Off-duty Oakland cop charged in wrong-house case

- Here is KTVU crime reporter Henry Lee's Rap Sheet blog for April 8, 2016:

OAKLAND COP CHARGED: An off-duty Oakland police officer has been charged with four misdemeanors for an alleged drunken assault after he showed up at the wrong house while looking for a party.

Cullen William Faeth was charged with two counts of battery and one count each of trespassing and public intoxication in connection with an incident on Dec. 7, Alameda County prosecutors said today.

 It all started at Monaghan's Bar in the Oakland hills.

Sources say a group of off-duty Oakland police officers was drinking when they decided to go to one of the officer's homes about a mile away.

But Faeth apparently got left behind and got lost on the way there. He ended up on the wrong street and showed up at a home belonging to a woman who works as an Alameda County deputy probation officer.

Faeth, allegedly drunk, was charged with battering the woman and her husband while trespassing on their property.

According to an Oakland police statement of probable cause, Faeth battered the woman by "taking her to the ground by body force. Faeth refused to leave their property and was intoxicated in a public place."

Faeth and three other officers who had been together that night were placed on administrative leave.

The department has indicated that it no longer wants several officers on the force in connection with that incident.

In a statement today, the department said an internal affairs investigation had been completed.

"The Oakland Police Department takes all allegations of misconduct involving our employees seriously," the department said. "We hold all of our employees to a high level of ethical and professional accountability and will not tolerate criminal behavior."

Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris has filed a claim against the city. The claim is a legal precursor to a formal lawsuit.

The alleged victim, who wished only to be identified as Mrs. Cortez, said she and her husband were home at the time with their two teenage daughters at the time of the incident.

The mother described being in the shower when she heard knocking on the door that became incessantly louder. She eventually and abruptly exited the shower to answer the door.  At least one officer was described as being “very aggressive”, while another officer was said to have gone to the back yard.

Mrs. Cortez said she and her family were traumatized by the ordeal.

"I told my kids to go back inside," Cortez told reporters at a news conference with Burris. "And they were crying. And they were really afraid."

TRIAL FOR MAN IN DOUBLE-FATAL DUI CRASH: A Livermore man must stand trial on murder charges in connection with a double-fatal crash that took the lives of a woman and her daughter, a judge ordered today.

Brian Jones, 36, of Livermore is accused of having visited a wine festival before he lost control of his car and crashed into a Livermore apartment complex, killing a woman and her 14-month-old daughter and injuring two other children.

Esperanza Morales, 40, of Seaside in Monterey County and her daughter Juli were killed as they were walking on a pathway near an apartment complex at 975 Murrieta Blvd.

Jones had a preliminary blood-alcohol level of at least 0.13 percent, more than the legal limit of 0.08 percent, police said.

The crash happened hours after Jones had visited the Livermore Wine Country Festival, police said.

Police determined that Jones was driving under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette near a curve in the road and struck Morales and her daughter, Sanchez said. Both died at the scene.

Two other victims, a 7-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy, who were in a backyard in the complex, were hit by debris from the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. The Corvette slammed into two trees and the apartment building. Jones suffered injuries in the crash and was also taken to a hospital before being booked into jail, police said. The impact of the crash left the car unrecognizable, police said.

CRIME FILES: Join me at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday, April 10 as we meet with Ronin, a Richmond police K-9 dog trained in drug detection.

You can see Henry Lee daily on KTVU. If you have a tip for Henry, send an email to Henry.Lee@foxtv.com or contact him on Twitter

 

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