The Blotter | Sexual assault suspect arrested

Male connected to two incidents on May 31

A man was arrested on June 5 in connection to two alleged assaults that took place on the morning of May 31. The first incident happened on Bonita Avenue, with a suspect accused of approaching a woman from behind and grabbing her buttocks. A similar incident was then reported on Pala Avenue.

Video footage allowed the Piedmont Police Department to identify a potential suspect using the FLOCK camera system.

The vehicle seen in the video had been sold but the previous owner provided information on the new owner, according to a Facebook post by the Department. The new owner then identified who was using the car at the time of the alleged assaults.

Piedmont Police detectives asked the suspect to come to the station. He voluntarily agreed, according to the Facebook post. Piedmont Police said he matched the individual seen in the video. “During an interview, he confessed to being involved in the assaults. The suspect was subsequently arrested for sexual battery and booked into Santa Rita Jail without incident,” read the Facebook post.

At 7:39 a.m. on June 1, a prowler was reported on the property of an abandoned house on Magnolia Avenue. The white female suspect entered the back yard by a side gate, according to Piedmont Police Captain Chris Monahan. The police log described her as wearing camouflage pants and a gun holster. The subject was detained by police and found to be on probation in Alameda County for possession of stolen property.

She was searched but no contraband or weapons were located, according to Captain Monahan. He said she was cited for prowling and released.

A stolen 2016 Lexus RC200t was recovered on June 1 on Oakland Avenue. A police officer found the vehicle and a records check showed it had been stolen out of Oakland, according to Captain Monahan. There was damage to rear end of the vehicle as well as to the sunroof.

Also on June 1, a gray 2003 Ford Crown Victoria was recovered on MacArthur Boulevard. It had been reported stolen out of Oakland. The vehicle was released to the registered owner.

A red 2022 BMW X3 was stolen sometime between 10:30 p.m. on June 1 and 5 a.m. on June 2 from a driveway on El Cerrito Avenue. The vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys inside. It was later recovered in Oakland, but one key was missing, according to Captain Monahan. The victim’s black 2022 Porsche Cayenne, also parked in the driveway, was rifled through as well, according to the victim.

On June 3, a gray 2017 Infiniti Q50 with a broken sunroof was found on Kempton Avenue by police at 6:41 a.m. A records check found it had been reported stolen out of San Pablo, according to Captain Monahan.

A search produced 2.39 grams of suspected methamphetamine, according to Captain Monahan, as well as a Play Station 5.

On June 4, a white 2013 Lexus ES300H was found “suspiciously” parked at Bonita and Moraga avenues at 6:34 a.m., according to Captain Monahan. A records check showed it had been reported stolen out of Oakland.

The sunroof glass was broken and two keys were found in side – one with a Lexus key fob and one with a Nissan key fob, according to Captain Monahan. He said lighters were collected for fingerprinting.

On June 6, a garbage truck struck a tree on Wildwood Avenue at 1:16 p.m. The collision caused utility lines to come down, according to Captain Monahan. Xfinity reported  that 4,000 customers had service outages due to the incident.

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