Tri-Valley bank robber wanted

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Here's KTVU crime reporter Henry Lee's Rap Sheet blog for June 3, 2016:

BANK ROBBER WANTED: Livermore and Pleasanton police may be searching for the same man in bank robberies less than an hour apart today.

The first holdup happened man at he West America Bank at 1480 First St. in Livermore shortly after 10 a.m. A man wearing a mask handed a demand note to a teller and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The teller did not see a weapon.

The robber wore a white long-sleeved shirt and a black hoodie.

At 10:50 a.m., a man with similar clothing description handed a demand note to a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank at 4767 Hopyard Rd. in Pleasanton. He fled with money in a gray or silver Audi A3 that was spotted by witnesses.

Witnesses saw the car driving east in the westbound lanes of Bernal Avenue at one point. Pleasanton police began chasing him onto northbound Interstate 580 but broke off when he began driving erratically. Officers lost him as he transitioned onto westbound Interstate 580.

Anyone with information is asked to call Livermore police at (925) 371-4848 or Pleasanton police at (925) 931-5100.


A man went into the unlocked rooms of two female Stanford University students early today and lifted the bed covers off them as they slept, authorities said.

Both incidents happened at a student residence on the 1000 block of Campus Drive East.

The first incident happened about 3 a.m. when a woman awoke to find a stranger standing next to her bed and lifting the covers off her, according to the Stanford Department of Public Safety. The woman screamed, and the intruder ran out of her room.

The victim searched the area for about a half hour and spotted him in a different part of the building.

 "From a distance, she asked him who he was, at which point he ran out of the building," officials said.

Then, between 6 and 6:45 a.m., a second woman also reported being awakened by a man lifting off her bed covers. The woman chased him out of the building and into the parking lot. The man was last seen running toward Campus Drive.

The victims described the intruder as a Latino man between 18 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a stock build, short brown hair and brown eyes. He wore a gray shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Stanford University of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413.

EX-OAKLAND COP PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN GUN INCIDENT: A former Oakland police officer pleaded not guilty today to charges that he pointed a gun at a man painting his door at his Emeryville apartment.

Matthew Santos will return to Alameda County Superior Court later this month for a preliminary hearing on charges of false imprisonment and brandishing a gun, both felonies.

The incident happened Feb. 17 as the victim was painting the outer front door of Santos' apartment in Emeryville, authorities said.

Property management had left a note on Santos' door five days earlier stating that the painter would be present, investigators said.

On the day of the incident, Santos arrived at his apartment and found the painter painting his open front door as a security guard stood by.

Santos told the painter, "Hey, get away from my door" and pointed a gun at him, according to an Emeryville police probable-cause affidavit. 

"The victim was scared and ran," the affidavit says. Santos asked who opened his door, pointed the gun toward the painter's back and walked him down to the leasing office, authorities said. 

"The defendant placed the gun in his waistband once they entered the leasing office," the affidavit says. The painter placed Santos under citizen's arrest.

Santos attorney has told KTVU that his client feared the painter could have been an intruder going after off-duty guns and ammo he stores at his apartment. Santos had explicitly told property management in writing and over the phone that he didn't want anyone in his home because of the weapons, the attorney said.

Santos has been let go by the Oakland Police Department.

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