Police & Public Safety
Operation Brokenheart II Leads to Arrests of Child Predators
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force along with ICAC task forces around the country took part in “Operation Brokenheart II;” a nationwide effort to identify and arrest as many child predators as possible along with providing outreach and internet safety education. This effort took place during the months of April and May of 2015 and was a coordinated effort by law enforcement representing more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies nationally.
The Sacramento ICAC task force, which is part of the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes task force, arrested four people for child pornography during the two-month-long national operation. They also served 17 search warrants and presented internet safety education to over 250 adults and children.
The operation concentrated on offenders who possess, manufacture, and distribute child pornography as well as those engaging in online enticement of children for sexual purposes.
All participating task forces targeting internet crime compiled arrest statistics from the two-month-long operation and shared them with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in Washington, D.C.
To report internet crimes against children, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.missingkids.com/cybertipline or call the cyber tip line directly at (800) 843-5678.
Source: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department
CHP Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver involved in this collision. If you recognize the car pictured here, please contact the Special Investigations Unit at the North Sacramento Area CHP office.
Photo courtesy of California Highway Patrol
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - On June 21st at 7:40 p.m., an unknown silver or gray vehicle (possibly a Volkswagen) was traveling southbound on Dry Creek Road south of G Street at an unknown speed. A 67-year-old female bicyclist was legally riding her bicycle in the bike lane southbound on Dry Creek Road south of G Street. The driver of the gray vehicle struck the bicyclist from behind, causing her to be thrown from her bicycle. The driver of the gray vehicle fled the scene southbound on Dry Creek Road. The bicyclist sustained major injuries and was transported to Mercy San Juan Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
CHP Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver involved in this collision. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Special Investigations Unit at the North Sacramento Area CHP office at (916) 348-2300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or contact CRIME ALERT at (916) 443-HELP, (800)-AA-CRIME, or send a text message tip to 274637 (Crimes) then enter “SACTIP” followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Source: California Highway Patrol
Donations Are Encouraged to Assist in Rebuilding
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - On the night of Thursday, June 18th, the neighborhood fruit stand at Winding Way and Hackberry Lane was torched along with the van they use to transport some of the produce. A witness saw a white car pull up and three males jumped out, doused the stand with gasoline, and set it on fire.
The good news is that they are open again as of the morning of Friday, June 19th. They are currently using tables under the trees next to their garden and had many young volunteers helping them.
Unfortunately, their insurance does not cover the rebuilding of the fruit stand because it is considered an open air market. Neighbors are encouraged to stop by and offer support by purchasing the wonderful produce and donating toward the rebuilding of this small community business.
Source: Marjorie Lehr
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - On May 27th at 10:29 p.m., Alan Spokely, a 72-year-old white male driver from North Highlands, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Madison Avenue at approximately 45 mph on a solid green light passing through the intersection of Manzanita Avenue when a pedestrian, a 39-year-old black male from Fallon, NV, stepped directly into the path of his vehicle from an unknown location. The impact propelled the pedestrian approximately 200 feet west of the intersection where he came to rest in the number two lane. Spokely stopped his vehicle in the Arby’s parking lot on the northwest corner of the intersection.
The pedestrian was transported to Mercy San Juan Hospital by Sacramento Metro Fire and later succumbed to his injuries sustained from the collision. Spokely was determined to not be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. It is unknown if the pedestrian was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The toxicology report for the pedestrian is still under investigation.
Source: California Highway Patrol
A federal arrest warrant has been issued for Gilbert. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. He has brandished weapons, a handgun or a knife, during some of the robberies.
Photo courtesy of Federal Bureau of Investigation
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) requests assistance from the public to aid in the location of Darious Gilbert, an individual believed to be responsible for the following bank robberies in Northern California this year:
- March 30th: US Bank, 4610 Mission Street
- April 2nd: Citibank, 260 California Street
- April 7th: Bank of America, 3701 Balboa Street
- April 17th: U.S. Bank, 4610 Mission Street
- April 20th: Citibank, 2198 Chestnut Street
- May 14th: East West Bank, 3061 Balboa Street
- May 9th: JP Morgan Chase, 3206 Delta Fair Boulevard
- May 27th: JP Morgan Chase, 7427 Laguna Boulevard
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for leads resulting in the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for the aforementioned robberies.
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - At approximately 10:00 a.m. on April 27th, Sacramento County Sheriff Patrol Deputies responded to a residence within the 6000 block of Madison Avenue in regards to multiple reports of a shooting. As Deputies arrived, they encountered a female in her 30s who had been shot at least once and was lying on the driveway in front of a residence. As Deputies approached the victim, who was being attended to by neighbors and uninvolved passersby, several rounds of gunfire were fired from within the residence at the Deputies and citizens. The victim, who is believed to have been involved in a domestic relationship with the suspect, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. No one was additionally shot or injured.
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a 38-year-old man for attempting to kill his two children at his Carmichael home on Saturday, April 4th.
At approximately 9:00 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from the custodial parent, who reported the children had not been returned from a scheduled child visitation. When Deputies arrived at the suspect’s darkened home within the 5000 block of North Avenue, they did not receive an answer at the front door but could hear a vehicle engine running inside the locked garage.