SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento County Sheriff’s Detectives have arrested three men in connection to a counterfeit credit card ring believed to be responsible for fraud at local 7-Eleven stores and they are looking for two additional suspects (see photos below).
According to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, 30-year-old Marcell Horton, 29-year-old Fremon Reaves and 20-year-old Jacques Houston were arrested yesterday on 36 counts of identity theft.
Detectives from the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force and 7-Eleven Investigators conducted a joint-investigation over the past several weeks culminating in the arrest of the trio. Each are being held on $500,000 bail.
Detectives recovered over $4000.00 in cash and money orders, several hundred dollars in recently purchased merchandise, and several thousand dollars in Visa gift cards.
The suspects are believed to have purchased stolen credit card account numbers off of the black market. The three were part of a counterfeit credit card ring believed to be responsible for over $230,000 of fraud at local 7-Eleven stores over the past several months.
Detectives are seeking the public’s help in attempting to identify two additional suspects that were conducting fraudulent transactions and are believed to be part of the crime ring. If you have any information regarding this fraud ring or the identity of the two outstanding suspects, please contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department High Tech Crimes Division (916) 874-3198.
POLLOCK PINES, CA – A man has been arrested for setting the explosive King Fire which has burned over 70,000 acres near the community of Pollock Pines.
According to fire officials, 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman was booked into El Dorado County Jail on Wednesday on charges of felony arson on forest land. Huntsman is being held on an unusually high bail of $10 million.
During the overnight hours the King Fire exploded to more than double its size on Thursday, burning through 111 square miles. The fire was only 5 percent contained. On Wednesday the fire was at 44 square miles.
The blaze is threatening 2,000 homes in the Pollock Pines area and Highway 50 was shut down for the second time just east of Pollock Pines on Thursday morning.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency late Wednesday and has secured federal grants to help fight the fire.
Fire crews are hoping for some relief on Thursday as forecasters called for higher humidity with a chance of rain.
Mandatory evacuation orders are still in effect for the following areas:
Granite Springs, Ice House Road (east side), Pickett Pen Road, Rubicon Trail, Windmiller Trail, Wrights Lake Road, including all Forest Service roads, trails, and access roads in the Crystal Basin recreation area between Ice House Road and Desolation Wilderness, north of the Highway 50 corridor. Ice House Reservoir, Loon Lake, Rockbound Lake, and Rubicon Reservoir.
SACRAMENTO, CA – A Sacramento woman was found guilty of mortgage fraud after she applied for two loans to finance the purchase of a home in Carmichael in 2007.
After a nine-day trial, a federal jury found 33-year-old Anna Sorokina Kuzmenko guilty on Friday of two counts of wire fraud in a mortgage fraud scheme, this according to United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, in February of 2007, Kuzmenko served as a straw buyer for a house in Carmichael. She applied for two loans to finance the entire purchase, and falsely represented that she was an orthodontist making $36,000 per month, had $42,000 in her bank account, was a United States citizen, and would live in the house she was purchasing. In fact, evidence at trial showed that Kuzmenko was not an orthodontist, declared only $13,000 in income for 2006 and none for 2007, had little to no money in her bank account, was not a citizen, and never lived in the house she purchased.
The evidence also showed that although the bank was told the sales price was $1 million, the seller had agreed to receive only approximately $800,000 from the transaction and to give the remaining money back to the scheme participants. Bank records showed that Kuzmenko’s husband and other family members received almost $177,000 through the scheme. Additionally, two of Kuzmenko’s family members received approximately $25,000 in commission payments based on the fraudulently procured loans. Kuzmenko defaulted on the mortgages for the Carmichael house in September 2007 and the property was foreclosed upon by April 7, 2008.
“Mortgage fraud cases can be very challenging, but this office has developed considerable expertise in prosecuting them,” stated U.S. Attorney Wagner. “We are pleased that the jury held Ms. Kuzmenko accountable for her crime, and we will continue our efforts to hold accountable those who enriched themselves through fraud, and who contributed to the financial meltdown that hit our communities so hard.”
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.
Kuzmenko is scheduled to be sentenced on December 9, 2014. She faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento County Sheriff Detectives have arrested a fifth suspect in the fatal shooting that occurred in July outside of a Fulton Avenue Hookah bar.
On July 13, 2014, 20-year-old Tyrell Hall was shot and killed in the parking lot of a hookah lounge within the 1900 block of Fulton Avenue.
Sheriff Homicide Detectives previously released photographs asking for the public’s assistance in identifying individuals they believe had significant information related to the events that occurred. With the assistance of phone calls, emails and tips from the Community, Detectives arrested 28-year-old Frederick Lamont Davis, of Sacramento yesterday. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail for assault with a deadly weapon charge related to the deadly shooting.
Homicide Detectives are still looking for help in identifying one individual. He is described as a black male adult with collar length dreadlocks and goatee-style facial hair. He appears to have a tattoo on his left bicep and is seen wearing a reddish colored shirt, denim pants and red colored shoes.
Previously arrested were 28-year-old James Wallace on a charge of attempted murder, 23-year-old Tana Dania and 19-year-old Frank Eugene Jackson.
The shooting took place at approximately 1:15 a.m. Sunday outside of a packed hookah lounge and nearby liquor store on Fulton Avenue, where over 60 people had gathered.
Witnesses said Hall was shot in the back of the head by a stray bullet and, according to deputies, at least five others were injured during the shooting.
Several callers contacted 911 to report gunfire at the strip mall that includes several other businesses. When deputies arrived they discovered Hall shot dead in the parking lot.
The owner of Blow and Tell smoke shop, Elie Habibeh, told the Sacramento Bee that an argument involving around 50 or 60 kids ranging from 19 years of age and up were in front of the Hookah Lounge and a nearby liquor store, One Stop Liquor and Wine, when the shooting started.
According to Habibeh, the parking lot generally draws a large crowd of young people. He told the Bee that too many people hang out in the parking lot and they are loud and argue frequently.
Anyone having information regarding the identity of this remaining subject is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).
ROCKLIN, CA – Only two days into the school year and Rocklin High School hits the news after a student brings a gun to class.
The principal of Rocklin High School, David Bills, said in a statement that a 14-year-old student was showing off a handgun to another student just after school ended on Wednesday.
The school immediately contacted Rocklin Police and officers were able to determine that the teenager was in possession of a gun. The student was promptly arrested. It’s unknown if the gun was loaded.
The school sent out an automated recording Wednesday night explaining what happened.
SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was arrested Friday morning after he fired a gun and attempted to hold a roommate hostage when police arrived.
According to the Sacramento Police Department, a call came in at around 7:30 a.m. regarding a man shooting a handgun in the 2100 block of 10th Street.
When officers arrived witnesses pointed out the suspect’s apartment and they proceeded to put up a perimeter around the area.
There were three adult males located in the apartment and after officers made contact, two of the subjects came out and were detained for questioning. Both were determined to be roommates and released.
Officers eventually arrested 30-year-old Christopher Harvey, who was booked into county jail for false imprisonment and kidnapping as well as reckless discharge of a firearm.
Officers were able to recover the weapon believed to have been used in the incident.
PLACERVILLE, CA – A Placerville man was arrested Monday night after he placed an online ad seeking a sexual relationship with a “young girl.”
Placer County Sheriff’s Detectives responded to an online ad placed by 26-year-old Shawn Michael Roediger on July 29. In the ad, Roediger posted that he was seeking a sexual relationship with a “young girl” who would be his “sex pet.” Detectives responded to the ad as a 13-year-old girl and corresponded with the suspect for a week.
Monday night Roediger was arrested in Placerville and charged with attempted lewd and lascivious acts with a child; communicating with a minor for purposes of committing a sexual act; and distributing harmful matter to a minor. His bail was set at $100,000 and he remains in custody.
SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday morning the arrest of a man they believe is linked to at least three cases of sexual assaults in Sacramento.
Sacramento County Sheriff Sexual Assault Detectives arrested 20-year-old Robert Derrick Hill at his place of work and he is currently being held at Sacramento County Jail on multiple felony charges. His bail has been set at $2,000,000.
Hill is believed to be responsible for sexually violating women in three separate cases between April 2013 and July 2014. These incidents are not related to the Madison/80 serial rapist series.
Detectives are asking anyone with information pertaining to this arrest, to contact the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Bureau at (916) 874-5070. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com by entering the keyword ‘SSD’, or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).
SACRAMENTO, CA – On Saturday, the parents of a 3-month-old boy who was rushed to UC Medical Center, where he later died, were both arrested for possible child neglect and abuse.
On Thursday the Sacramento Fire Department responded to the Florin Meadows apartment complex, located on North Meadows Place, for a medical-aid call for a 3-month-old boy, later identified as Tyrese Smith. He was transported to a local hospital. However, due to the infant’s critical condition, he was redirected and taken via ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center.
UC Davis officials contacted police Thursday evening to report possible child abuse.
Detectives arrived at the hospital and began their investigation which included contacting and interviewing the infant’s parents. After the 27-year-old mother, Ashleigh Smith and the 19-year-old father, Terry Scott, were interviewed, they were both booked that night into the Sacramento County Jail on felony child abuse/neglect charges.
On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11:45 a.m., the Baby Smith succumbed to his injuries.
The Sacramento Police Department is working collectively with the Sacramento County District’s Attorney’s Office and the Sacramento County’s Coroner’s Office. Further charges may be amended or considered pending further investigation and autopsy results. Child Protective Services is also involved in the case and there are no other children in the home.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information about this incident to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
STOCKTON, CA – The hostage that was killed in Wednesday’s shootout between police as well as one of the suspects has been identified.
According to family, Misty Holt-Singh was the victim who was shot and killed while being held hostage in the back of a blue sports utility vehicle in Stockton.
Misty’s 12-year-old daughter was left behind at the Bank of the West store located in the 7800 block of Thornton Road, as her mother was being taken hostage by three Hispanic suspects.
The violence started around 2 p.m. after officers responded to a call reporting a robbery at a Bank of the West branch. Officers arrived on scene and witnessed three Hispanic males walking three female hostages at gunpoint. Misty was among the hostages along with two bank employees. One of the employees has been identified as Kelly Huber.
The suspects stole Huber’s vehicle and police gave chase on a pursuit that lasted at least an hour and traveled at high rates of speed to as far away as Lodi.
Throughout the entire chase the suspects were firing an AK-47 type weapon at pursuing officers. Investigators were working through the night and into Thursday morning processing the crime scene and trying to identify all the homes and other vehicles that were hit by stray bullets during the pursuit that went from Highway 99 to Interstate 5 to Highway 12 and then back onto surface streets.
After the pursuit ended it was found that all the suspects had ammunition taped to their bodies and were heavily armed.
During the chase one hostage was shot and thrown from the vehicle. The hostage was rushed to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
A second hostage was also thrown from the vehicle just before the tires were blown out of the stolen vehicle at Thornton Road and Otto Drive. She is also expected to survive.
Once the vehicle was stopped, officers started exchanging fire with one of the suspects inside the vehicle. Video of the scene showed a bullet-riddled sports utility vehicle.
After the gunfire subsided, the body of Misty was discovered in the sport utility vehicle along with one of the suspects. According to police, the dead suspect attempted to use Misty as a shield during the shootout.
One suspect was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition and later died. The third suspect, identified as 19-year-old Jaime Ramos was taken into custody and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on homicide, kidnapping, robbery, and attempted murder charges. The other two hostages were 30 and 27-years-old. All were known gang members.