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Suspects In San Jose Police Shootout, Robberies Tied To Carjacking, Homicide

The San Jose Police Officers Association offered a $10,000 reward Sunday for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a crime spree that resulted in the murder of a San Jose man and the shooting of an officer.

One suspect, San Jose resident Jonathan Wilbanks, 26, is in custody in connection with the series of robberies, a homicide and a shootout with police, but a second suspect remains at large.

Police say Wilbanks and his accomplice committed four robberies on Friday, starting with a Little Caesars Pizza on the 2800 block of Story Road at 7:25 p.m.

They allegedly hit a gas station on the 1000 block of E. Capitol Expressway at 7:40 p.m., a Jack on the Box on the 600 block of Curtner Avenue at 8:43 p.m., and a spa on the 1400 block of Bird Avenue at 8:58 p.m.

Minutes later, the suspects allegedly tried to carjack San Jose resident Rory Parkpettiford, 22, in the parking lot of a 7-11 store on the 400 block of South Kiely Boulevard.

Parkpettiford was shot during the attempted carjacking, and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Police intercepted the pair around 9:13 p.m., after two police officers spotted the suspect vehicle on U.S. Highway 101 near Interstate Highway 280.

The suspects exchanged shots with police at Tully Road and Lanai Avenue before eventually crashing on Cunningham Avenue.

Police took Wilbanks, who suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds during the shootout, into custody after a foot pursuit and search. He was arrested on suspicion of murder, two counts of attempted murder, four counts of robbery, burglary and auto theft.

The injured officer has since been treated for two gunshot wounds and released.

Oakland Port Workers Plan 24-Hour Strike Over Contract Talks

Port workers who say they have gone 16 months without a new contract plan to go on strike Monday and Tuesday in Oakland.

The Service Employees International Union 1021 has announced plans for a 24-hour strike starting Monday at 9 p.m.

The strike will kick off Monday night at Oakland International Airport's Terminal 1 at 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, picketers will target both the airport and the port.

The strike comes at a time when port officials are already under scrutiny.

Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar Benjamin announced his retirement last week following an investigation into alleged improper expenditures, including public money spent at a strip club in Houston, Texas.

For further strike details, go to www.seiu1021.org/node/35122.

Man Fatally Shot Saturday Evening In Menlo Park Identified

A 42-year-old man who was fatally shot in Menlo Park on Saturday evening has been identified as Carey Cudlip, of Newark, according to the San Mateo County coroner's office.

Cudlip was in his vehicle in the 300 block of Ivy Drive when police responded to several reports of gunfire at about 6:30 p.m., according to Menlo Park police.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and seeing two people fleeing the area. One was seen running north on Ivy Drive and the other was running west on Modoc Avenue, police said.

Supervisor Committee To Discuss Muni Reliability Problem On Monday

A public hearing to discuss reliability problems with the San Francisco Municipal Railway system is scheduled to take place at City Hall on Monday.

Supervisor Scott Wiener said the hearing will cover Muni's lack of reliability, lack of adequate maintenance, and need for increased investment, according to a statement from Wiener's office.

"Muni's performance has deteriorated, including a 57.2% on-time rate in August, many missed runs, broken down vehicles and other problems that have undermined reliability," Wiener said.

Monday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors Government Accountability and Oversight Committee is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall Room 263.

Men In Ski Masks Pepper Spray Santa Cruz Jewelry Store Employees, Fail To Rob Store

Three men wearing black ski masks attempted to rob a jewelry store in Santa Cruz on Friday afternoon.

The men entered Dell Williams Jewelers at about 12:55 p.m. and tried to break into a display case, according to Santa Cruz police.

A fourth suspect was driving a black Audi A7 with paper dealership plates from Audi of Oakland, police said.

One of the suspects sprayed jewelry store employees with pepper spray while two other suspects tried to break the display case, police said.

The suspects were not successful in breaching the case, and they fled the scene in the Audi, which was waiting on Pacific Avenue.

Police received numerous reports of the car driving recklessly through downtown on the state Highway 1 bypass, police said.

The car was later found abandoned in the 100 block of Fern Street. Investigators contacted the Audi dealership in Oakland and discovered that the car had been missing from the lot for two days.

The employees exposed to pepper spray were treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The suspects were described as men between 20 and 25 years old with medium builds and dark complexion, all wearing baggy pants, and black ski masks over their faces.

Two of the suspects were wearing black hoodies, and the third suspect was wearing a gray hoodie. 

There was no description of the driver.

The incident was similar to recent robberies that occurred in San Carlos, Danville, Corte Madera and Campbell, police said.

Man's Body Pulled From San Francisco Bay Near Fort Baker

Authorities are trying to identify a body that was pulled from San Francisco Bay Sunday morning near Marin County.

The U.S. Coast Guard recovered the body of an adult man near Fort Baker just before 8 a.m., according to the Coast Guard.

No identification was found on the victim, and the authorities have not been able to match the man with any missing persons reports as of Sunday afternoon, the Coast Guard said.

There was no immediate information about how the victim died, according to the Coast Guard.

The case remains under investigation.

Carport, 3 Cars Torched In Early Morning North Oakland Fire

Firefighters extinguished a one-alarm blaze that torched a carport and three cars and threatened adjacent North Oakland homes early Sunday morning.

Fire crews were called around 4:50 a.m. to reports of a car fire between a house and an apartment building at the intersection of Market and 41st streets, Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Emon Usher said.

A few residents had already exited one of the buildings before firefighters arrived, and firefighters had to help residents living in the second floor of the apartment building exposed to the fire exit the building down a ladder, Usher said.

No injuries were reported.

The battalion chief said that the carport was fully engulfed in flames and three cars under the structure already damaged by the fire when he arrived on the scene.

A storage building behind the carport appeared to be only minimally damaged.

Fire and police investigators are looking into what caused the blaze.

San Francisco Bay Area Weather Report

Mostly cloudy skies are expected in the Bay Area today. Highs are likely to be in the mid 60s.

Mostly cloudy skies are likely tonight. Lows are expected to be in the lower 50s.

Mostly cloudy skies are likely on Tuesday, with a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs are expected to be in the mid 60s.

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