A series of alcohol-related incidents — assault, sexual battery and others — kept Alameda police busy over the weekend, according to an Alameda Police Department spokesman.
The series kicked off late Friday evening when a man grabbed the buttocks of a young woman standing in line at AMF Southshore Lanes (formerly Mel's Bowl), 300 Park St., said APD Lt. Ted Horlbeck. The 19-year-old victim was able to identify the man and requested prosecution, Horlbeck said. Antonio Cruz Jr., 20, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and sexual battery and booked into the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in Oakland, he said.
About an hour later, after midnight on Sept. 15, four people were arrested following an altercation — reportedly with punches thrown — at the The Churchward Pub, 1515 Park St., Horlbeck said. A police officer saw a man leaving the pub with a cut on his hand, and when police tried to take the man and a male companion into custody, a woman in the group grabbed an officer in an attempt to free her friend, Horlbeck said. Two men and and two woman, Oakland and Hayward residents, were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and obstructing a police officer, he said.
Meanwhile, at the Island Paradise Club, 1436 Webster St., the same night, an altercation led to a non-fatal stabbing, Horlbeck said. The victim told police he was punched inside the club by two men after he apparently stepped on someone's foot. When the victim tried to leave, he told police, he was confronted by a group of men gathered outside the club, one of whom stabbed himin the upper rib cage area with a knife. The victim drove himself to a Kaiser medical facility in Oakland, where he was treated and released, Horlbeck said. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, he said.
On Saturday evening, Sept. 15, police responded to a report of a disturbance at Monkey King Pub & Grub, 1315 Park St. and found a group gathered outside the building, Horlbeck said. He said a pub employeed asked the group to come inside, then locked the front door and would not allow police to enter the building for several minutes, Horlbeck said. No arrests were made.
Man Uses Child to to Help with Robbery
A man in his early 20s accompanied by a boy and girl about 10 to 12 years old robbed a 58-year-old Alameda woman Sept. 15, Horlbeck said.
He said the man and children approached the woman between 9:30 and 10 p.m. near the intersection of Chapin Street and Buena Vista Avenue.
The man had a rag draped over one hand and told the victim that what was under the rag "would hurt her," Horlbeck said. The man then told one of the children to take the victim's purse and cellphone, and the group fled on foot with the stolen items, he said.
A resident of the 1700 block of Everett Street arrived home the morning of Sept. 15 after a night away and found a screen broken open, Horlbeck said. He said a computer monitor and television were stolen from the home.
A resident of the 100 block of Easter Lane arrived home Sept. 16 after a week-long trip to find her front door unlocked and jewelry missing from her home, Horlbeck said.
Both Alameda police and the U.S. Coast Guard responded when a sailboat ran aground in the Oakland Estuary near 1100 block of W. Redline Avenue the morning of Sept. 17, Horlbeck said.
He said a fence prevented the officer from reaching the boat and its passengers, but a Coast Guard crew was able to help five people disembark from the boat.
Thefts, Vehicle Crimes
Among other incidents reported to Alameda police:
Sept. 14: A locked vehicle was reported stolen from the 1800 block of Poggi Street.
Sept. 15: Someone stole saddlebags and the items they contained after attempting to steal a motorcycle by tampering with the ignition. The theft took place in the 2400 block of Shoreline Drive. The same day, someone cut a lock on a garage door in the 1300 block of Fountain Street and stole various items.
Sept. 17: A thief broke into a vehicle in the 900 block of Shoreline Court, and items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 2500 block of Lincoln Avenue. The same day, an unlocked bicycle was stolen from the 1400 block of Santa Clara Avenue.