--WEEKEND SIDESHOW TOWS, OFFICER INJURIES, AND ARRESTS--
In the early morning hours of September 23, 2018, large-scale "sideshow" activity occurred at multiple locations throughout East Oakland. The event was advertised on social media and encouraged people from areas primarily outside of Oakland to come to the area for sideshow. Hundreds of vehicles and several hundred pedestrians came that night.
Sideshow activity occurred at the following locations:
-Fruitvale Ave & International Blvd
-42nd Ave & Coliseum Way (880 Freeway area)
-High St & MacArthur Blvd
-Hegenberger Rd & Edes Ave
-14th Ave & E 12th St
-106th Ave & Foothill Blvd
At the majority of the above locations, numerous rocks and glass bottles were thrown at officers. Several patrol vehicles were struck with objects, and one officer was struck on the face with a rock in the area of 42nd Ave & Oakport St. The officer sustained minor injuries.
At several of the locations, numerous rounds of gunfire were fired by sideshow crowd members. Given the violent nature of the crowds, chemical munitions were deployed at some of the above locations.
At 42nd Ave & Coliseum Way, numerous rocks and bottles were thrown at officers. Additionally, numerous rounds of gunfire, including fully-automatic gunfire, were fired by crowd members. Officers gave repeated dispersal orders to the crowd before moving in.
After the dispersal orders, over 85 vehicles were towed at this location for aiding & abetting sideshow activity and/or reckless driving. Of these, only 5 vehicles were from Oakland. The majority of these tows included 30-Day Holds.
Over 60 of the vehicles were registered outside of Alameda County, and came from areas such as Stockton, Modesto, Richmond, and even as far as Los Angeles. Multiple other vehicles were also towed at other locations.
In addition to the tows, the two following arrests were made in the area of 106th Ave & Foothill Blvd:
-As officers were moving in on a sideshow crowd to conduct enforcement action, a pickup truck attempted to flee from the area. The driver swerved towards officers, and intentionally struck a patrol vehicle containing an officer, causing minor injury.
When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the truck fled from officers, nearly struck pedestrians associated with sideshow, and struck other parked sideshow vehicles before the driver attempted to flee on foot.
The suspect, Angel Garibay-Vargas, 24, of Oakland, was captured by officers and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, felony evasion from a peace officer, and hit-and-run. Additionally, he was on probation, and was arrested for a probation violation. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office has charged the case.
-As officers were moving in on a sideshow crowd to conduct enforcement action, a red Mustang attempted to flee from officers but was stuck in a crowd of other sideshow vehicles. The driver repeatedly rammed these other vehicles to create room to get away.
The driver maneuvered his way out, ignored officers' commands to stop, drove the wrong way, and got stuck behind another crowd of sideshow vehicles. Officers caught up to the driver, who refused commands to exit the vehicle. Officers were able to force him out of the vehicle and arrest him.
The suspect, Angel Vazquez, 21, of Antioch, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and reckless driving. He was later charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for evading a peace officer, reckless driving, and driving while unlicensed.
We commend our officers for their hard work under such challenging conditions, and we are glad that our two injured officers had only minor injuries. We also thank our partners at CHP – Oakland, CHP - Golden Gate Division Air Operations, and Alameda County Sheriff's Office for their assistance that night.
If you come to Oakland for sideshow activity, you can be arrested and your vehicle can be towed with a 30-Day Hold for just aiding and abetting a sideshow.
Additionally, if you drive recklessly in Oakland and are not stopped that night, your car can still be towed with a 30-Day Hold pursuant to a seizure warrant the coming months. We have been utilizing this tactic.
We will continue staffing Sideshow details and reaching out to our regional partnering agencies for assistance.