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Man Shot In Castro Valley Tried To Kill San Leandro Woman, Authorities Say

Leonard Collins, who was shot by deputies, has been charged with murder for trying to murder a San Leandro woman who bought meth with counterfeit money.

Bay City News — after he allegedly tried to run them over was charged Thursday with attempted murder stemming from an incident in San Leandro last month.

, is still at , where he is being treated for gunshot wounds and dog bites he sustained when he was arrested.

According to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, the attempted murder charge against Collins stems from an incident on May 2.

On that day, he and his wife, 34-year-old Nina Silva, went to the Ashland Village Apartments at 1120 Kentwood Lane in San Leandro to confront a woman who had given them counterfeit money when they sold her methamphetamine three weeks earlier.

According to a probable cause declaration by sheriff's Detective Ricardo Gonzales that was filed in court, Silva punched the victim, Carli Schenck, twice and Collins shot her in the right arm.

Schenck told investigators that on the day she bought methamphetamine from Collins and Silva with counterfeit money, Collins realized the money was fake and chased after her but his handgun fell on the ground.

Schenck said the purchase was made near her apartment complex, and that she continued running until she made it inside her apartment and locked the door, authorities said.

In addition to attempted murder, Collins is charged with shooting at an inhabited dwelling, attempted first-degree residential robbery, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Collins also is accused of having five prior felony convictions, which could add to his prison term if he's convicted.

The District Attorney's Office alleges that he has three prior convictions for unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, one conviction for second-degree commercial burglary and one conviction for evading an officer.

Silva is charged with attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, attempted first-degree residential robbery and assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

She was arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court today and is scheduled to return to court on Friday to finalize her legal representation and possibly enter a plea.

Nelson said deputies attempted to arrest Collins at about 4 p.m. Tuesday near Queen Street and Grove Way in Castro Valley but when Collins saw them he jumped in a car and drove toward them.

Nelson said the deputies fired shots at the car and struck Collins but he continued to drive about a half mile before he ditched the car and ran away.

Residents told deputies that Collins was hiding under a deck at a home near Ravenwood Place and Center Street.

The deputies ordered Collins to come out and when he did not comply they sent a sheriff's dog after him and the dog found him and bit him in his head and arm before he was taken into custody, according to Nelson.

About a week ago deputies tried to arrest Collins but he led them on a high-speed chase, Nelson said.

According to Nelson, in that chase Collins was driving in the wrong direction at 90 mph near Oakland International Airport.

District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said her office hasn't yet filed charges for the incident on Tuesday because it's still reviewing the sheriff's office's reports on the matter.

Marga Lacabe June 08, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Who needs Breaking Bad when you have the Patch?
Berrymore June 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
He'll probably get 3 months in jail. 4 months if he took a picture of the scene with his cell.
Lisa June 11, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Tom, any update on the loser that was shot? I'm guessing if counterfiet money was involved there is probably identity theft in the mix also.

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