Fremont police last week revealed details about the recent arrest of a man accused of committing a slew of burglaries, vandalism incidents, thefts, police evasions and more over four months across the Bay Area, including in Pleasanton and potentially Dublin.
The press release on Friday about Abed Saeidah's Jan. 22 arrest also described a police pursuit -- previously unreported publicly -- in which the 28-year-old Hayward man allegedly tried to run over a Pleasanton police detective with his car and later taunted officers before ultimately eluding them earlier this year.
Saeidah, who faces a variety of charges in multiple East Bay cities, has been charged in connection with more than 10 property crimes in Pleasanton, according to Pleasanton police Sgt. Chris Niederhaus.
The Fremont Police Department alleged Saeidah's crimes included a series of burglaries targeting car wash facilities in Hayward, Dublin, Newark, Milpitas, Campbell, Redwood City, Rohnert Park, South San Francisco and Burlingame, as well as other places Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Dublin police Lt. Matt Farruggia told the Weekly the department's detectives are working to identify the suspect in a few recent burglaries at car washes, but "at this time, I don't know if the suspect in the Fremont Police Department investigation is tied to the burglaries in our city."
Fremont police say Saediah, who was placed under arrest multiple times in the past four months but released from custody, remains in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin at this time while his criminal cases proceed. They also cited an extensive past arrest record for the suspect.
It is unclear whether Saeidah has entered a plea to any charges, or whether he is represented by an attorney.
Detectives in Fremont began investigating Saeidah in October after a robbery at a business on Fremont Boulevard in which he allegedly brandished a knife and made threats at an employee who tried to wrestle him to the ground, police said. They also allege Saeidah was caught on video on Christmas Eve stealing money from water dispenser machines at Fremont businesses.
Fremont police allege Saeidah took part in "numerous burglaries and thefts" across the Bay Area during the several months before his most recent arrest, including over a dozen car break-ins in Pleasanton. "During this timeframe, Saeidah was arrested several times and cite/released for various property crimes by multiple agencies," they said.
The situation escalated more on Jan. 15 when Pleasanton PD detectives attempted to arrest Saeidah in Fremont on outstanding warrants. Police alleged he ran and then got into his vehicle as detectives chased him.
"Saeidah then drove directly at several detectives and rammed an unmarked Pleasanton detective vehicle," Fremont police said. "One detective was forced to quickly jump out of the way in order to avoid being struck by Saeidah's vehicle. At one point, Saeidah exited his vehicle and began taunting the detectives."
Fremont PD patrol units took over the pursuit but they lost sight of him on northbound Interstate 880, according to investigators.
Niederhaus confirmed the details recounted by Fremont police about Pleasanton detectives' involvement on Jan. 15.
The case then shifted to Fremont PD's special operations detectives, who investigated his alleged connection to stolen vehicles in cases in Redwood City and Hayward.
Detectives allegedly caught up to Saeidah in a vehicle in Hayward on Jan. 22 before he tried to ram an unmarked police vehicle and then attempted to run but was apprehended by detectives. The arrestee allegedly fought with detectives before being handcuffed and subdued, and then he tried to run away again unsuccessfully.
Police said Saeidah was taken to a hospital for medical clearance, and allegedly "while detectives were escorting Saeidah out of the hospital, Saeidah attempted to flee once again despite already being handcuffed. Detectives were able to restrain Saeidah until additional officers arrived on scene to secure him in a patrol vehicle."
Saeidah was ultimately transported to the jail in Dublin and booked on charges in Fremont incidents including robbery, vandalism, resisting arrest, and possession of a stolen vehicle, stolen property, drugs and burglary tools. He has since been charged for incidents in other jurisdictions, and more investigations are pending.
Fremont police also alleged he had a lengthy past arrest record for a range of offenses.
Saeidah was seen driving his black 2019 Dodge Charger during several recent crimes, police said. He was also seen driving an associate's silver 2001 Toyota Corolla, an associate's red 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, a stolen maroon Toyota Corolla, a stolen silver Ford Fusion, a stolen gold Honda Civic and a stolen black Honda Civic.
Fremont PD urges anyone with information in the investigation or believe you were victimized by this crime spree, to contact Det. Troy Roberts at 510-790-6900 or [email protected]