March 28, 2012

San Leandro Police Chief Spagnoli Reassures Residents After Sexual Assault

The Estudillo Estates Homeowner Association hosted a meeting with the San Leandro Police Department today in the wake of a sexual assault last week on Bridge Road.

The meeting was attended by more than 50 residents and eight members of the San Leandro Police Department, including San Leandro Police Chief Sandra Spagnoli.

Spagnoli was quick to point out that there were a lot of details that the police could not share with the community. Spagnoli said that the Police Department's priorities for violent crimes are to protect the victims, provide the community with information and to "protect the facts of the case and the integrity of the investigation."

Seeking to reassure members of the audience, Spagnoli stated, "I want you to leave here tonight knowing that public safety is a priority. We do not tolerate violent crime in this town."

Spagnoli said that the Police Department believes that the suspect entered the home with the intent to steal and that the sexual assault "was a crime of opportunity." In response to a question from the audience, Spagnoli stated that the police have enough information that leads them to believe that the suspect won't return to the area and "We don't feel that the community is in danger."

Contrary to some speculation and rumors, Spagnoli stated that there is no evidence of a personal connection between the suspect and the victim nor that the suspect worked for the victim or for others in the neighborhood.

Spagnoli informed the audience that all available resources were working on the case and that the Police Department would issue a press release via Nixle, Facebook, and the City's E-Notify service.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at March 28, 2012 12:13 AM | TrackBack
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