BART AT STONERIDGE
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by aaron, Highland Oaks,
on Mar 3, 2008
Doesn't anyone else see this as a bad idea? at the owens location, not too many homes or businesses. but along stoneridge, many neighborhoods. which have always been quiet, and for the most part crime free!!! This is definately a bad decision, and am wondering if something can be done to halt it before it comes. I mean weren't they supposed to go out to livermore then to tracy like 10 years ago. or is it ok for alameda county to pay taxes on nothing. wasn't there also an extension to san jose comming soon? either way i don't want bart in my neighborhood. look at all the neighborhoods along barts path. all are crime riden and pretty trashy. look out the parking lot and see crime, poverty, and filth. is that what people want surrounding the mall, and the surrounding neighborhood. not what i want or my neighbors, that's for sure. I don't see the mall having that much of a problem, with business. they seem pretty busy to me. and if so, why not try putting better stores, instead of worsening the area. About 20 years ago there was a homeless problem in that neighborhood, and the parks. do we need this again? I don't think so. it may not happen immediately, but with time it will happen.
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Posted by factfinder
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:01 pm
The Transportation of choice for these murders was bart!! Victim lived only 1 mile from Bart!!! FACT!
Slaying Suspects On Drugs, Cops Say
Lafayette victim called random
Charlie Goodyear, Bernadette Tansey, Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writers
Wednesday, June 10, 1998
Janet Daher's suspected attackers were high on rock cocaine and prepared for violence when they boarded a BART train in San Francisco, got off in Lafayette and found the perfect target -- an open garage door.
``They didn't care how many people were in there,'' said Contra Costa Sheriff's Lieutenant George Lawrence at a press conference yesterday to announce the arrest of three suspects. ``They came armed. They wore gloves. We believe they were on drugs.''
Lawrence identified Joseph Andrew Perez Jr., 26, as the ``main player'' in the March 24 stabbing and
strangulation of Daher. Perez was arrested early Sunday at his family's Millbrae home and is being held without bail at the County Jail in Martinez on suspicion of murder, robbery, burglary and grand theft.
But in a jailhouse interview, Perez denied having anything to do with Daher's killing.
``I'm not going to say I'm an innocent person, but I'm innocent on this,'' he said.
Perez's criminal record dates back to when he was 12 years old. He pleaded guilty to car theft in 1992, was sentenced to prison for robbery in 1993 and escaped six months later. He was rearrested in San Francisco for assault in 1994 and was sentenced to an additional two years in state prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He also faced charges of escaping from a Ukiah camp run by the Department of Corrections.
Perez had been paroled about a month before Daher was killed.
``This gentleman has had more than his share of breaks by the courts and has been unable to handle any of them,'' said Ed Elmer, a deputy regional parole administrator.
Also under suspicion are a 17- year-old San Francisco juvenile and a 18-year-old Fairfield man, whom police would not identify but who has reportedly been cooperating in the investigation. Both are in custody at unidentified jails outside Contra Costa County.
And investigators may arrest a fourth person as an accessory. Perez's father said one of his son's friends, who lives in San Francisco, was picked up by police for questioning yesterday.
Police have also recovered three folding knives believed to have been used in the stabbing.
On Friday night, the Fairfield suspect led police to one knife discarded in a field that investigators had previously searched near a Cordelia roofing business where Daher's Mercedes all-terrain vehicle had been abandoned the day of the slaying. Two others were taken from the suspect Friday.
Several days after Daher was killed, the Fairfield man was arrested on a BART train after an altercation with another passenger. Police who searched him discovered some of the estimated $20,000 worth of Daher's jewelry stolen from a jewelry box in her bedroom, according to law enforcement sources.
BART police did not press charges in the BART altercation but kept the jewelry, which is being held as evidence in the Daher case.
Police said that on March 24, the three suspects had smoked rock cocaine at the juvenile's home in San Francisco, then took BART to Lafayette and walked up Happy Valley Road from the station before turning right onto Rose Lane.
Toward the top of the hill, they noticed the garage door open at the Daher home and entered the house. The killers strangled the 46- year-old mother of two with a telephone cord and slit her throat in the upstairs master bedroom.
``This act was totally at random,'' Lawrence told reporters. ``They had no relationship with the Daher family or anyone in Lafayette.''
Later Lawrence confirmed that Daher ``didn't put up any resistance'' during the attack.
Lawrence said the three suspects drove from Daher's home north to Solano County where one was dropped off at the Overnighter Lodge. The two other suspects parked Daher's Mercedes and walked back to the motel where the fourth suspect picked them up in a car. All four then drove back to San Francisco, Lawrence said.
Police received a major break in the case last Thursday when a Fairfield woman called to say a relative may know something about the slaying. That relative in turn led investigators to Perez.
But there were people who could have helped police much sooner. The suspects were bragging about the killing and giving Daher's jewelry to girlfriends and trading items for drugs. One suspect may have even had one of the thousands of flyers handed out around the Bay Area asking for help in solving Daher's killing.
``We believe that several people may have known about this early on and failed to come forward,'' Lawrence said.
Police are still searching for a diamond ring and other jewelry also believed to have been stolen from the Daher home.
Perez said yesterday that he smokes marijuana daily but would only admit using cocaine once since he was paroled in February. He also said he doesn't physically resemble a suspect sketch provided by police. His father, Joseph Perez Sr., said he doesn't believe his son was involved in the slaying. But he said his son has a drug problem and may have helped plan the burglary of Daher's home.
``My heart goes out to that family,'' Perez Sr. said.
Daher's husband, Joe Daher, again thanked the media yesterday for sustained coverage of the case.
``It's been a long and draining 11 weeks but we're relieved to know that these three animals are where they belong,'' he said.
Joe Daher also thanked his neighbors and Lafayette residents, many of whom contributed to a $50,000 reward fund and passed out flyers.
``Jan and I always had a great feeling living here in Lafayette,'' he added in an emotion-choked voice. ``Little did we know how lucky we were.''
Asked if he wanted to speak with any of the suspects, Joe Daher replied, ``I'd like to do more than talk to these guys.''
Lafayette Mayor Anne Grodin said Daher's death ``has been a heart-wrenching experience for the little community of Lafayette.''
Chronicle staff writers Jaxon Vanderbeken, Benjamin Pimentel and Torri Minton also contributed to this report.
This article appeared on page A - 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle