An alleged gang member who police say pointed a gun at a couple and tried to fire it during an attempted armed robbery near an Alameda dance studio was arrested Dec. 18 at his Oakland home.
Alejandro Mendoza, 27, had been wanted in connection with the Nov. 8 incident that took place near the 1400 block of Park Street, police said.
About midnight, a couple who had just left a dance studio saw a man with a gun and ran to their vehicle, police said. But the suspect approached them before they could close the vehicle's passenger-side door, leaned into the vehicle and demanded items from them, police said.
The suspect then pointed the gun at one of the victim's heads and began pulling the trigger. But the gun did not discharge, so police say the driver sped away, knocking the suspect to the ground.
Police arrived, and officers checked the area for the suspect but did not find him. They later learned the suspect had been in the nearby La Penca Azul restaurant, where police say he pulled out a semi-automatic pistol, pointed it at the ceiling and then pulled the trigger several times.
The gun did not go off due to a malfunction, and no one was injured. A subsequent investigation led detectives to Mendoza, who police say is a known gang member with a criminal history.
THURSDAY, DEC. 19 DRUG PARAPHERNALIA -- A traffic stop at Park Street and Otis Drive led to the arrest of a man and woman about 1 a.m. after both were found in possession of narcotics paraphernalia, police said. The woman, 41, lied about her identity to avoid being taken into custody on two warrants, including one that accuses her of a felony, plus she was driving with a suspended license, police said. The 60-year-old man was also wanted on an misdemeanor warrant. VEHICLE THEFT -- Vehicles were reported stolen at 12:10 p.m. in the 600 block of Fortress Isle; about 3:35 p.m. in the 2000 block of Clement Avenue and about 6:45 p.m. in the 400 block of Willie Stargell Avenue.
FRIDAY, DEC. 21 MARIJUANA POSSESSION -- Police arrested a 26-year-old man after a traffic stop at 1:40 a.m. at 29th Avenue and Glascock Street in Oakland near the Park Street Bridge after he was allegedly found in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. MISAPPROPRIATION OF LOST PROPERTY -- A man whom officers contacted as a suspicious person was arrested after he was found in possession of someone else's debit card. The man, 27, who claimed he found the card, was searched after the officers learned he was on probation, police said. The arrest occurred about 5:20 a.m. in the 400 block of Buena Vista Avenue.
SATURDAY, DEC. 22 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- Police arrested a man, 23, on suspicion of drunken driving after a patrol officer pulled him over for speeding at 29th Avenue and Glascock Street in Oakland near the Park Street Bridge. The man was allegedly driving about 40 mph in the area, which has a 25 mph speed limit, when the officer stopped him about 1:20 a.m. Another man, 57, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving about 20 minutes later after a traffic stop at San Jose and Versailles avenue, where he also failed field sobriety tests, police said. Police also arrested a 31-year-old woman on a drunken driving charge just after 6 p.m. at Oak Street and Encinal Avenue. She was booked at Santa Rita Jail. PETTY THEFT -- Police arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of petty theft after he was accused of shoplifting merchandise at Safeway at Alameda South Shore Center. Another individual was arrested with him, but details were not immediately available. The arrests occurred at 8:35 a.m. Police also arrested a woman, 47, at 3:15 p.m. after she allegedly stole merchandise from the Lucky store on Marina Village Parkway by concealing it in a bag. A 33-year-old woman was arrested at the same supermarket about 9:50 p.m. after she allegedly stole items. The woman, who was booked at Santa Rita Jail, was also accused of violating her probation from a prior theft conviction. WEAPONS POSSESSION -- Police cited a man, 22, after he was found carrying a loaded firearm in his vehicle following a traffic stop about 11:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Tilden Way. BURGLARY -- A break-in was reported just before noon at a storage unit in the 1900 block of Sherman Street in what police have classified as a burglary.
SUNDAY, DEC. 22 VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen just before 10 a.m. in the 300 block of Holly Oak Lane. GRAND THEFT -- Someone stole an outboard motor from a boat in the 1800 block of Clement Avenue. The theft was reported about 2:40 p.m. DRUG PARAPHERNALIA -- Police arrested a 34-year-old man just after 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Haight Avenue after he was allegedly found in possession of narcotics paraphernalia. ARSON -- Some set fire to a boat on Grand Street, police said. It was reported about 6:50 p.m.