Teen charged as adult in San Leandro killing
(KTVU) - Here's KTVU crime reporter Henry Lee's Rap Sheet blog for June 30, 2016:
TEEN CHARGED AS ADULT IN SAN LEANDRO SLAYING: A boy who was 17 when he allegedly took part in a gang-related killing outside the San Leandro Senior Community Center has been charged as an adult, court records show.
Gabriel Joseph Martinez turned 18 just 12 days after he and Noberto Villarreal, 25, allegedly killed 28-year-old Dariel Arreola of Manteca outside the senior center. Two other suspects arrested by San Leandro police are boys, ages 14 and 16. Their names were withheld because of their ages.
Arreola was among 50 people attending a first communion party outside the senior center on East 14th Street when two assailants snuck up from behind and shot him dead on May 15, authorities said. Arreola was shot seven times in the head and chest, court documents said.
The victim was a gang member who was targeted by members of a rival faction of the same gang, authorities said.
After the shooting, the assailants tried to flee in a minivan that was stolen from Union City the night before, but they crashed into an SUV. The suspects fled on foot. Inside the minivan, police found a pistol with a magazine that was missing seven rounds, authorities said. Villarreal's DNA was found on the gun, police said.
San Leandro police learned from their counterparts in Hayward and Union City that there was an ongoing feud between Arreola's gang and a rival faction of which Villarreal was a member, authorities said.
A witness later identified Villarreal in a photo lineup, police said.
Alameda County prosecutors have charged Martinez and Villarreal with murder. They have also charged Villarreal with attempted murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle for allegedly firing at a rival gang members' car in December in Hayward.
The victim wasn't hit, but his girlfriend and a 1-year-old child was in his car, authorities said. The intended target got out of his car and shot back at Villarreal as he drove away, authorities said. Villarreal wasn't hit.
Martinez was also charged with attempted murder, shooting at an occupied motor vehicle and shooting at an occupied dwelling for another incident in Hayward in April and for a robbery a day earlier.
Both Martinez and Villarreal are being held without bail.
HAPPY SUSPECT NABBED IN CABBIE ATTACK: Palo Alto police arrested a parolee early today for allegedly stiffing a cab driver and then brandishing a stun gun on him.
The incident happened about 3:05 a.m. when the cabbie called police, saying that a man failed to pay him for a ride after they stopped on El Camino Real at MIlitary Way.
As the cab driver was calling police, he reported that the suspect had pulled out a stun gun from his pocket and was activating it. The cabbie locked himself in his Ford Crown Victoria to protect himself and was never hit by electricity.
Officers arrived and arrested Amir Sakaev, 27, of San Jose nearby. He was on active parole for making criminal threats and was also on probation for vandalism and violation of a court order, police said. He was booked at Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery, being a felon in possession of a stun and a probation violation.
CRIME FILES: Join me and Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly on Sunday night about 10:45 p.m. as we discuss fireworks safety. Have a safe Fourth of July.
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