The Blotter | Vehicle located related to Piedmont shooting

Some evidence found, per Piedmont Police

Law enforcement has recovered a vehicle that they believe is related to a Feb. 28 shooting in Piedmont that resulted in a victim being hit in the wrist.

According to Piedmont Police Department Captain Chris Monahan, two people were involved in a physical altercation around 4 p.m. at the corner of Boulevard Way and Crofton Avenue. A suspect pulled a handgun and shot the victim in the area of the right wrist. The victim was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital.

Captain Monahan said the vehicle linked to the suspect was found by Alameda County deputies and “some evidence located in the car is being processed.” The suspect is still at large. He was described as an “African American adult male,” in his mid-20s, about 5-feet, six inches with a thin build and wearing a white hoodie and gray sweatpants. Captain Monahan said there is no further information on the suspect beyond that.

On Feb. 26, two suspects, including one wanted in multiple robberies in Berkeley were arrested in Piedmont. At 10:30 a.m., ALPR cameras reported a hit on a on a stolen vehicle out of San Francisco near Kingston and Monte Cresta avenues. The silver 2015 KIA Soul was then found parked on Kingston. Two juveniles were found in the vehicle, according to Captain Monahan. The passenger attempted to flee and was detained and found to be an “at risk missing juvenile” out of Oakland. “The passenger was removed from the system and transported to the DreamCatcher Youth Shelter after his parents rejected taking custody of him,” Captain Monahan said.

The driver was arrested and taken to Alameda  County Juvenile Hall for possession of a stolen vehicle and driving without a license. The driver was also wanted in a robbery in Berkeley, according to Captain Monahan.

On Feb. 20, a 2003 GMC Yukon was stolen from Kingston Avenue. The theft took place at approximately 4:45 a.m. The suspect vehicle is a 2015 Hyundai Sonata, according to Captain Monahan.

A stolen vehicle was recovered on Feb. 20 after the city’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) system reported a hit on the car. A beige 2016 Hyundai Elantra four-door stolen out of Oakland was reported at 7:19 p.m. at Crocker and Lincoln avenues with one suspect driving the vehicle. The car fled at a high speed and was found abandoned on Wildwood Gardens, according to Captain Monahan. The suspect fled the scene and the vehicle was towed.

Another stolen vehicle was recovered on Feb. 21. An ALPR hit on a white 2006 Ford F250 stolen out of Alameda County in the area of Grand and Wildwood avenues was reported at 3:22 p.m. Police found the vehicle on Moraga Avenue and detained two suspects, according to Captain  Monahan. Neither were found to have warrants and the driver was arrested and booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for possession of a stolen vehicle and driving with a suspended license.

On Feb. 24, an unidentified suspect was reported to have broken into a vehicle on Oakmont Avenue. The crime was  reported at 6:03 a.m. The victim alleged $500 in property taken and then later recovered their property on the sidewalk adjacent to the vehicle. The suspect was confronted by Piedmont Police, according to Captain Monahan, and fled in a tan Chevrolet Silverado. According to the police report, that vehicle was seen driving a high rate of speed and was “trying to ram vehicles on Ranleigh towards Portsmouth.”

A man was arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) on Mar. 3 after reportedly driving recklessly. A report came in at 4:46 p.m. that someone was driving a white 2006 Dodge Charger had almost hit the reporting person’s vehicle. Officers made contact with the registered owner of the car, according to Captain Monahan. Officers said the driver “exhibited signs of being under the influence.” The driver was given field sobriety tests and preliminary alcohol screening tests with results of 0.122 and 0.123 percent Blood Alcohol Levels, according to Captain  Monahan. He was arrested  for DUI.

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