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ACLU concerned about officer-involved shooting in Elk Grove last month

ELK GROVE, CA - Dozens of people attended a community meeting led by Elk Grove police Tuesday night.

The American Civil Liberties Union was also at the meeting, concerned about an officer-involved shooting last month, where a suspect in handcuffs was grazed in the face by a bullet.

John Hesselbein faces charges ranging from domestic violence to battery on an officer.

Elk Grove police responded to a domestic violence call on Jan. 30 and arrested Hesselbein.

Police seek man in Mechanics Bank robbery

Police seek man in Mechanics Bank robbery

ELK GROVE - Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man involved in an armed bank robbery on Valentine's Day.

The robbery happened around 1 p.m. at the Mechanics Bank at 8235 Laguna Boulevard Monday, according to Elk Grove police spokesman Chris Trim. The man approached a bank teller, pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. Trim said the teller gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash before the man fled the bank on foot.

According to witnesses on scene, the man hopped on a bicycle on drove away heading westbound on Laguna Boulevard.

The suspect was described as a black adult, about 40 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 130-150 pounds. He was wearing a black beanie, black jacket with gray lining, black pants and carrying a blue day pack.

ACLU plans to attend police meeting after shooting of unarmed man

ACLU plans to attend police meeting after shooting of unarmed man

ELK GROVE - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Sacramento Monday said it is "concerned" about the shooting of an unarmed suspect by Elk Grove police while he was handcuffed in patrol car, and will send representatives to unoffically attend a community meeting by police Tuesday.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Elk Grove City Council Chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way.

The Sacramento ACLU has said it will reserve judgement, but Monday stated "We are concerned when we hear about these types of police shootings. We encourage independent citizen reviews of such incidents."

The Jan. 30 shooting occurred after police responded to a routine domestic violence complaint.

Elk Grove man with torch device, Samurai sword arrested

ELK GROVE - A 39-year-old Elk Grove man is in police custody after acting in a bizarre manner, threatening officers with two different weapons and causing a three and a half hour standoff situation Thursday.

The incident happened around 1 p.m. at a home in the neighborhood of Modena Way and Guis Court in Elk Grove, said Chris Trim with the Elk Grove Police Department. Firefighters responded to the area for reports of a car on fire. Officers went door to door looking for the owner of the torched vehicle.

When they knocked on the door at 8417 Guis Court, the 39-year-old man, whose name was not released, answered behaving irrationally, with a "mini torch-like device" in his hand, said Trim. He immediately shut the door and began barricading himself inside the residence using furniture. SWAT team members received a key to the house from the man's family and were able to enter the home, Trim said.

Police search for man in Chevron robbery

Police search for man in Chevron robbery

ELK GROVE - Police are asking for the community's help in identifying a man responsible for robbing a Chevron gas station on Monday, Feb. 7.

The incident happened just after 8 p.m. at the gas station located at 9615 West Taron Drive, according to Elk Grove police spokesman Chris Trim. Surveillance video shows the man entered the facility and confronted an employee, demanding money and simulating that he was armed with a weapon. Trim said the employee gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash before the suspect fled. Witnesses said the man was last seen driving away in a white four-door vehicle.

The suspect was described as a white adult in his 20s, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair and a goatee.

Elk Grove police search neighborhood for assault suspect

ELK GROVE, CA - Elk Grove police searched a neighborhood for several hours for a man suspected of assaulting his elderly roommate.

The 52-year-old assaulted the roommate Friday night and then stole her car. Saturday morning, the suspect returned the car and fled on foot.

Earlier reports from police said the suspect is armed and dangerous. Police now say the suspect may not be armed.

After police did not find the suspect at a home on Stoney Creek Way and Lewie Way, K9 units were called to search the neighborhood. Police did not find the suspect.

Elk Grove police said the suspect is not a threat to anyone.

Police are not releasing the identity of the suspect because the arrest warrant is based on probable cause.

Elk Grove man charged in $11 million Ponzi scheme

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Thursday that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Christopher Jackson, 43, of Elk Grove, with six counts of wire fraud in a real estate investment Ponzi-style scheme.

The indictment alleges that Jackson operated a company, Genesis Innovations, that took in $11 million from more than 75 people to invest in real estate. In fact, he only invested about $2.5 million in real estate. The rest of the money was used to pay purported returns to other investors and for Jackson’s personal expenses, including his lease of a Lamborghini and a Land Rover, frequent dining at high-end restaurants, lodging at luxury hotels, purchase of expensive diamond jewelry, and substantial home improvements.

This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Matthew D.