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Man posed as cop, helped girlfriend rob her ‘johns’

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 27, 2014 —

A West Sacramento man and his girlfriend are facing prison for a pair of robberies in which the woman solicited prostitution from the victims, and the man showed up to rob them.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the robberies took place in the summer of 2012. Alicia Ortega offered her services as a prostitute to the victims, and her boyfriend Roberto Montalvo “would then arrive and flash a badge and represent himself as a police officer.”

The pair would then take the victims’ money.

Ortega pled to one count of robbery in exchange for a ten-year sentence.

Montalvo, 53, was convicted on Aug. 15 by a jury, which found him guilty on robbery and drug charges as well as “impersonating a police officer.” He had prior convictions for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery from the state of Illinois.

Montalvo will be sentenced by Judge David Reed on Sept. 17. He faces up to a life sentence in state prison

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Ledger found one ‘Police Log’ item in its archives that is most likely related to this case. This item from 2012 reads:

“June 17 (2012) 2:09 a.m.

A male and female impersonated police officers to get into a room at a motel on the 1900-block of West Capitol, then stole $150 in cash from the North Highlands man in the room.”

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West Sac police fire shots at fleeing suspect

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 26, 2014 —

A West Sacramento Police Officer fired shots at a suspect he believed was trying to ram the officer’s motorcycle during a carjacking and a police chase this morning. The suspect wasn’t hit by the gunfire, but was arrested.

A carjacking victim went to the hospital for treatment.

The events started to unfold at 11:33 am. at 3065 West Capitol Avenue — the site of a shopping center and parking lot, at the corner of Harbor Boulevard — when someone reported a shooting. Police received a report that an armed man was running in the area, said Lieutenant Nathan Steele  of the W.S.P.D.

Then, police received reports that the suspect was armed with a screwdriver — and was being chased by witnesses who believed he had been trying to break into a vehicle at the site.

“The suspect assaulted a citizen and carjacked his vehicle as officers were arriving at the scene,” said a statement from Steele. “Officers attempted to stop the suspect in the stolen vehicle, at which time the suspect led officers on a high-speed pursuit.”

“On several occasions during the pursuit, the suspect attempted to strike West Sacramento police officers’ patrol cars with his vehicle. The suspect then attempted to strike a West Sacramento police officer on a motorcycle. The motor officer, fearing for his safety, fired at the suspect and his vehicle. No parties were struck or injured.”

The suspect then crashed the vehicle and fled on foot, before being caught without further incident, reported Steele.  The chase concluded on Evergreen Avenue, he told the News-Ledger.

The man was identified as 37-year old Thomas Brewer of Sacramento. He faces “numerous” felony charges,” said Steele.

The motorcycle officer who fired the shots was placed on routine paid leave while the incident is investigated by the police department and Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Eric Palmer, (916) 617-4935.

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Former cop to serve life in prison

SERGIO ALVAREZ, accused West Sacramento Police Officer (booking photo, Yolo County Jail)

Former West Sac
police officer
Sergio Alvarez
(booking photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – APRIL 5, 2014 –

  Disgraced former West Sacramento Police Officer Sergio Alvarez will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced Friday to a sentence of “205 years to life” for sexually assaulting a number of women while on patrol on the city’s streets.

  Prosecutors say he used his authority to coerce sex acts from at least five women. The victims were generally people living on society’s margins, whom Alvarez met while patrolling alone on the night shift. The women were “vulnerable members of our society,” said prosecutor Garrett Hamilton of the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.

  When one of the victims complained to the West Sacramento police department, detectives from the Sacramento Police Department helped investigate. A police spokesman told the News-Ledger that Sacramento police helped out due to the manpower demands of the investigation.

  Alvarez, 38, was arrested in early 2013. He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, and his attorney unsuccessfully argued that the officer had sex with several of the victims, but on a consensual basis, and that he had never met other alleged victims. He was a West Sacramento resident and family man before his arrest.

  After nine days of deliberations, a Yolo county jury on Feb. 27 found Alvarez guilty of 18 felony counts. On Friday, the sentence came down from Judge Timothy Fall.

  Said Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press statement yesterday:

   “Hamilton and the Sacramento P.D. detectives put their heart and soul into this case. As a result of their dedication, justice was served and Alvarez will never be able to harm again.”

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Former West Sac police officer faces up to life in prison after jury finds him guilty on 18 counts

SERGIO ALVAREZ, accused West Sacramento Police Officer (booking photo, Yolo County Jail)

Former West Sac
police officer
Sergio Alvarez
(booking photo)

Former West Sac
police officer
Sergio Alvarez
(booking photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — FEB 27, 2014 —

A Yolo County jury today announced “guilty” verdicts on 18 felony counts related to sexual assault and kidnapping, in a case involving former West Sacramento Police Officer Sergio Alvarez, reports the Yolo County D.A.’s office. He faces a sentence of up to life in prison.

The jury deadlocked on nine other counts.

Alvarez, 38,  was accused of taking advantage of five women he encountered while patrolling West Sacramento on the graveyard shift as a local officer in 2011-2012.  He was arrested a year ago, and pleaded not guilty.

His defense attorney conceded misdeeds by the officer, denying some charges and saying that other relationships involving the alleged victims and Alvarez had been consensual.

More in next week’s News-Ledger.

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