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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.

Sacramento man charged with murder pleads not guilty at arraignment

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A Sacramento man charged with murdering his girlfriend last week pled not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday afternoon.

Almon Johnson, 30, is charged with one count of murder and one count of arson, said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.

Johnson is suspected of killing his girlfriend Vanessa Herrera, a 23-year-old single mother, and then driving to San Francisco, where the car and Herrera's body were burned, said Gascón.

Johnson was arrested less than 24 hours after San Francisco firefighters found the burning car.

Herrera was laid to rest Tuesday night at an Elk Grove church as family and friends gathered to say goodbye.

Elk Grove police to hold community beat meeting

Elk Grove police to hold community beat meeting

ELK GROVE - The Elk Grove Police Department will host a community meeting on Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Elk Grove City Council Chambers located at 8400 Laguna Palms Way.

This will be the department's first meeting of the year and will focus on residents who live in Beats 1, 2 and 4 (west side of Elk Grove, west of Highway 99). All interested residents are invited to attend.

Personnel from various units within the police department will be on hand to answer questions that residents may have regarding crime issues. Community beat meetings are designed to strengthen the partnership between the department and the community it serves.

For more information, contact the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (916) 478-8110.

Elk Grove police investigating officer-involved shooting

ELK GROVE, CA - Elk Grove police were investigating an officer- involved shooting that occurred early Sunday morning.

According to Elk Grove Police Department Officer Christopher Trim, police responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 8600 blockl of Callipe Way just before 2:30 Sunday morning. When they arrived they found John Hesselbein, 31, and his wife, who told police that Hesselbein had been drinking and had assaulted her. She also stated that she had left to get away from her husband. When she drove back to her home, she saw the front door was open. As she was getting ready to exit her vehicle, she told officers Hesselbein jumped out from some nearby bushes and tried to punch out her car windows and threw a lighter at her vehicle.