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Updated Police Log: Robbery While Jogging, No Charges Brought in Road Rage with Gun

Incidents of interest from the Alameda Police Department log, July 27-30.

UPDATE: The Alameda County District Attorney's office said Wednesday that due to insufficient evidence, no charges were brought in the case described below involving Arvid Ozolins. 

An Alameda man was arrested Friday, July 27, after he pulled out a handgun during a road rage confrontation, an Alameda Police Department spokesman said.

Arvid Ozolins, 64, was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a handgun "in the presence of motor vehicle occupants," Sgt. Wayland Gee said. The charge is a felony, specific to road rage and similar incidents, he said.

Gee said the incident began about 9 p.m. near the corner of Grand Street and Santa Clara Avenue. Ozolins was tailgating another vehicle, apparently annoyed because it was moving too slowly, Gee said. When the victims' vehicle stopped at an intersection, Ozolins passed it on the right, circled the block and came back to confront the two victims, he said.

Gee said Ozolins and the other driver, who got out of his vehicle, exchanged words before the gun was pulled out. The second victim remained in the front passenger seat during the incident, he said.

Robbery on Shoreline Drive

A woman jogger received minor injuries when she struggled with a robber in the 2300 block of Shoreline Drive about 7:20 p.m. on July 28, Gee said.

The woman was running and listening to music on her iPhone when a man tried to grab the phone from her hand, Gee said. The victim was knocked to the ground during the struggle, while the robber fled on foot with the phone, he said.

The robber was described as a thin black male adult in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall, wearing a horizontally striped hoodie and baggy jeans.

Suspect Injured During Arrest

Jeffrey G. Navarro, 42, was taken to Alameda Hospital for treatment of injuries he received when hit with a police baton while resisting arrest on July 27, Gee said.

Gee said some Alameda police officers were in the Bridgeside Shopping Center at Blanding Avenue and Fernside Boulevard when they noticed Navarro, whom they recognized from previous contact. A few minutes laters, employees at the Verizon Wireless store in the center reported that a man had just shoplifted a Bluetooth headset and a phone charger. The employees' description matched Navarro, Gee said.

The officers located Navarro, who resisted arrest, Gee said. Navarro also had two active arrest warrants outstanding, he said.

Burglary Tools and Electronic Gear

Police responded to a report of a suspicious person "pacing around" in the 2700 block of Otis Drive about 10:50 p.m. on July 29. An officer located a man matching the description provided, who gave a false name, Gee said.

The man was identified as Danny K. McCullough, 36, a transient parolee, Gee said. McCullough had a large amount of electronic items and burglary tools in his possession, Gee said.

McCullough was arrested and booked at the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Center in Oakland, Gee said.

First One Car, Then Another

A thief stole a car from the 2300 block of Shoreline Drive about 6 p.m. on July 30, drove to the other side of the South Shore Center and broke into a second vehicle, Gee said. The thief broke a window on the second vehicle and took a laptop computer and cellphone before driving off in the stolen car, he said.

Burglary and Theft

A painting was stolen from a storage area in an apartment building in the 2000 block of Central Avenue.

Someone cut a chain lock and stole a bicycle from the 1800 block of Nason Street on July 29. The next day, a woman saw a young man walk onto her front porch in the 1700 block of Union Street and steal a bicycle before driving off in a white Ford pickup truck. Also on July 30, a bike was stolen from a storage complex in the 1900 block of Sherman Street.

Vehicle Incidents

Vehicles were stolen from the 2900 block of Southwood Drive on July 27; the 2100 block of Buena Vista Avenue on July 29; and the 600 block of Santa Clara Avenue and the 2300 block of Buena Vista Avenue on July 30.

A motorcycle was reported stolen from a driveway in the 1700 block of Union Street on July 29. Another motorcycle was taken from the 2100 block of Clinton Avenue on July 28.

A woman was placed under citizen's arrest after she threw a cement block onto a man's vehicle in the 1700 block of Buena Vista Ave. on July 27, police said.

A vandal cracked a vehicle's windshield in the 2400 block of Shoreline Drive on July 28.

On July 30, someone broke a window of a vehicle parked in the 1700 block of Central Avenue and stolen a backpack.

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virgo August 01, 2012 at 03:39 PM
people really need to chill out. i've had people tailgate me when i was driving 30mph. it's alameda and i'm not going to go faster than that unless it's one of the few streets with a 35mph limit. if you tailgate me, i'll probably slow down a little bit. if you don't like it, there are other streets you can use that have 2 lanes in each direction so you can pass people who are going slower than you'd like to go. i've been behind cars who are going 20mph. instead of tailgating them, i just go to a different street. no need to get pissy about it. as for the stolen laptop, who leaves a laptop in their car? even if you're only going to be gone for a few minutes, that's a stupid thing to do.
amy August 01, 2012 at 05:19 PM
My boyfriend and I were on our way to South Shore from Regent trying to turn on Otis. There was a lot of traffic and was slowing down. My boyfriend stopped and the stop sign and then stuck the nose out to see if someone was coming. A guy pulls up passed us and yells that hes going to kill us. Really dude. Youre going to kill us because we cant see around parked cars at a stop sign. People need relax.
JeffreyRSmith August 01, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Grand theft was reported by Community Watchdog Michele Ellson on the evening of July 27 at 2200 Central Avenue. The reported hoist was conducted in full view of a sparse bevy of community members and, ironically, the full contingent of the local school board. The alleged mega larceny took place during a meeting at the Kofman Auditorium. The bag-persons gained entrance to the meeting via a ruse: posing as persons interested in supporting public education in Alameda. Heroically, Trustee Trish Spencer tried to foil the heist but was subdued by befuddled on-lookers and a complicit fifth column who claimed the expropriation was legitimate. Approximately $5.5 million was diverted from AUSD coffers. The money, to be taken in bite-sized chunks of $552,000 per year, was misappropriated under the deep cover of summer vacation, Friday evening activity schedules and possibly civic apathy and nescience, and misplaced trust. . . . to be continued
JeffreyRSmith August 01, 2012 at 06:20 PM
When reminded that the meeting was scheduled for 6:00 p.m. one person at the scene was mystified, “Six o’clock? People are eating at six o’clock? This is America for Pete’s sake. So what time do they go to bed?” The money, although marked for public education use only, will be difficult to recover given the inside, covert, surreptitious nature of the theft. As pointed out by the sleuthing Trish Spencer, security cameras were not present at the crime scene because the meeting, to comply with the letter and but NOT the spirit of transparency, was at a location beyond the pale of video recording equipment. As one commentator observed, “This is another example of authority trumping responsibility.” Sadly and incongruously, the theft comes at a difficult time given that California is gripped by a gnawing recession, plagued by high unemployment and underemployment and is host to a depressed housing market. . . . to be continued
JeffreyRSmith August 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM
California is currently staring down the barrel of a $16 billion deficit and is almost certain to curtail spending on California school districts including AUSD. MS Spencer strongly suspects that the loot will be transferred to an on-shore account in Alameda, in the tony licks of Marina Village—a veritable Palace of Versailles—given the state of the California Economy and some of the facilities within the AUSD fiefdom. Allegations that seismic extortion may have played into the caper were also reported; ransom notes citing “the building will pancake” helped grease the skids and boost the urgency for the hoist. The de facto hold-up was essentially conducted under the rhetorical device known as the forced dichotomy: give us the money for better licks NOW and no one will get hurt. Given that few have sensed enormity in the expropriation it is unlikely that the white collar mystery will be solved within the next four years. Public outrage is subdued and confined to only those familiar with the case. As Cato used to observe: “Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur.”
Cecile Costa August 01, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Gun-waving driver too close to my Santa Clara / Grand St. home for comfort. PLEASE throw the book at the jerk. His 2nd amendment rights should be flushed for good.
Michael August 01, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Speeding has become the norm in Alameda. Enforcement seems to have dropped in recent years. Smartphone robberies are taking place everywhere. The users are often absorbed with their expensive devices and are easy prey.
joel August 01, 2012 at 06:47 PM
It could actually be easy to recover , simply take the assets of the "thieves" ......
Carol Parker August 02, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Putting on your emergency flashers, but maintaining your speed, will sometimes wake up tail-gaters and get them to back off. The problem with slowing down is you risk getting rear-ended if they are too close.
Lisbeth Allen August 02, 2012 at 05:20 PM
So Mr. Ozolins wasn't charged? Really? So now he's wandering the streets of Alameda free to do what he wants, until the next time he gets mad. Just be careful who you call to fix your plumbing. I guess Angie's list doesn't rate for violence in plumbers.
Erica Kane August 03, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Jenna, I'm confused as to what he should be charged with? All of the so called "charges" were alleged;claims from the "victim". I am confident that had the D.A. found enough evidence against Mr. Ozolins, charges would have been pursued, obviously the D.A. chose to not press charges because there was NO evidence....it's all hear-say. Before you go off making defamatory, libelous statements against a person...essentially attacking their character and business, you should get your facts straight. "Alleged" and "Suspision" written in a story do not equal guilty!

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