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The Mean Streets of Walnut Creek

Downtown Walnut Creek

Yesterday a woman was shot in downtown Walnut Creek with looters targeting Broadway Plaza, Target and other stores according to SFGate, with a curfew in effect from 8pm to 5am each night through June 8th. I saw many shops being boarded up a few hours earlier including the Apple store, Main Street Kitchen & Bar, Williams-Sonoma, Zara, Camera West, Warby Parker, Sasa and elsewhere. The videos of the looters show how brazen they were. Unbelievable.

From the City of Walnut Creek:

Due to incidents of vandalism, theft and violence, the City of Walnut Creek has issued a curfew to be in effect overnight.

The City Manager, as Director of Emergency Services, imposed a citywide curfew through 5:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1. The curfew will be in place from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. each evening through Monday, June 8. It requires residents, visitors and workers within the City of Walnut Creek to stay indoors during those hours. Exemptions include public safety personnel, health care providers, people traveling to and from work, and media representatives.


Home Invasion Robbery in Lafayette’s Happy Valley

From the Contra Costa Sheriff:

On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at about 11:00 PM, Lafayette Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a home invasion robbery that happened on the 1100 block of Crestmont Drive in Lafayette.

The incident involved three suspects who were armed with a pistol. The suspects entered the residence through an open garage door. The suspects assaulted a male resident and then restrained both residents. The suspects went through the house, stealing valuables and personal items.

When the suspects left the home, they left both residents still restrained. It took the residents several hours before they were able to get free and call 9-1-1. The residents said that the suspects entered the home around 7:30 PM.

Both victims suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

Lafayette Police Investigations and the Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab responded, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Lafayette Police Department at (925) 283-3680 or (925) 299-3234. For any tips, email: or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.


5 Shot Dead at Airbnb Halloween Party on Lucille Way in Orinda

Photo by Flickr user textexin

Airbnb no longer allow “party houses” because of this incident. I checked the homicide rates of Lamorinda and this is the highest total I have seen in one year. Anyone know if this number has ever been surpassed in LAfayette, MOraga or OrINDA?

From the Contra Costa Sheriff Dept:

An additional victim from yesterday’s shooting in Orinda has been pronounced deceased at a local hospital. She is identified as 19-year-old Oshiana Tompkins of Vallejo/Hercules.

There are now a total of five fatalities in this shooting.

The Orinda Police Department and the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff continue to investigate a shooting that occurred on the 100 block of Lucille Way in Orinda on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at about 10:50 PM.

Orinda Police Officers, along with law enforcement officers from throughout the county, arrived on scene and found a house party with over 100 attendees. The party-goers apparently came from throughout the Bay Area for the Halloween event, which was advertised on social media. The party took place in a home that was found on a short-term rental website.

Arriving Officers found a highly chaotic scene that included gunshot victims, injured party-goers, and numerous people fleeing the scene. Officers triaged the victims, cleared the location for safety and safeguarded the crime scene. Law enforcement officers found three gunshot victims who were later pronounced deceased at the scene. Another died at the hospital.

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Man Arrested using Camera to Record up Girl’s Dress at Broadway Plaza Apple Store

From Walnut Creek PD:

Jacques Bloxham was arrested yesterday for PC 647(j)(2) – using a camera device to secretly record the undergarments of another person, and PC 647.6 – annoying or molesting a child under 18 years.

On 04/21/2019 around 3:00 p.m., Bloxham was inside the Walnut Creek Apple store. He had placed a camera on the top of his shoe and moved his shoe so that the camera was under a female juvenile’s dress. The juvenile’s father saw what was happening and immediately told Bloxham to stop. Bloxham ran away from the Apple store but was pursued by a customer. Walnut Creek officers were able to catch Bloxham nearby and he was arrested shortly thereafter. A search of Bloxham’s car was conducted pursuant to his arrest. Cameras and recording devices were located and seized, including the one from the top of his shoe.

Walnut Creek Police Detectives request that if you have any information pertaining to this case that you contact Detective Gerstner at 925-256-3578.


Man Arrested for Child Pornography in Moraga

From the Moraga PD:

On November 28, 2018, the Moraga Police Department, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, along with other task force investigators, served a search warrant at a residence on San Pablo Court in Moraga. Investigators were acting on a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a person at the residence was in possession of child pornography.

The investigation, including interviews and evidence collected at the scene, revealed that Ruben Nicholas Diaz, 21, who was currently living in Moraga, was in possession of hundreds of images of Child Pornography on multiple electronic devices. Diaz was arrested following the search warrant and booked at the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez on a felony charge of possession of child pornography. Diaz’s bail was set at $100,000.

Moraga Police were assisted by investigators from the Contra Costa County Distric t Attorney’s Office, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the United States Secret Service, all of whom participate in the ICAC Task Force.

The investigation into this incident is continuing. Anyone with information about this incident or suspect is asked to contact Corporal William Davis at 925-888-7161 or via e-mail at


Toddler Left in Car in Moraga Died Yesterday

NBC Bay Area news reported that an 18th month old toddler left in a car yesterday in Moraga has died.

From the article:

Investigators have determined the child was inadvertently left in a vehicle Tuesday afternoon for an extended period of time by a family member, according to the Moraga Police Department. Police said it was about 80 degrees outside when officers arrived on scene.


Theft at New Apple Store in Walnut Creek

From the Walnut Creek PD:

On August 25, 2018, at approximately 5:40 P.M., four suspects entered the Apple store in Broadway Plaza. Within seconds, the four suspects ripped several Apple IPhones and Apple laptop computers from security tethers and then ran out of the store with the merchandise. The suspects fled the scene in a black Mercedes SUV (5XRS835 CA). The suspects were described as black males, unknown age, and had sweatshirts on with the hoods up and cinched around their faces. There were no weapons involved, no injuries to customers, and the dollar loss was approximately $30,000.00.

If anyone has information regarding this crime, please contact Officer Villa at 925-943-5899 ext. 7905.


Lewd Act committed on Walnut Creek Free Trolley Last Week


From the Walnut Creek PD:

On 02/06/2018 at 1:00 PM, while riding the Walnut Creek Free Trolley (County Connection bus Route 4), a male suspect seated across from a female passenger exposed his penis and committed a lewd act. As the bus arrived at the Walnut Creek BART station, the female passenger reported the incident to the County Connection driver who immediately called the police. The suspect exited the bus at the BART station before he could be detained.

If you recognize or can help identify the suspect, please contact Detective A. Mitcalf at (925) 943-5870.


Attempted Sexual Assault Yesterday Afternoon at Iron Horse Trail in Walnut Creek

From the East Bay Regional Park District:

On Thursday January 11th, 2018, at approximately 6:15 PM, the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department received a call from the Walnut Creek Police Department regarding an attempted sexual assault that occurred on the Iron Horse Trail just south of Newell Avenue in Walnut Creek. East Bay Regional Park District Police Department responded to the area and immediately began searching for the suspect along with WCPD. A police K9 was utilized but was unsuccessful in locating the assailant.
According to the adult female victim, about 5:30 PM, she was walking from the Broadway Plaza area when a black male adult approached her from behind and assaulted her. Based on the suspect’s actions and comments, it was clear he intended to sexually assault and/or physically harm the victim. The suspect then
suddenly fled the area for an unknown reason, running northbound on S. Broadway. The victim was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries and the suspect should be considered possibly armed and dangerous.

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