January 21, 2021



Police are investigating an armed robbery and attempted carjacking in Shorewood.

Shorewood police were dispatched to the 1600 block of East Capitol Drive at about 7:20 p.m. for an armed robbery, according to a news release. 

The victim had been driving east on East Capitol Drive when a vehicle passed their vehicle and pulled in front on it, forcing it to stop. 

The driver of the suspect vehicle exited the vehicle and approached the victim. A second suspect remained in the suspect vehicle. 

The suspect ordered the victim out of the vehicle at gunpoint, according to the news release. The suspect got into the driver’s seat of the victim’s vehicle and attempted to drive, but was unable to. 

The suspect got out of the vehicle and stole items from the victim, a news release said. The suspect then fired two rounds at the unoccupied vehicle, striking the vehicle. 

The victim did not sustain any injuries. The two suspects fled west on East Capitol Drive. 

The suspect vehicle was described as an older silver or gray sedan.

The investigation is ongoing. 

Contact Hannah Kirby at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @HannahHopeKirby.  

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Robbery: Arthur Avenue

A man called the police at 12:30 a.m. Nov. 12 to report he was robbed at gunpoint outside his home by two men who jumped out of an older car, took the victim’s car and left eastbound on Athens Avenue.

Fleeing and eluding: Beach Avenue

Police at 6:10 a.m. Nov. 10 arrested a woman for fleeing and eluding and operating a vehicle while intoxicated and a second woman for disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

An officer started pursuing the vehicle on Beach Avenue after noticing the license plates did not match the vehicle. The car took off at speeds up to 70 mph, according to a police event report. At one point, on Homewood Avenue, the car went over a curb and into a yard. The chase ended on Homewood and two occupants of the vehicle were detained.

Theft: Cove Avenue

Police at 7:02 p.m. Nov. 6 received a call from a resident reporting their vehicle was broken into and change is missing.

Theft: Detroit Avenue

A complainant called police at 5:14 p.m. Nov. 10 to report a teenage boy approached him at Kauffman Park and asked for some money to buy a drink. The complainant said when he took out his wallet, the teenager grabbed it and then left the park in a small gray car.

Disorderly conduct: Franklin Boulevard

Police a 5:34 p.m. Nov. 11 arrested a man for disorderly conduct while intoxicated after he was seen stumbling around near the intersection of Franklin Boulevard and Grace Avenue.

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BART police are investigating a carjacking at gunpoint in a San Leandro Station parking lot as BART and other transit agencies are struggling to get passengers to return after a huge drop in ridership during shelter-in-place orders.


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The BART Board of Directors learned of the crime Thursday during a board meeting when a friend of the victim insisted the transit agency do more to protect its riders.

“It’s appalling. It’s very upsetting,” said the friend, whose name could not be clearly heard during the online meeting. “I just want BART to do something better to ensure the safety of riders. This should not happen. … It makes me not want to ride BART at all, ever.”

The victim, 58, an essential worker on her way to work, parked her car at the BART station around 5:30 a.m. when someone stuck a gun in her face and demanded that she surrender her car, her friend said. She was not injured, he said.

BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez said parking control officers had not yet started work at the time of the incident, but that a police officer in a patrol car drove through the lot around that time.

He said the victim’s car was found about two hours later in Oakland after it was involved in a traffic collision and the driver fled. BART police took the car and are following up on leads.

On Thursday, directors called on BART to provide better lighting and security at stations. Director Liz Ames said the Union City and Fremont stations are “really creepy” at 5 a.m. with one in five lights out and few people around.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call BART police investigators at at 510-464-7040 or the anonymous tip line at 510-464-7011.

Mallory Moench and Michael Cabanatuan are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: [email protected], [email protected] Twitter: @mallorymoench, @ctuan

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Police are searching for a man they say was involved in an abduction in CUF.

Joseph Bratcher, 41, crashed his vehicle into two pedestrians walking along the sidewalk in the 500 block of West McMillan Street on Oct. 27, court documents say. He then pointed a firearm at the victims he struck.

According to court documents, Bratcher then pointed the firearm at a passerby and demanded the man drive him from the location.

The man drove his own car, taking Bratcher from the crime scene “against his own free will,” documents say. He dropped Bratcher off at the corner of McMicken Avenue and Vine Street.

A warrant is out for Bratcher’s arrest on an abduction charge; other charges are pending, officials say.

Bratcher is 5 feet 6 inches and weighs approximately 140 pounds, according to police. He has a history of gun charges, menacing and domestic violence. Officials said he was last known to live in the 1900 block of Fairmount Avenue.

Police say Bratcher should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.

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