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Community Pulse - October 4, 2019

Police Bulletin

Fleeing suspect eludes police near Valley Trails

A man with outstanding felony warrants who was spotted in a stolen vehicle in Pleasanton reportedly evaded police near the Valley Trails neighborhood last week and remains at-large.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Jeremy Castleberry, was last seen in the area of Valley Trails and West Las Positas Boulevard between Interstate 680 and Hopyard Road on Sept. 25, according to Pleasanton police Lt. Kurt Schlehuber.

Castleberry was still at-large as of press time Wednesday and may be armed and dangerous.

He is known to frequent Hayward and the Santa Cruz area, and he is wanted for several felony warrants for his arrest from Alameda County for identity theft, burglary and forgery, according to Schlehuber.

Pleasanton police only cited the theft-related case in Alameda County, but Bay City News Service reported that Santa Cruz police also arrested Castleberry on Sept. 9 on suspicion of raping a former girlfriend and trying to kill her. The legal status of that more serious case remains unclear.

In the meantime, Castleberry allegedly was spotted in Pleasanton driving a stolen white BMW X5 westbound on Stoneridge Drive at Denker Drive just after 9 a.m. Sept. 25. Schlehuber later confirmed to the Weekly that the stolen vehicle was initially identified to police by one of the new automated license plate readers recently installed in Pleasanton.

After pursuing officers initiated a traffic stop, the suspect increased speed and drove the wrong way on the I-680 northbound off-ramp continuing onto the freeway, according to Schlehuber.

It was at that point, Schlehuber said, that "officers terminated the pursuit as the vehicle drove dangerously southbound on the northbound direction of I-680." Pursuing officers lost sight of Castleberry after he got out of the BMW and ran eastbound toward South San Ramon Creek, hopping over the guardrail and escaping down the embankment into the creek.

Police conducted an "extensive two-hour search" of the area, according to Schlehuber, but cleared the perimeter by that afternoon after being unable to locate the man. Castleberry was described as a white man with a shaved head, who was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and carrying a large backpack.

In other news

* A Dublin man and a Daly City woman were found fatally shot inside a car that crashed into a home in East Oakland on Saturday morning, police said.

The man and woman were found in a car that crashed into a home in the 500 block of Douglas Avenue, a residential neighborhood in the Brookfield Village area, at about 11:07 a.m. on Saturday, according to police.

They were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The victims' names aren't being released at this time pending notification of their next of kin.

The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.

* It has been a busy few weeks for news resulting from serious incidents at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

In the first case, an inmate at the Dublin jail was charged with felony mayhem and assault for allegedly beating a fellow inmate so brutally in August that the victim lost his right eye, according to court records.

Michael Angel Rodriguez, 44, of Tracy was charged on Sept. 4 and later pleaded not guilty for the alleged attack on the other inmate at 7:15 p.m. on Aug. 29.

Alameda County sheriff's Deputy Brian Quinn wrote in a probable cause statement that he was escorting inmates into a temporary holding tank at Santa Rita when Rodriguez walked over to the other inmate, who was sleeping, and struck him in the head multiple times without provocation. The victim was taken to a hospital for emergency surgery to repair his right eye but the surgery was unsuccessful.

In the second story, the family of a 20-year-old man who died in June after he was arrested in Fremont and taken to the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin filed a civil rights claim against Fremont police and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Attorney John Burris, who represents the family of Christian Madrigal, said at a news conference at his Oakland office on Sept. 9 that Madrigal's parents called Fremont police on June 10 to seek medical assistance for him because he was suffering a mental health crisis, but officers instead arrested him for being criminally under the influence and then beat, choked and placed him in a full-body restraint called a WRAP device at Fremont City Jail.

Burris said Fremont officers then transported Madrigal to the Santa Rita Jail. The attorney alleged that a sheriff's lieutenant, previously identified by a sheriff's spokesman as Lt. Craig Cedergren, ordered his deputies to chain Madrigal to a cell door, in violation of the jail's internal policies.

Burris said Madrigal was left unattended for at least 10 minutes and reportedly was found trying to commit suicide by hanging himself using the same chains the deputies restrained him to the door with. The 20-year-old was taken to an area hospital, but never recovered and ultimately died on June 15.

And in the final case, the California Legislature approved a bill last month authored by State Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) that's designed to end what she says is the dangerous practice of county jails releasing people in the middle of the night.

Skinner said SB 42, called the Getting Home Safe Act, was inspired by the "preventable death" case of Jessica St. Louis, a 26-year-old Berkeley woman who died of an opioid overdose on July 28, 2018, about four hours after she was released from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin at 1:30 a.m. that day.

Under SB 42, jails throughout California must provide people who are eligible for release during evening and nighttime hours with the option of remaining in a safe waiting area, not behind bars, until morning. The bill has been forwarded to Gov. Gavin Newsom for consideration.

The three marquee cases were covered in-depth by Bay City News in stories published in full on the Weekly's website. Visit www.PleasantonWeekly.com to read more.

-- Pleasanton Weekly staff and Bay City News Service

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