead bolt pry marks. LOSS: None.

Loop 22, POE: Garage door – Open. LOSS: An electric bicycle.

1200 block of 66th St.: POE: Garage door – Open. LOSS: (2) Cameras, and (2) bicycles.

District 6

4300 block of Horton St.: POE: Garage door. LOSS: (2) Bicycles, and a tent.

District 7

5500 block of Beaudry St.: POE: Kitchen door. LOSS: Unknown.


AUTO THEFT:

Of the 9 vehicles reported stolen:

  • 3 vehicles were recovered intact
  • 2 vehicles were recovered but damaged or stripped
  • 4 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

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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