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Carjacking & robbery: one arrest

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 2, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A pair of gunmen created a commotion in central West Sacramento early Saturday morning, pistol-whipping one victim and stealing a car from another.

At roughly 4 a.m., the first of the two crimes was reported.

“Basically, we had a victim saying someone pulled a gun on him and pistol-whipped him,” Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger. “He had some injuries, and was treated at the scene.”

The same two suspects appear to have then committed a second crime nearby – somewhere in the area of Proctor Avenue, said Sockman.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “A short time later, (police) heard of a car-jacking, just a couple blocks away,” he said. “The car was found a couple blocks away from where it was carjacked.”

Officers responded, looking for the two men who were now on foot again.

“The sergeant saw one of the suspects walking over near Proctor, and chased him and arrested him,” said Sockman. “The other kept fleeing.”

One citizen on Longcroft Street said police knocked on his door at about 4:30 a.m. and searched his backyard with a police dog. The second suspect wasn’t located.

“It’s the same guys who did the pistol-whipping and the carjacking,” Sockman said.

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Man carjacked to West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 12, 2012 —

Woodland police are looking for leads after two suspects forced him to drive them into West Sacramento.

They got the call at about 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 27.

The victim, a Sacramento man, said he left work in Woodland at about 2 a.m. and was driving back to Sacramento on East Main Street. At County Road 102, “two men stopped him in the roadway and forced themselves into his vehicle,” said a police press release. “The victim said the two men were dressed in dark clothing, gloves, and dark ski masks. The victim believed one of the men was armed with an unknown type of gun, although he did not see one.”

[adrotate group=”9″]   The pair made the victim drive them into Sacramento and then West Sacramento, where they got out in an unknown neighborhood and left him, after taking a small amount of cash.

The man drove home and called police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Woodland Police at (530) 661-7800.

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Repeat robbery at West Sac gas station

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 5, 2012 —

The Valero gas station and convenience store on the west end of West Capitol Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Friday.

Twice.

At 6:52 a.m., police received a reported that “two males with guns” had just robbed the establishment at 4790 West Capitol.

Then, at 8:38 p.m., they received a report that another “211” had just occurred. Two subjects with at least one gun had just hit Valero again, according to dispatchers’ notes reviewed by the News-Ledger.

The gas station’s location, near the onramp to I-80 westbound, might make it an attractive target for robbers looking for a quick escape route.

[adrotate group=”7″]    The News-Ledger asked Lt. Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department if the two robberies appeared related.

An investigator “is doing some work on that, seeing if there is any link, or it’s just a coincidence,” he said. Early indications are that the suspects in each case were different.

The News-Ledger was not immediately able to reach Valero by phone for comment, and to find out if the same clerk had been involved in both robberies – although that seemed unlikely, given the 10-hour spacing between the crimes.

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West Sac man arrested for church lot shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 1, 2012 —

A spokesman for the West Sacramento Police Department reports that an arrest has been made after the shooting early this morning in a Christmas tree lot at 1000-block of Sacramento Avenue.

Police arrested Brian Brinsfield a 20 year old West Sacramento resident, at about 2 p.m. He will be booked into the county jail, reports Sgt. Nathan Steele of the WSPD.

[adrotate group=”7″]Shortly after midnight this morning, police believe Brinsfield tried to steal a Christmas tree from a lot at a Russian Baptist church. When confronted by a guard, he allegedly fired shots before fleeing. No injuries are reported.

A witness was involved in identifying Brinsfield as a suspect, said Sgt. Steele.

“He was positively identified as a suspect and arrested at 1228 Sacramento Avenue,” Steele told the News-Ledger.

The arrest was made without incident at the location, which was linked to Brinsfield by police. No weapon has yet been recovered — but police have just begun searching the home, said Steele.

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