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4th Tracy torture suspect arrested where he works in Pleasanton

Anthony Waiters, 29, arrested on charges of torture, conspiracy, child endangerment, corporal injury, false imprisonment

A fourth suspect was arrested Tuesday at his Pleasanton job in the Tracy torture case that's made national headlines of a 16-year-old boy, who escaped to a local gym begging for help last week.

On Tuesday, Tracy police detectives arrested 29-year-old Anthony Waiters at his workplace in Pleasanton. Waiters is employed at the Bay East Association of Realtors. He works as part of the Bay East technical support group, taking phone calls from Realtors and helping them access and use technical and software materials.

Waiters was booked at San Joaquin County Jail on the following charges: torture, conspiracy, child endangerment, corporal injury to a child and false imprisonment.

Tracy Police Department spokesman Matt Robinson declined to answer questions about the case, citing a gag order that's in place and referred questions to the District Attorney's office.

The teen was wearing a shackle and chain around his ankle when he entered a Tracy gym last week asking for help. The other three suspects include Kelly Layne Lau, 30, and her husband, Michael Schumacher, 34 and Caren Ramirez, 43. They are being held in lieu of $2.2 million bail. No pleas have been made and their next court date is Jan. 5.

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4th Tracy torture suspect arrested where he works in Pleasanton

Anthony Waiters, 29, arrested on charges of torture, conspiracy, child endangerment, corporal injury, false imprisonment

by Janet Pelletier / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Dec 10, 2008, 11:05 am
Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2008, 11:54 am

A fourth suspect was arrested Tuesday at his Pleasanton job in the Tracy torture case that's made national headlines of a 16-year-old boy, who escaped to a local gym begging for help last week.

On Tuesday, Tracy police detectives arrested 29-year-old Anthony Waiters at his workplace in Pleasanton. Waiters is employed at the Bay East Association of Realtors. He works as part of the Bay East technical support group, taking phone calls from Realtors and helping them access and use technical and software materials.

Waiters was booked at San Joaquin County Jail on the following charges: torture, conspiracy, child endangerment, corporal injury to a child and false imprisonment.

Tracy Police Department spokesman Matt Robinson declined to answer questions about the case, citing a gag order that's in place and referred questions to the District Attorney's office.

The teen was wearing a shackle and chain around his ankle when he entered a Tracy gym last week asking for help. The other three suspects include Kelly Layne Lau, 30, and her husband, Michael Schumacher, 34 and Caren Ramirez, 43. They are being held in lieu of $2.2 million bail. No pleas have been made and their next court date is Jan. 5.

Comments

mac
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2008 at 8:50 am
mac, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2008 at 8:50 am

I pray this young teen gets intensive support to help overcome the heinous treatment he's endured. Forget the bailouts...put some money into the "human industry".

My heart aches for his past, his pain...and his future.

mac


TC
Amador Estates
on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:31 am
TC, Amador Estates
on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:31 am

your articles have spelling errors all the time.


Nancy Freedom
Downtown
on Dec 12, 2008 at 1:26 pm
Nancy Freedom, Downtown
on Dec 12, 2008 at 1:26 pm

The actual local paper with egregious spelling errors is The Independent.They've gone so far as to print the wrong headline over a story in their monthly magazine. I think the Pleasanton Weekly does a generally good job of copy editing. Perhaps some of the instances you think are spelling errors are variations in the spelling of names. For example, one of the defendants in the child abuse story above spells her first name unusually.


Cholo
Livermore
on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:30 pm
Cholo, Livermore
on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Hmmmmmm...I have the impression that the spelling police are on duty!


Ben
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:16 pm
Ben, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:16 pm

I read that the boy is in Child Protective Services. Which means God knows who has custody of him now, there's no way to know if he's being treated decently for once in his life.


Karen
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm
Karen, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm

My heart goes out to this kid.


Amelia
Del Prado
on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:35 pm
Amelia, Del Prado
on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:35 pm

I would like to do very, very bad things to the 'people' who hurt this child.


gatewood apartments managment
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 14, 2008 at 2:36 pm
gatewood apartments managment, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 14, 2008 at 2:36 pm

Take all 4 of these scumbags and stuff them into a small fireplace and light it.


Doo Doo
Valley Trails
on Dec 14, 2008 at 9:01 pm
Doo Doo, Valley Trails
on Dec 14, 2008 at 9:01 pm

Lets keep in mind they are only charged at this point. Remember all of you defended good ol' Henry the molester because he still hasn't had his day in court. Give these people the same respect.
I talked to one of the neighbors to the house on tennis lane in Tracy. They told me that kid was part of the family. He was seen plenty of times washing the car (outside alone), and mowing the front lawn (alone), no chains or ropes...He was the typical teenager that came and went as he pleased.
Now he obviously suffered some abuse recently, anyone can see that. But lets wait till the facts come out. I just wanted to remind everyone that all four of those suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Sound familiar? (just like Henry the molester...)


Cholo
Livermore
on Dec 15, 2008 at 2:19 pm
Cholo, Livermore
on Dec 15, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Is there a fund set up for the kid? Address?

Incidentally, everybody did NOT support Henry.


Brian
Castlewood
on Dec 18, 2008 at 11:48 am
Brian, Castlewood
on Dec 18, 2008 at 11:48 am

He was seen plenty of times working washing cars and mowing their lawn. And you mean they didn't use chains for the public to see? Because then they might be caught? Abusers usually do let the public see the chains and other evidence of abuse, so that's strange that the child was seen working outside the house without chains.
That's clear evidence that he wasn't being abused. No chains in public, no abuse.
I doubt it was the fear of death that caused him not to run away, a fear imprinted in his brain since infancy. I doubt it was because if you grow up with abuse, you feel helpless, hopeless and anxiety-ridden. You feel as 'chained' in your mind as if you are literally chained. You just try to do what they say so the abuse doesn't escalate to the point of death. That this kid was able to summon the will to make a run for it is a miracle.
It's interesting that you cite the fact that this kid was used to do work outside the house as evidence he was treated as 'family'.


Doo Doo
Valley Trails
on Dec 18, 2008 at 12:29 pm
Doo Doo, Valley Trails
on Dec 18, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I'll watch my tone so the Pleasanton Weakly doesn't erase my post...
Brian, you're being silly. (is that nicely enough?) I was trying to wrap up my 1/2 hour conversation with the familys neighbor into a quick post. (neighbors that live right next door) I was just putting out there that I was told by the neighbor that all of this news is "confusing" because he was often seen outside alone and also coming and going from the store, mall..with bags in hand...etc... The neighbors recently have had conversations with the teen about life, plans, etc...and from their point of view, going from a "come as he pleases teen" to a chained to the fire place abuse victim, it is all kinda confusing (the neighbors words, not mine) My point was the level of abuse might have been a sudden turn of events. Maybe all 4 suspects aren't guilty? I wanted people to consider that some of the reports might have been twisted alittle, and understand that in the case of a minor, not all of the information is released.
Now...I never said he wasn't abused. Actually, I admitted he was. But thanks for being a smart a$$ about it. Brian....you should really watch your attitude in these forums because the pleasanton weakly staff will remove your post just for laughs. I wasn't rude, vulgar, upset...nothing controversial. I'm still waiting for an explanation.


jj
Avila
on Jan 8, 2009 at 10:49 am
jj, Avila
on Jan 8, 2009 at 10:49 am

i know tony and i would have never thought he could do something like this. He is a very well liked guy that is friendly to everyone


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