Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 651 Pine St, 7th Floor, Martinez, 94553 CA
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Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office is located at 651 Pine St, 7th Floor, Martinez, 94553 CA. The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office phone number is 925-335-1500.

Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office News

Mass Shooting in Thousand Oaks Ventura County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Ron Helus was killed last night in the line of duty as he entered the Borderline Bar & Grill to stop an active shooter. A total of 13 people, including the suspect, were killed. The Contra Costa Sheriff's Office sends its deepest condolences to Sgt. Helus' family, colleagues, and friends. We are also thinking of the families of the victims and public safety personnel who responded to the shooting. Our hearts are with you.

Siren Team Award Congratulations to the recipients of the Siren Team Award at the recent Contra Costa EMS Survivors' Reunion luncheon on Walnut Creek. The event reunites individuals who experienced near-fatal incidents with the first responders, medical professionals and bystanders who played a significant role in their survival. Office of the Sheriff Dispatchers and Deputy Sheriffs were involved in two incidents where bystanders performed CPR on a person who suffered a heart attack. The Siren Team Award recognizes a team of individuals from one or multiple agencies who performed exceptional or heroic actions or exemplary teamwork in saving or attempting to save the life of another. Nominees displayed exceptional heroism or faced substantial risk to their own life in saving or attempting to save the life of another.

Stolen Vehicle Suspect Leads Deputy Sheriffs on a Pursuit This afternoon at about 2:55 PM, a Deputy Sheriff located a stolen vehicle on westbound Highway 4 at Bailey Road. The Deputy started following the vehicle, but did not attempt to stop it. The vehicle suddenly sped away, leading the Deputy on a pursuit. The Deputy terminated the pursuit because of the suspect's reckless driving and the successful deployment of the StarChase GPS tracking technology. The vehicle traveled at high speeds on Highway 4, Highway 242 and I-680 for approximately 15 miles before being located a second time by Deputy Sheriffs in the area of I-680 and Stone Valley Road. The vehicle exited Stone Valley Road leading Deputies on a pursuit again. The suspect vehicle crashed at the intersection of Danville Boulevard and Orchard Court, where it struck a Sheriff’s Office radar trailer and came to rest in the parking lot of a business. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody at that time. He is identified as 24-year-old Darryl Maiale, the only occupant in the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital as a precaution. He will be booked at the Martinez Detention Facility for charges that include vehicle theft, felony evading, possession of stolen property, and resisting arrest.

Hiring Sheriff's Dispatcher I Contra Costa County is accepting applications for Sheriff's Dispatcher I. The closing date is this Friday, November 9, 2018, 11:59 PM. Please go to the link below to view the job description. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/contracosta/jobs/2257517/sheriffs-dispatcher-i?page=5&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs'

Update on In Custody Death at the Martinez Detention Facility The investigation into the in custody death is ongoing. Per the in custody fatal incident protocol, the investigation is being conducted by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Sheriff. On Saturday, November 3, 2018, at about 11:27 PM, Deputy Sheriffs in the intake area of the Martinez Detention Facility were alerted to a medical situation in a holding room. Deputies found an inmate unresponsive and called for medical personnel at MDF to respond. Deputies and medical staff immediately performed CPR on the inmate. An ambulance and the fire department were also called and responded. The inmate was later pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as 26-year-old Karthik Kandaswamy of San Ramon. He was arrested by the San Ramon Police Department earlier on Saturday, November 3, 2018, for battery and resisting arrest.

Update on Officer Involved Shooting in Danville The investigation into yesterday's officer involved shooting in Danville continues. Per the county officer-involved protocol, this incident is being jointly investigated by the Danville Police Department, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, and D.A.'s Office. The findings of the investigation will ultimately be presented at a Coroner's inquest, a public hearing where a jury determines the manner of death. On Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 11:03 AM, Danville Police Officers responded to a call from a citizen of a suspicious person near Cottage Lane and Laurel Drive in Danville. The citizen reported seeing a person exit his vehicle, walk toward several homes with bags in his hands, go back to his car and circle the neighborhood. Officers arrived on scene. The suspect ignored commands to stop and led officers on a pursuit. Twice during the pursuit, the suspect pulled over as if he was going to give up. As officers exited their cars, the suspect fled in his vehicle continuing to lead the officers in a pursuit. At the intersection of Front Street and Diablo Road, the suspect steered his vehicle toward an officer and accelerated his vehicle. The officer was in immediate fear that he was going to be run over by the suspect's vehicle and fired his weapon at the driver of the vehicle. The suspect was shot and transported to the San Ramon Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased. The suspect is identified as 33-year-old Laudemer Arboleda of Newark. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. The officer who discharged his weapon in the officer involved shooting is Deputy Sheriff Andrew Hall. He has been with the Office of the Sheriff for 5 years. He is currently assigned to the contract city of Danville. Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

In Custody Death at Martinez Detention Facility On Saturday, November 3, 2018, at about 11:27 PM, Deputy Sheriffs in the intake area of the Martinez Detention Facility were alerted to a medical situation in a holding room. Deputies found an inmate unresponsive and called for medical personnel at MDF to respond. Deputies and medical staff immediately performed CPR on the inmate. An ambulance and the fire department were also called and responded. The inmate was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The identity of the 26-year-old man is not being released at this time. The investigation into this death is ongoing. Per the in custody fatal incident protocol, the investigation is being conducted by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Sheriff.

Press briefing by Danville Police Chief Allan Shields on officer involved shooting in Danville this morning.

Officer involved shooting in Danville This morning at about 11:03, Danville Police Officers responded to a report from a citizen of a suspicious person near Cottage Lane and Laurel Drive in Danville. As officers arrived, the suspect fled, leading officers on a pursuit. At the intersection of Front Street and Diablo Road, the suspect attempted to run over an officer, who fired his weapon at the vehicle. The suspect was shot and transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. The suspect is not being identified at this time. The officer sustained a minor injury. The county officer-involved protocol has been invoked. This incident is being jointly investigated by the Danville Police Department, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, and D.A.'s Office. More details are pending

Sheriff’s Dispatcher I position will open for applications next week, November 5 – 9, 2018. Please check here next week for a link for information on the position or go to the Contra Costa County Career Pages: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/contracosta

Suspect in Attempted Murder in Unincorporated Oakley Dies UPDATE: Nov. 2, 2018, 2:10 PM. The suspect is identified as 34-year-old Michael Hernandez of Oakley. The autopsy was completed today. The cause of death is pending the results of toxicology tests. FROM Nov. 1, 2018: The suspect in an attempted murder/domestic violence incident in unincorporated Oakley early Tuesday morning, October 30, 2018, was pronounced deceased at the hospital yesterday. The 34-year-old Oakley resident is not being identified. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. On Tuesday, at about 3:26 AM, Delta Station Deputy Sheriffs responded to a report of a female screaming for help on the 3500 block of Wells Road in unincorporated Oakley. One person reported seeing a naked man holding an infant. The man was struggling with a female for control of the infant. Additional callers reported the female had passed the infant over to them and they had secured the infant in a nearby condominium. The female continued to struggle with the male, who was attempting to throw her off of the balcony. Four neighbors arrived and were able to control the male after a struggle. The female fled to safety. Deputies arrived on scene seeing a person on the ground who was being held down by others. After securing the person in handcuffs, Deputies found that he was unresponsive. Deputies unhandcuffed the person and began CPR. AMR arrived on scene and performed life-saving measures for approximately 10 minutes. The man was transported to a local hospital. The infant was also taken to the hospital as a precaution. The investigation is ongoing. This case is being investigated as an officer-involved incident. Per the officer-involved protocol, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Sheriff are jointly investigating this incident. Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

Discovery Bay Halloween Parade Office of the Sheriff Deputy Sheriffs and staff from Delta Station and Discovery Bay as well as Crime Prevention Speciaiists took part in yesterday's Halloween parade in Discovery Bay. Hundreds of children walked through the shopping center at Riverlake Road and Discovery Bay Boulevard for this annual event. Everyone who took part had a blast, the costumes were great, and the children walked away with many goodies! The Office of the Sheriff has an annex at the shopping center. We are proud to be a part of the Discovery Bay community.

Prescription Drug Take Back Thank you to all those who participated in the Take Back event on Saturday. The Office of the Sheriff collected 395 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs at multiple locations. The Take Back event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish at home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

CORONER’S INQUEST FINDING Sheriff-Coroner David O. Livingston announces that a Coroner’s Jury has reached a finding in the February 8, 2018 death of Lloyd Joseph Harris IV. The finding of the jury is that the death is - at the hands of another person, other than by accident. The Coroner’s Jury reached a verdict after hearing the testimony of witnesses called by the hearing officer, Matthew Guichard. A Coroner’s Inquest, which Sheriff-Coroner Livingston convenes in fatal incidents involving police officers, is a public hearing, during which a jury rules on the manner of a person’s death. Jury members can choose from the following four options when making their finding: -Accident -Suicide -Natural Causes -At the hands of another person, other than by accident.

Halloween/Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips · Have older kids take along two or more friends with them. If your child is 12 or younger, you or another trusted adult should go along. · If your child is old enough to go out alone, remind him/her to only stop at homes that are well-lit and stay in neighborhoods that are familiar to them. · Carry a flashlight at all times. · NEVER enter a person’s home or car for a treat. · Get to know the entire route you intend to follow, and agree upon a specific time to return home. · Stay on the sidewalks and only cross the street at intersections. · Make sure your child’s costume is flame resistant, allows for safe walking, is visible at night, and does not obstruct sight. Consider putting reflective tape on your child’s costume and bag to increase visibility. · Tell your child not to eat any treats until they return home. Then, inspect all treats and dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with. · If anyone bothers or approaches your child, remind your child to take 3 steps back, yell “NO!” loudly, and run away quickly. Tell them to seek out a group of trick-or-treaters accompanied by an adult and tell them what just occurred. Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. Please feel free to add your safety tips in the comments.

Attempted Murder in Unincorporated Oakley This morning at about 3:26, Delta Station Deputy Sheriffs responded to a report of a female screaming for help on the 3500 block of Wells Road in unincorporated Oakley. One person reported seeing a naked man holding an infant. The man was struggling with a female for control of the infant. Additional callers reported the female had passed the infant over to them and they had secured the infant in a nearby condominium. The female continued to struggle with the male, who was attempting to throw her off of the balcony. Four neighbors arrived and were able to control the male after a struggle. The female fled to safety. Deputies arrived on scene seeing a person on the ground who was being held down by others. After securing the person in handcuffs, Deputies found that he was unresponsive. Deputies unhandcuffed the subject and began CPR. AMR arrived on scene and performed life-saving measures for approximately 10 minutes. The subject was transported to a local hospital. The infant was also transported to the hospital as a precaution. The investigation is ongoing. The subject is not being identified at this time. Additional details are pending.

Office of the Sheriff Shuts Down Two Suspected Brothels in El Sobrante Responding to citizens' complaints about possible prostitution activity at two massage establishments in El Sobrante, Detectives from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) conducted several undercover operations, one at Country Costa Massage on the 4400 block of Appian Way and another at the We Spa on the 3900 block of San Pablo Dam Road. The operations confirmed that the establishments were brothels. SIU wrote search warrants for the two locations and executed them last Thursday, October 26, 2018. During the searches, evidence of illegal brothel activities was found at both locations. Cash was seized and seven arrests were made for Prostitution, Pimping, Pandering, and Conspiracy. All suspects were booked at the MDF. The investigation is ongoing.

Welcoming Our Devon and Cornwall Police Counterparts Recently the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff hosted some visitors from the Devon and Cornwall Police in England. They were in Contra Costa County for a short visit and received a tour of the Martinez Detention Facility, a K-9 demonstration and ride along. The group included Police Constable John Greathead, Detective Constable Vicky Hayman, Civilian Investigator Beck Metcalfe, Detective Constable Ange Thomas, Detective Inspector Andrea Kingdon, and Detective Constable Moira Hamilton. We were proud to host all of you and enjoyed meeting you!

Person Arrested for Indecent Exposure On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at approximately 12:17 p.m., the Lafayette Police Department received a call of a suspicious subject in the area of School Street and 1st Street, near Lafayette Elementary School. The citizen reported a male adult sitting in a vehicle touching his genitals while staring at children. The citizen provided a description of the subject and the vehicle as the subject drove away. Officers were able to locate the vehicle on eastbound Highway 24 prior to Pleasant Hill and conducted an enforcement stop. The driver was positively identified as the reported subject and was detained. Currently, there have been no reports of children seeing the subject and the citizen caller was an adult. The suspect is identified as 33 year old Franklin Rivera of Bay Point. He was later booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for indecent exposure. He is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Lafayette Police Detective Sergeant Rossberg at (925) 299-3234 or send an email to 94549tip@gmail.com.

National Prescription Drug TAKE BACK On Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 AM to 2 PM, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal at the following sites. The DEA cannot accept needles or sharps, only pills, patches, and liquids sealed in their original container. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. DROP OFF LOCATIONS: -Office of the Sheriff Muir Station, 1980 Muir Road, Martinez, CA. (Field Operations Building) -Office of the Sheriff Bay Station, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA. (West County Detention Facility) -Danville Police Department, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA. -Lafayette Police Department, 3471 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA. -Orinda Police Department, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish at home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control website at: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov.

Fall Citizen's Academy 2018 Thank you to the participants in the fall Citizen's Academy which recently completed. We appreciate all of you for spending time with the Office of the Sheriff for six weeks to learn about who we are and how we serve the community. All of our staff and instructors enjoyed meeting and talking to you. Please check our Facebook page for upcoming dates for the next Citizen's Academy.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2018 This month the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is showing its support of breast cancer awareness by taking part in the Pink Patch Project. You might catch some Deputy Sheriffs and other uniformed staff wearing Sheriff's Office patches with pink lettering. The patches will be worn through the end of the month. We are proud to show our support for this incredibly important issue. (Sorry, patches are not available to the public). Here more information, go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation website: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

ALL CLEAR has been given in Bay Point/Pittsburg. Evacuation order has been lifted. Please resume normal activities.

Evacuation Order is Still in Effect in Bay Point/Pittsburg Due to a gas leak, an evacuation has been ordered in Bay Point between Bailey Road and Loftus Lane and from the railroad tracks south to Hanlon Way. Red Cross has opened 2 shelters. Residents can go to: Calvary Temple Church, 4725 Evora Rd, Concord Los Medanos College, 2700 E Leland Rd, Pittsburg Take only those essential items you have ready and can carry with you. Pets must be in a carrier or on a leash. Lock your windows and doors as you leave. Stay off the phone unless you need to report a life-threatening emergency at your location. However, if you are physically unable to leave your home unassisted, call 9 1 1 for help.

Immediate Evacuation near Willow Pass Road and Pointsettia Lane in Bay Point due to a Gas Leak