San Francisco Bay Area Monday Morning News Roundup

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Police Search for Richmond Shooting Suspects

San Francisco police are searching for at least two suspects in a Richmond District shooting that left one victim with life-threatening injuries Sunday evening.

The victim in the shooting was involved in an altercation with at least two male suspects that ended in a shooting just before 7 p.m., Officer Albie Esparza said.

No arrests have been made. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, but police do not yet have a description of the vehicle or suspects.

Woman Found Dead in Motel

A woman was found shot dead in a Salinas motel Sunday morning after an explosion was heard coming from the room, according to police.

Officers were called to the Willow Lodge at 719 S. Main Street shortly before 8 a.m. on a report of a gunshot, explosion and possible fire in one of the rooms, according to Commander Vincent Maiorana.

Police and firefighters found that a fire had been set inside a motel room and evidence of a small explosion. The fire was small and quickly extinguished, but a dead woman was found in the room, Maiorana said.

The woman appears to have been shot and the death is being investigated as a homicide, Maiorana said.

Man Shoots Home Depot Security Guard

A suspect allegedly shot one security guard and pistol-whipped another at a Hayward Home Depot store Sunday afternoon when they tried to stop him from stealing a cart full of tools, according to police.

The security guards spotted the suspect allegedly trying to steal the tools shortly before 12:30 p.m. just outside the store's garden center, according to Sgt. Ray Sisson.

When they tried to take him into custody, however, the suspect struggled with the guards and then pulled out a handgun, Sisson said.

The suspect allegedly shot one security guard in the right shoulder and hit the second one on the left side of the head.

He was last seen running east through the parking lot toward Hesperian Boulevard, then north toward Togo's, Sisson said.

Both security guards will recover from their injuries, Sisson said. The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male adult, 30 to 40 years old and 6 feet tall with short, grayish hair in a short ponytail.

He was last seen wearing denim shorts extending to mid-calf, an orange t-shirt, a gray sweatshirt and white socks pulled up to his knees with a dark-colored baseball hat.

However, police located discarded items behind the nearby Worlds Fare Donuts during a search of the area after the incident.

Multi-Vehicle Collision On Highway 37

Two children and three adults were injured in a multi-vehicle collision on state Highway 37 near the Sonoma Raceway Sunday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A 2-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were transported by helicopter with serious injuries from the crash, which occurred around 3:40 p.m. between Lakeville Highway and state Highway 121, CHP officials said.

Two drivers and a passenger from other vehicles involved in the crash were also transported by ground ambulance with various injuries.

The crash occurred when an eastbound 2010 Toyota Yaris driven by 53-year-old Los Gatos resident Erinn Richards struck an eastbound 2004 Nissan Sentra that had stopped in traffic.

The Nissan, driven by 23-year-old Vallejo resident Alejandro Rangel, had come to a stop behind an eastbound 2013 Toyota Camry, driven by 66-year-old Sandra Arendell of Grass Valley, that was stuck in heavy traffic.

When the Yaris struck the Sentra, the Sentra in turn was pushed into the Camry in a chain reaction, the CHP said.

The collision was forceful enough to cause the Camry to spin around and come to rest blocking both lanes of traffic.

Richard and Rangel were among those transported with injuries by ground ambulance.

Traffic was able to flow past the scene of the crash using the wide center divider section, according to the CHP. The scene was cleared around 5 p.m.

Police Search for Stabbing Suspects

San Francisco police are searching for suspects in several stabbings that took place early Sunday morning.

The first stabbing occurred at Mission and Cesar Chavez streets around 12:45 a.m., when two men got into an argument that turned into a fight, according to Officer Albie Esparza.

The suspect, described only as a Hispanic male around 45 years old, slashed the victim in the abdomen and fled the scene, Esparza said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Esparza said.

A second stabbing occurred in the Mission District around 1:40 a.m. on the 3000 block of 16th Street.

The victim was talking to a security guard outside when he was approached by the suspect, described as a male aged around 20 to 25.

The suspect allegedly punched the victim, causing the victim to flee. It was only after he left the area, however, that the victim realized that he had been stabbed in the back, Esparza said.

The victim drove himself to the hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The last and most serious stabbings occurred on the first block of Stillman Street near Third Street, near South Park, Esparza said.

Five suspects, all described as Hispanic males around 23 to 24 years old, first approached a single victim who was waiting for friends in a parking lot.

They allegedly beat that victim unconscious, before walking up Stillman and encountering two additional victims.

One suspect allegedly stabbed a victim and took his necklace, and the other victim was slashed on the wrist during the robbery, Esparza said.

Some of the injuries sustained in the South Park-area attack were life-threatening, Esparza said.

The suspects fled in an unknown direction in that attack, and no arrests have been made.

San Francisco police are asking anyone with information on these attacks or suspects to contact them immediately.

Santa Rosa Officers Assaulted 

Two Santa Rosa police officers were hospitalized after being assaulted during a traffic stop Saturday night, a police sergeant said.

An officer conducted a traffic stop in the 500 block of South E Street at about 9:50 p.m., Sgt. David Linscomb said.

The driver, 34-year-old Korynn Stewart, of Santa Rosa, appeared to be intoxicated, Linscomb said.

Stewart was put into handcuffs, and then the passenger in her car, 32-year-old Joseph Michael Simmons, of Santa Rosa, got out and confronted the officer and his partner, according to Linscomb.

Linscomb said a fight ensued, and Simmons broke free at one point. Steward kicked one of the officers in the face, he said.

The officers ultimately took out their batons and Tasers to try and bring the suspects into custody, he said.

Additional officers arrived and helped bring Stewart and Simmons into custody. Simmons, Stewart and the officer kicked by Simmons were all transported to a hospital by ambulance.

The other officer was taken by another officer to a hospital, Linscomb said. One officer suffered "significant injuries" to the legs, arm, face and head.

The other officer in the fight suffered minor injuries, he said. Everyone involved in the fight is expected to survive, Linscomb said.

The two officers and Stewart were released from the hospital, while Simmons remains there Sunday morning for additional treatment, Linscomb said.

Simmons will be booked into jail on suspicion of felony assault on a police officer. Stewart will be booked for felony resisting a police officer and DUI.

Policeman Crashes Car Into Tree

A San Jose police officer was injured when he crashed a patrol car into a tree on Saturday night.

At about 8:15 p.m., the officer spotted a known parolee with an active arrest warrant for narcotics who was driving near South 11th and East Santa Clara streets, San Jose police Sgt Jason Dwyer said.

The officer initiated a pursuit into the 100 block of South 11th Street, where the suspect pulled over and fled on foot, Dwyer said.

The police officer lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a palm tree during the chase, and the suspect got away, Dwyer said.

The officer was taken to Regional Medical Center to be treated for a concussion and back pain, Dwyer said. He was later released.

A house-to-house search for the suspect yielded no results, and an investigation into his whereabouts is ongoing.

President Honors San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants will be in Washington, D.C. today to be honored at the White House by President Obama.

The President is recognizing the Giants for winning the 2012 World Series Championship as well as for the team's ongoing commitment to various causes in the community.

The Junior Giants program and an anti-bullying campaign are among the Giants' notable community efforts. The White House ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:05 a.m. PST.

Car Crash Victim Identified

A woman who was killed Sunday in an early morning crash in San Leandro has been identified as 57-year-old Lomia Faumuina, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Faumuina was the passenger in a vehicle that was struck head on in the 14500 block of Washington Boulevard at about 2:30 a.m., according to San Leandro police.

An officer had reported seeing a vehicle traveling at speeds up to 100 mph before hitting the victim's vehicle, police said.

Faumuina was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect's vehicle lit on fire after the driver was pulled out by first responders, police said.

The drivers of both vehicles were hospitalized and reported to be in serious condition. It was unknown if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash, which remains under investigation by San Leandro police.

Bay Area Weather Report

Mostly cloudy skies, patchy fog and drizzle are expected in the Bay Area this morning.

Highs are likely to be in the mid 50s to lower 60s, with southwest winds up to 20 mph. Mostly cloudy skies are expected this evening, with patchy fog and drizzle after midnight.

Lows are likely to be in the mid 50s, with southwest winds up to 20 mph. Mostly cloudy skies, patchy fog and drizzle are likely Monday morning. Highs are expected to be in the 50s to mid 60s, with southwest winds up to 15 mph.


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