Since San Leandro Patch launched on Dec. 28, 2010, there have been a number of high profile crimes committed in the city, including three murders, and two attempted murders (one in unincorporated San Leandro). Just before Patch launched, a man was accused of molesting a child at Walmart.
Here’s an update on the status of those cases, and some interesting details from the court files accessed at the Hayward Hall of Justice on Tuesday, March 29.
Carlyle Villazon, the man accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl at the Davis Street Walmart on Dec. 10, 2010, is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on April 22. He is charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child and aggravated sexual assault with a child, among other related charged.
Villazon pleaded not guilty to the charges on Feb. 16. Villazon’s bail is set at $210,000.
Kevin Arbuckle, the man of his housemate, Angie Brown, on Dec. 26, 2010, is scheduled to enter a plea in court on May 20. Arbuckle is charged with premeditated attempted murder and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle.
The shooting happened outside of the apartment shared by Arbuckle and Brown on the 1500 block of 159th Avenue in unincorporated San Leandro, apparently following an argument between the two, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. According to sheriff's deputies, Arbuckle shot Brown while she was sitting in a vehicle in the driveway with three other people. The victim survived.
According to court documents, Arbuckle surrendered to sheriff’s deputies shortly after the shooting and confessed to shooting Brown.
Scott Roberts, the man Paul Meyer on Feb. 23, 2011, in the 1300 block of Lillian Avenue is scheduled to enter a plea on April 29.
According to court documents, Roberts was seen fleeing the scene of the crime, Meyer’s girlfriend’s house, with a bloody shirt and knife. He was detained by police, and when handcuffed, Roberts spontaneously stated, “It was self defense, he was bigger than me, I just wanted cut him at first, then he started bleeding all over,” according to police.
Before the victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital, he declared that “Scott” was the person who had stabbed him, court records show.
Eric Ericson, the Milpitas man in a shooting at the Hesperian Boulevard Walmart on March 11, 2011, is scheduled to enter a plea on April 1. Ericson is charged with the attempted murder of David Wayne Robinett Jr. of San Leandro and his friend Matthew Adam Madeyski. Ericson is also charged with unlawful transportation of marijuana.
According to the case file, on Friday, March 11, at about 9 p.m., Ericson arranged to meet the victim, Robinett, in San Leandro so he could sell him a half-pound of marijuana.
Robinett and his friend Madeyski met and spoke with Ericson, according to a police document. Madeyski then grabbed the plastic bag filled with marijuana from Ericson’s vehicle, and ran with Robinett without paying Ericson, the document says.
Ericson chased after them and fired a handgun, striking Robinett in the neck once, according to the police document. Robinett's jaw was broken broke but he survived. Ericson fled the scene shortly after the shooting and was later arrested at his home in Milpitas.
The three parties involved and Ericson’s vehicle were all captured on Walmart’s security video. Some of the marijuana was also recovered at the scene.
Christel Johnson, the woman in the death of her 8-year-old, severely disabled daughter, is scheduled to enter a plea on April 12. A court-appointed attorney Tuesday requested that Johnson be allowed to see a doctor at Santa Rita Jail, as she is apparently suffering from some physical problems, he said. Judge Gary Picetti consented.
Court documents confirmed that Johnson was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after a caregiver found her and her daughter, Lylah, in their garage with the car running and a hose leading from the exhaust pipe to the inside of the car. The caregiver found Johnson lying on the floor of the garage outside the car; the girl was found inside the car and was unresponsive.
According to the case file, while at the hospital following the incident, hospital staff and police officers overheard Johnson make several comments indicating that she planned to kill her daughter and then commit suicide.
There are still no suspects in the city’s , which happened on Jan. 17 on the 14800 block of East 14th Street. In that case, Roy Benson, 24, of San Leandro, was found shot dead on the street in the early morning.
Lt. Tudor of the San Leandro Police Department said investigators haven’t had much cooperation from potential witnesses, and that the incident appeared to be gang-related.