Robber sought by cops in 3 cities

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Here's the Rap Sheet for Dec. 30, 2015:

TRI-CITY SEARCH FOR ROBBER: A man who robbed a Walnut Creek gas station is believed have previously struck in San Leandro and Redwood City, police said today.

The most recent hold-up happened about 4:35 a.m. today when a man went inside the Valero gas station at 605 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek. The man took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register before fleeing on foot.

Officers arrived within a minute but couldn't find them, although a Walnut Creek K-9 did pick up a scent. 

Police said there were similarities leading them to believe that the same man also committed robberies in San Leandro and Redwood City. Investigators with all three cities are working together in hopes of identifying him, police said.

SUSPECT IN HAYWARD BART POLICE SHOOTOUT CHARGED: A convicted felon has been charged in connection with a wild Christmas Day shootout with BART police at the Hayward station, but not with a man found dead in a UHaul truck he had been pushing, authorities said.

Alameda County prosecutors have charged Charles Goetting, 27, with attempted murder of a police officer, assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a police officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Goetting has not been charged in connection with the killing of Jason Anderson, 40, last known address of Bay Point, pending further investigation. Goetting remains hospitalized under police guard, said BART spokesman Jim Allison.

It all began on Christmas Day, when two officers saw Goetting pushing a white UHaul pickup truck into a parking stall on the basement level of the Hayward BART Station parking structure, authorities said. The truck had a broken rear window.

Officers also saw Goetting carrying a gasoline container, sources say. 

The officers suspected that Goetting was involved in a possible burglary and learned that he was on probation. They were about to search him when he pulled out a gun and began firing, hitting Officer Timothy Eads in the arm, police said.

Officer Carlos Dazhan fired several rounds in response, wounding the suspect, court records show.

It wasn't until later that police found Anderson's body in the bed of the pickup, covered in a trap and trash. The victim had been shot, source say.

The investigation into Anderson's killing is continuing, Allison said.

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