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Yuba City Police officer arrested for drug trafficking

Police-lightsSACRAMENTO, CA – On Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the arrest of two men involved in cocaine trafficking, including a Yuba City police officer.

On Wednesday morning special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 35-year-old Harminder Phagura, an officer with the Yuba City Police Department and 39-year-old Gursharan Phaguraon, of Yuba City and Roseville, on federal charges related to their alleged involvement in a cocaine trafficking scheme.

The criminal complaint accuses the pair of conspiring to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute; and use of a communication facility in narcotics trafficking activity.

Both men made their initial appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney. Following the hearing, Harminder Phagura was released on $100,000 bond. Gursharan Phagura remains in custody pending a detention hearing Thursday. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

Wednesday’s arrests are the latest development in a long-term HSI probe targeting suspected cocaine trafficking by Gursharan Phagura. According to information in the complaint affidavit, which was unsealed today, special agents developed information during the course of the investigation implicating Officer Phagura in the scheme.

HSI representatives underscore the Yuba City Police Department has cooperated fully with the investigation.

As part of Wednesday’s enforcement actions, investigators also executed search warrants at three locations tied to the defendants, including two residences in Yuba City and a home in Roseville. HSI officials emphasize the investigation is ongoing.

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Man arrested in death of woman found at hotel

Fredrick Fowler Sacramento PD

Fredrick Tatum
Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Police Department has arrested a man in connection with the death of a woman found on Wednesday at a Sacramento hotel.

According to police, 52-year-old Fredrick Tatum was arrested for the death of 42-year-old April Fowler, who was found in a third floor room of a hotel located on the 3700 block of Northgate Blvd.

Officers were called to the hotel at approximately 12:36 p.m. Wednesday by a caregiver to Tatum. The caregiver had visited briefly with Tatum at the door of the hotel room and he grew suspicious, so he contacted police to perform a welfare check.

The Sacramento Fire Department accompanied responding officers to the scene where they discovered and pronounced Fowler dead.

Tatum was inside the room when officers arrived and he was immediately detained. The suspect was taken to police headquarters for questioning prior to being booked into the Sacramento County Jail for failing to register as a sex offender.

Based on the coroner’s report, it was discovered that Tatum, a friend of Fowler, had physically assaulted her causing the victim’s fatal injuries.

On Friday the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office added the charge of murder.

Yuba City teacher arrested

Jesus Zuniga Moreno  Yuba City PD

Jesus Zuniga Moreno
Yuba City PD

YUBA CITY, CA – A Yuba City high school teacher was arrested on charges of having an inappropriate relationship with his students.

According to Yuba City Police, 44-year-old Jesus Zuniga Moreno was arrested on charges of annoying or molesting a child and furnishing minors with marijuana.

The Lindhurst High School teacher was allegedly involved with at least one minor in an inappropriate relationship. Moreno is also accused of providing marijuana to minors at his home in Yuba City.

All of the victims were former students of Moreno’s.

More victims come forward in choir director’s sexual abuse case

Kareem Mitchell Credit: Sacramento Police

Kareem Mitchell
Credit: Sacramento Police

SACRAMENTO, CA – The choir director arrested in early February on charges of sexually assaulting a minor is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on four additional charges.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, 42-year-old Kareem Mitchell is scheduled to be arraigned on four additional charges Wednesday afternoon after a new victim came forward.

The Sacramento Police Department is urging anyone who believes they were a victim of any crimes associated with Mitchell to contact the Sacramento Police Department.

Mitchell met the first victim to come forward while he was a choir director with the New Baptist Church in North Highlands in 2005.

In February of this year, Mitchell was booked for multiple charges including sodomy, oral copulation, and other sexual acts with a minor.

Mitchell came to the attention of the Sacramento Police Department after they received a report of an alleged sexual relationship, initiated by Mitchell, which occurred several years prior, and involved a minor in his late teens. The now adult victim indicated the relationship began in 2005 and ended in 2008. The investigation revealed that Mitchell met the victim while working as a choir director at the New Testament Baptist Church in North Highlands.

Mitchell had been investigated related to similar allegations in the past while working as the choir director, but charges were never filed.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or 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.

Suspect arrested in Roseville for fatal Natomas stabbing

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ROSEVILLE, CA – The man wanted for stabbing his roommate to death on Monday night has been arrested in Roseville.

Earlier today police responded to Sunrise Avenue and Cirby Way area of Roseville after someone reported seeing 24-year-old Aaron Ramzy, who is wanted for the murder of his roommate at a Natomas apartment.

Oakmont High School and Warran T. Eich Middle School were both shut down as police searched the area.

Aaron Ramzy DMV Photo

Aaron Ramzy
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Ramzy is wanted for the stabbing death of his roommate, 23-year-old Zachary Kane at their apartment in the Irongate Apartment complex in Sacramento.

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.

 

Booking photos released of movie theater robbery suspects

Julio Cezar Chavez Roseville PD

Julio Cezar Chavez
Roseville PD

Salvador Diaz Jr. Roseville PD

Salvador Diaz Jr.
Roseville PD

ROSEVILLE, CA – Today Roseville Police released the booking photos of the two suspects who robbed two customers of the Cinema 14 complex on Eureka Road in Roseville and added additional charges against the pair.

According to police, at approximately 8:36 p.m. Monday, Roseville police responded to a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of a movie theater complex in the 1500 block of Eureka Road.

Arriving officers interviewed two customers who claimed that two masked men had held them up at gunpoint, and robbed them of their personal property. The robbers then drove away in a dark-colored sedan. Neither victim reported being injured.

Following up on leads Tuesday morning, Roseville detectives went to various locations in Citrus Heights, where they arrested 21-year-old Salvador Diaz Jr., of Citrus Heights, on suspicion of robbery, possession of stolen property, and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. They also arrested 26-year-old Julio Cezar Chavez, also of Citrus Heights, on suspicion of possessing stolen property and being an accessory to a felony.

Both men are in custody in the Placer County Jail and today detectives added an added charge of participating in a criminal street gang.

Roseville movie goers robbed at gunpoint 2 arrested

Century 14 Theater in Roseville

Century 14 Theater in Roseville

ROSEVILLE, CA – Two customers of the Cinema 14 complex on Eureka Road in Roseville were robbed at gunpoint Monday night by two masked gunmen.

According to police, at approximately 8:36 p.m. Monday, Roseville police responded to a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of a movie theater complex in the 1500 block of Eureka Road.

Arriving officers interviewed two customers who claimed that two masked men had held them up at gunpoint, and robbed them of their personal property. The robbers then drove away in a dark-colored sedan. Neither victim reported being injured.

Following up on leads Tuesday morning, Roseville detectives went to various locations in Citrus Heights, where they arrested 21-year-old Salvador Diaz Jr., of Citrus Heights, on suspicion of robbery, possession of stolen property, and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. They also arrested 26-year-old Julio Cezar Chavez, also of Citrus Heights, on suspicion of possessing stolen property and being an accessory to a felony.

Both men are in custody in the Placer County Jail.

Marysville teacher arrested on sex charges

Laura Lasek Marysville PD

Laura Lasek
Marysville PD

MARYSVILLE, CA – A Marysville teacher has been arrested after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage student.

On Monday, Marysville Police announced in a statement that 26-year-old Laura Nicole Lasek, of Yuba City, was arrested on charges of unlawful sex acts with a minor last Friday. Lasek was released on a $211,000 bond.

According to police, school officials at the T.E. Matthews School reported the allegations, prompting an investigation.

On Dec. 4, 2014 a para-educator reported overhearing some students gossiping about Lasek sending a sexually graphic message to the victim on Facebook. Lasek was immediately placed on administrative leave and school officials contacted authorities.

Marysville detectives interviewed the 15-year-old male victim resulting in the arrest of Lasek. According to the victim the sexual relationship with Lasek had been going on for about two months.

Lasek stands accused of oral copulation with a person younger than 16 and unlawful sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16.

Investigators are not aware of any other victims at this time.

Teen arrested in North Highlands sexual assaults

Original composite sketch for assault on 68-year-old

Original composite sketch for assault on 68-year-old

NORTH HIGHLANDS, CA – A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection to two separate North Highlands sexual assault incidents that occurred in December, 2014.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, 19-year-old Ibrahima Wane was arrested on January 30th for a violent attack and sexual assault that occurred near Watt Avenue and A Street in North Highlands on December 20, 2014. During that incident, a 68-year old woman was forced into her home by a stranger, later identified as Wane, after returning home from a walk. The victim assisted Detectives in rendering a composite image her assailant for public release.

Sacramento Sheriff Sexual Assault Detectives were able to connect Wane to a similar attack on Watt Avenue and Peacekeeper Way which occurred on December 31, 2014, after a stranger pulled a female victim off of her bike and attempted to sexually assault her.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Wane, who was located and arrested in the San Diego area. Wane was transferred to the Sacramento County Main Jail today where he is being held on eight felony crimes related to both incidents. His bail is currently set for two million dollars.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Spokesperson, Lisa Bowman, said in a statement, “Sacramento Sheriff’s Detectives wish to take this opportunity to thank the public for their patience and assistance during various door-to-door contacts and communications throughout this ongoing and intensive investigation.”

Wane’s next court appearance is scheduled for Friday, February 6, 2015.

 

 

Choir director arrested for sex with minor

Kareem Mitchell Credit: Sacramento Police

Kareem Mitchell
Credit: Sacramento Police

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Police Department announced today the arrest of a choir director with the New Baptist Church in North Highlands for sexual assault against a male minor.

According to police, 42-year-old Kareem Mitchell was arrested yesterday for sexual assault of a minor after detectives, in conjunction with the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office, obtained a warrant for Mitchell’s arrest.

Mitchell was booked for multiple charges including sodomy, oral copulation, and other sexual acts with a minor.

Last September the Sacramento Police Department received a report of an alleged sexual relationship, initiated by Mitchell, which occurred several years prior, and involved a minor in his late teens.   The now adult victim indicated the relationship began in 2005 and ended in 2008. The investigation revealed that Mitchell met the victim while working as a choir director at the New Testament Baptist Church in North Highlands.

Mitchell had been investigated related to similar allegations in the past while working as the choir director, but charges were never filed.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone that may believe they were a victim of any crimes associated with Mitchell to contact the Sacramento Police Department.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this crime to contact the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or 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.

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