April 8, Day Shift Four males entered a home, demanding property from a 16-year-old female resident. One of the suspects struck the female on her forehead with a firearm, causing a cut, bruising and swelling. The suspects stole numerous electronic items, including a flat screen TV, computers and play stations.
The mother arrived home and saw her items being carried to a vehicle in front of her residence. When she yelled at the suspects to stop, they drove away and she gave chase in her vehicle. The suspect vehicle made a sudden stop, rammed the victim's vehicle in reverse and sped away.
The mother followed the suspects onto eastbound Highway 4 and lost control of her vehicle, striking the center median. The suspect vehicle exited onto L Street, and was spotted by a responding officer. The suspect vehicle lost control at San Jose Drive, crashed, and at least five suspects fled from the vehicle. An officer was able to arrest one suspect immediately and a perimeter was set up.
Another suspect was found walking two blocks away, and two more suspects were found in a vacant house, hiding in the attic. The suspect vehicle had been reported stolen out of Oakland earlier in the day. All of the stolen property was recovered from inside the vehicle and a replica gun was found in the rear of the vehicle. All of the suspects were booked into Juvenile Hall on robbery and burglary charges.
April 8, Day Shift An adult male walked into a pharmacy on Deer Valley Road, handed the pharmacist a note and demanded a drug. The suspect's note indicated he had a gun, although one wasn't displayed, and that he knew where the store's employees lived. The suspect fled when he realized that the pharmacist had alerted other employees and the police. He was last seen driving northbound from the store. The store's surveillance video is expected to aid in the investigation.
April 13, Swing Shift The Antioch Police Department received the report of an armed robbery that had just occurred outside of 1000 Claudia Court. The victim, a 30-year-old male, stated that three male subjects beat him up and robbed him of his cell phone at gunpoint. The victim provided police with a detailed description of the robbers and where he last saw them. As officers set up a perimeter, two suspects matching the description fled the scene. They were found hiding in neighboring yards and apprehended.
The victim's phone was found in one of their pockets, and the gun used in the robbery was located in a yard through which they had fled. A third unknown subject was not located. The victim sustained a bruise on his head from the assault. The two suspects were arrested and sent to the Martinez Detention Facility.
April 14, Day Shift Detectives with the Antioch Police Department's Sexual Assault Unit arrested Antioch resident Dean William Hale, 45, on numerous felony charges of child molestation following a two-month investigation into allegations made by his daughter's mother about his sexual molestation of their daughter and her two daughters from a previous relationship. The alleged incidents spanned approximately12 years.
The case has been filed with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office, but the investigation is still ongoing in an attempt to locate other potential victims or information. Those with information are encouraged to contact the Antioch Police Department's Sexual Assault Unit at 925-779-6930 (Detective Blair Benzler) or 925-779-6938 (Detective Diane Freier).
On April 17, Graveyard Shift The Antioch Police Department received a 911 call from a person who reported that a male in his early 20s armed with a gun approached him at his residence on San Joaquin Avenue as he was leaving for work. The gunman demanded cash and forced the victim back into his house. The victim and his girlfriend were bound with duct tape, and numerous items, including the victim's vehicle, were stolen.
Officers located the stolen vehicle moments later in downtown Antioch. The suspect fled the scene and was not apprehended. The incident is still under investigation.
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