The crime wave across California has come to the front doors of millions in once-safe cities. As the Globe recently reported, in the once sleepy cow town of Sacramento, California, there are now regular (daily) shootings, stabbings, even machete attacks, bank robberies, assaults and homicides.
We’ve been compiling long lists of violent crimes. This one is a rundown of just some of the crime in Sacramento last week. And this happens in Sacramento residential neighborhoods without acknowledgment of the seriousness or impact on the quality of life by Sacramento’s Mayor Darrell Steinberg, most members of the City Council.
I will add one more weird crime to the list: There was another middle-of-the-night explosion in Sacramento’s William Land Park Saturday night, a large regional park in the City of Sacramento. The park is surrounded by residential housing and local businesses, and includes the Sacramento Zoo, Land Park Golf Course, Fairytale Town, Funderland and a corral for pony rides.
For more than one year now, someone or some persons are setting off what sounds and feels like bombs – a very loud explosion in the middle of the night. The response from the city: Silence. Crickets. Local residents and neighbors have noted these explosions on local social media including Nextdoor and Facebook, and have asked the Mayor’s office and Sacramento Police what is going on, but no acknowledgment or response has been provided.
One home’s Ring camera caught this video of a car going the wrong way down a downtown alley in the middle of the night, dropping something, which eventually explodes sounding just like all of the other explosions. While we are not Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians, these aren’t bottle rockets, but certainly could be homemade explosives like
As I write this Sunday evening, another loud explosion just went off in the park at 5:53pm. The Globe immediately notified SacPD.
Recently I also reported being awakened at 2:25am by gunshots and then a short burst of automatic gunfire somewhere nearby in my neighborhood.
Here is a running list of last weeks’ crimes as reported by SacPD:
Robbery – Investigation: 2800 Block of Del Paso Rd on 11/12/2021 at 17:28 hrs
Officers responded to a report of a robbery at a bank. The suspect, possibly armed with a firearm, demanded money from a bank employee. Officers located the suspect vehicle which fled and led officers on a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit was discontinued but officers searched the area located the vehicle unoccupied near a field in Yolo County.
Officers established a perimeter with assistance from outside agencies. While searching the area, officers located one suspect who was taken into custody with assistance from a Sacramento Police Department K9. The suspect received treatment for minor injuries sustained during the K9 apprehension and was later booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail for charges related to the robbery.
One suspect is believed to be outstanding. The investigation remains active and anybody with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the police department.
Shooting and Kidnapping Investigation and Arrest: 3900 Block of 63rd St on 11/12/2021 at 16:49 hrs
Officers responded for a report of an assault. When officers arrived, they located two adult victims, one male and one female. Both victims sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. After the shooting, the suspect fled the area in a vehicle with the female victim’s three-year-old child.
It is believed that the victims, including the female victim’s three-year-old, and suspect were known to each other. An Amber Alert was issued for the suspect, Joshua Yago, and the three-year-old, Leo Norvell.
Both Yago and Norvell were located together in Hayward by the Hayward Police Department. The Amber Alert was cancelled and Norvell was safe and in good health. Yago was arrested on charges related to the kidnapping and earlier shooting. We would like to thank the community and outside agencies for their assistance.
Assault – Investigation: 2800 Block of Del Paso Rd on 11/12/2021 at 13:14 hrs
Officers responded to a report of an assault at a business. Two victims and one suspect were involved in an argument in a parking lot after a near-collision. The subjects separated but became involved in another altercation inside the business. The suspect physically assaulted one victim resulting in minor injuries to that victim. The suspect then fled the area after the altercation. A crime report was generated.
Robbery – Investigation: 5th St / J St on 11/12/2021 at 19:11 hrs
Officers responded to a report of a robbery. The suspect assaulted the victim and attempted to steal the victim’s property. The victim sustained minor injuries and the suspect fled the area. A crime report was generated.
Traffic Stop w/ Gun Arrest: Tangerine Ave / Tillman Cir on 11/12/2021 at 17:05 hrs
Officers conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle. During the investigation, a firearm and evidence of illegal marijuana sales was located. An occupant was arrested for weapons and marijuana sales charges.
But WAIT! There’s MORE!
Robbery – Investigation: 3200 Block of Arena Blvd on 11/10/2021 at 13:56 hrs
Officers responded to a report of a robbery a bank. The suspect, who was possibly armed with a firearm, demanded money from a bank employee. The suspect was able to steal a quantity of money and was last seen fleeing the area on foot. No injuries were reported during this incident. Officers checked the area but were not able to locate the suspect.
Officers conducted a thorough canvass of the area for evidence and witnesses. The incident will be forwarded to detectives who will be following up. The investigation is in its early stages and there is no suspect information to release at this time.
Vehicle Collision/Assault Investigation: Azevedo Dr / W El Camino Ave on 11/11/2021 at 20:59 hrs
Officers responded to a report of a vehicle collision involving two vehicles. After the collision, the occupants of one vehicle assaulted the driver of the other vehicle and then fled the area. The other driver sustained minor injuries. A crime report was generated.
Search Warrant – Gun Arrest: 2100 Block of Harris Ave on 11/11/2021 at 07:22 hrs
A search warrant was served related to illegal marijuana cultivation. During the investigation, 300 marijuana plants and two firearms were located. Two subjects were arrested for marijuana and weapons violations.
Vehicle Collision: 1900 Block of Grand Ave on 11/10/2021 at 14:48 hrs
Officers responded to a report of a collision involving a vehicle and a child. The child was transported to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The vehicle remained on scene and the driver was cooperative with the investigation. Officers conducted a collision investigation that will be documented in a report.
Shooting, ShotSpotter – Investigation: North Sacramento on 11/10/2021 at 10:49 hrs
Officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation. Evidence of a shooting was located at the scene however no injuries were reported. Officers canvassed the area for additional evidence and witnesses. A crime report was generated.
Assault – Arrest: 5th St / J St on 11/11/2021 at 18:43 hrs
Officers responded to a report of an assault. The suspect threw glass bottles at the victim, however the victim was not struck and was not injured. Officers located the described suspect and detained her. While detained, the suspect assaulted one officer. The suspect was arrested for assault charges.
Shooting – Investigation: 8000 Block of Pocket Rd on 11/10/2021 at 21:22 hrs
Officers responded to a report of the sound of shots fired in the area. Evidence of a shooting was located at the scene however no injuries were reported. Officers canvassed the area for additional evidence and witnesses. A crime report was generated.
Shooting – Investigation: East Sacramento on 11/11/2021 at 15:46 hrs
Officers responded to a local hospital to contact a patient with non-life-threatening gunshot injuries. The investigation determined patient’s injuries were self-inflicted from a negligent discharge. The patient was on probation and prohibited from possessing firearms. The patient was medically cleared from the hospital and arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm.
Theft – Arrest: 6500 Block of 4th Ave on 11/10/2021 at 18:05 hrs
Officers responded to a report of theft. The suspects stole merchandise from a business and left. Officers located the three suspects in the area who were arrested for theft-related charges.
Suspicious Occupied Vehicle – Gun Arrest: Stockton Blvd / Fowler Ave on 11/11/2021 at 14:31 hrs
Officers conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle. During the investigation, a firearm was located. The driver was arrested for weapons violations.
Homicide – Investigation: Northgate Blvd / Garden Hwy on 11/09/2021 at 17:22 hrs
Officers responded to a report of a subject who was located deceased. The victim sustained serious injuries that appeared to be from an assault.
And the Coup de grâce is this:
Homicide: 7300 Block of Meadowgate Drive, 11/09/2021
At approximately 8:56 a.m. Sacramento Police Department patrol officers responded to a residence located in the 7300 block of Meadowgate Drive for a reported shooting that had just occurred. When officers arrived, they located one adult male who had sustained at least one gunshot wound lying in front of the residence. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding personnel from the fire department. Based on preliminary information the deceased male may have been involved in a robbery that was occurring inside of the residence. A resident of the house then shot the male.
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