Report of Armed Gang Member Who Threatened Person Unfounded

Police on Wednesday responded to a report of a gang member who threatened a person with a gun.

Police on Wednesday afternoon swarmed the Chestnut Street area between North Livermore Avenue and North I Street in response to a report of an armed gang member who threatened a person with a handgun.

Officers were sent to the area at 3:05 p.m. and were unable to locate any evidence that a crime occurred, Sgt. Kevin Santin said.

"The reporting party left, we can't substantiate the call and people in the surrounding area claim to not have seen anything," Santin said. "We got a whole big nothing."

Police were able to make contact with an owner of the cell phone used to make the 911 call.

The owner of the cell phone told police a frantic guy walked up to him and asked to borrow his phone for an emergency, Santin said.

After a call was placed to police the phone was handed back to the owner and the guy took off, according to police.

The caller said a member of the Sureno gang — dressed in all blue with a bandana across his face — threatened him with a gun, Santin said.

Police cleared the area at around 3:20 p.m.

Robert May 03, 2012 at 11:22 PM
TRUTH May 03, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Everything is an issue. I only brought up the graffiti because others were commenting on it. The thing is that every time something happens in or around the area people assume things about the people who live there as if they were to blame. I heard about the Easter incident, well the gunshots, but not fully detail so I cant say much about it. Gangs are always going to be an issue here & everywhere, there is no way to stop them but as a community we need to find a way to control the situation. And I agree with what Heidi said, I dont know if its LPD but for some reason when something is reported there it seems to be looked over and that could save alot of issues in this town if it were taken a bit more seriously.
DC May 03, 2012 at 11:24 PM
John, don't even try to complain about not having enough budget to protect the citizens of this area when you and the council don't seem to have a problem funding downtown projects and events. It is a question of priorities, and the city needs to get their priorities straight. Complaining that someone hasn't been to your budget meetings is a nice cop-out, but it does nothing to change the fact that the city is FAILING in this area. By the way, thanks to you and the rest of your team for completely ruining the Isabel / 84 commute. You may have reduced pollution at that 580-680 junction, but you added another 15 minutes to my commute. Just a helpful hint here: Common sense dictates that creating a road with multiple lanes that funnels down to one lane, then back to two lanes, then back to one, then back to two WILL CAUSE CONSTANT SLOWDOWNS and driver jockeying. If you're going to help throw away road funds, please try to make it somewhat efficient. All it is now is a commute failure point during weekday hours, then an ATM for the CHP in the off-hours.
DC May 03, 2012 at 11:28 PM
ceasar villapando: Tell your friends to stop dressing like thugs and convicts and they'll no longer be treated as such.
Styler May 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
No, I don't like it. No, I won't move. Like I said, I simply stay away from that area. I by no way want something like Pleasantville, but I sure like to come home to a clean looking neighborhood after my long day at work. And Livermore as a whole is not heading that way because I can tell you that myself and my neighbors would never allow our street to become a victim of grafitti and just leave it there. We would do something about it. We work hard for our money and don't want our properties defaced. My daughter and I deserve to come home to something nice, as do all the other hard working citizens, no matter where they live or how big their house is.
DC May 03, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Uh, sorry Becky. I live on your side of Livermore, and I don't see people regularly setting up shop every weekend in their front yard, selling fruit, cheap blankets and driving around in Juarez-mobiles. Call it snobbery, but I don't see people shooting in broad daylight, cops being assaulted and gunshots fired anywhere CLOSE to how it has been in our neighborhood. Quit being an apologist and stop coddling the scum in the neighborhood.
Robert May 03, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Easy does it Ceasar
Robert May 03, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Cin-I'm sure the gang unit and another essential unit or 2 have been cut due to budget cuts
DC May 03, 2012 at 11:41 PM
That is a load of BS. I live in that neighborhood and when I call, they come. Perhaps you need to be a little more insistent.
mike May 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM
You have forgotten econ. 101. Revenues from commerce pay city taxes and city taxes collected in turn pay the police amongst others. Last time I checked theatres are considered commerce.
david May 04, 2012 at 12:04 AM
How can you conclude the police look over issues in the area? From the number of police cars on this most recent call I would say they respond quickly and in great numbers. Remember while four or five units or on this type of call the other parts of the community are without their valuable services.
Heidi Longoria May 04, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I have called about several things and I rarely see anyone and if I do it's long after the issue. I have called on serious and minor issues; some regarding my neighbors. A cop told me to my face, "They're Hispanic ma'am. It's what they do." Well my husband is hispanic and it's not what he does.
Heidi Longoria May 04, 2012 at 12:40 AM
And David I do find that that is the case but more recently. Maybe because they're being scrutinized by the community more? I don't know. But whatever the case, I do agree that there is money being spent in the city that would be better spent on the PD and other service departments.
JoAnne May 04, 2012 at 01:22 AM
One could argue for the cultural benefit of a theater, but regional records make it pretty tough to argue the financial benefits of a theater. The San Jose Repertory Theater in 2010-11 received from the city of San Jose $876,853 and $880,623 in 2009-2010. In 2006, the theater made an agreement with the city of San Jose for a $2 million credit line and in August 2010 still owed $1.99 million. (San Jose has laid off police and fire fighters.) If one argues for the cultural benefits of a theater, then the justification has to be that a substantial amount of city money is best spent to entertain a small population rather than provide vital and necessary services like public safety and road maintenance that benefit a larger population and support commerce.
Star "Stella Baby" Rusca Woodbridge May 04, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I feel for the hispanic community. And we, as white folks, wonder why they don't trust us. Two of my children are inter district transfers to Junction. As an Oakland native, I want my children to have a diverse background and not stuck in a bubble. Every city has a questionable area, and bad things happen EVERYWHERE! I hear of trouble in the "nicer" areas and "better" schools here in Livermore and much of it is kept hush, especially in the schools. I know that Mayor Marschand does care about the neighborhood as someone very near and dear to him puts in MANY hours smack dab in that very neighborhood. True, the area needs extra patrol. Im in the area every day and I see cops all the time. From my experience, hispanics improve the "ghettos" because they're family oriented. Its the young kids that think they have "swag". I just had a convo w my white son today as a matter of fact about wearing too much red or blue at once. Its a matter of being aware of your surroundings, anywhere. People need to stop being judgemental and see things from a different perspective. I feel my children will be more equiped for the real world being exposed to different surroundings. And of course im highly concearned this incident happened at 3 pm when kids were still on campus. But I also trust that LPD is doing what they can.
mike May 04, 2012 at 02:13 AM
A good point and taken as such that entertainment events don't always return the revenues as projected on investments. Theatres are one such venue along with many sport's teams as well. But think about this, if a small elite group are the only beneficiaries of the public's money when it comes to the theatre, what about the small elite group who take all the public's money when it comes to police services and time, namely gangs. Now that is an elite group and if a city is going to go broke I would prefer that they spend their time and money on revenue enhancing endeavors rather then low life miscreants.
agklm1 May 04, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I used to live in the neighborhood surrounding Chestnut. Whenever I called the police or sent the Chief an email I always got a response. My concern, is the 12-17 years who hangout will be grownups soon enough........
John Harrington May 04, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Did you read where three cops were wounded today in a shoot-out with Hispanic gangs in Petaluma. Hold tight Livermore.
Lynn May 04, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I agree with Ceasar. Livermore is no where near East Oakland or Richmond. You guys scare WAY to easily. You guys see Mexicans and you're already scared. Wake up people and love your neighbor because that's what God calls us to do!
Lynn May 04, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Styler May 04, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Funny thing, those of us concerned about the area never once said anything about a particular race, those of you opposing us pulled the race card.
Ly May 04, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I grew up in Union City, which couldn't have been more diverse. I loved being around so many different cultures and learning from all of them. It's one of the reasons my parents decided to settle in Union City. We definitely had our share of violence and gang issues, which was why when my husband and I got engaged, he said, "We're moving to my side of the hill." I have NO problem with raising my kids in a diverse community but I do have issues with exposing them to gunfights. I remember being a young child and asking my mom if we could move, because something negative happened in our neighborhood. She reminded me that there are bad people everywhere, which is something that has been mentioned numerous times on the Patch. It's coming across as if the citizens of Livermore are just supposed to sit back and let bad things happen because, "It happens everywhere." Livermore is nowhere near some of the surrounding cities, when it comes to violence. But why not try and nip it in the bud before we're in above our heads?
Livermoron May 04, 2012 at 05:54 AM
80 cops in Livermore. From over 100 in the early 2000's. How's another city subsidized theater (think Bankhead but on a larger scale) going to do anything to fix that situation city council?
Sandy May 04, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Thank you, Styler.....Was thinking the same thing. I agree with every point you've made here. Couldn't have said it any better.
Styler May 04, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Thanks Sandy
Heidi Longoria May 04, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Mommyof4babies May 05, 2012 at 12:12 AM
.You can't fix it by going in and tearing down someones home that they own. They worked hard to purchase that home. Yes their is a codes violation for the graffiti. I know first hand about the codes seeing some neighbors get cited for having a couch type bench in their patio. But tearing down someones house or apartments people live in is not right. Maybe if these so called thugs that you talk about had better role models or someone to talk to instead of putting them down all the time. I don't live far from this neighborhood. I went to Junction. Stating that someone has to be home before it gets dark. That is funny. I have walked that street numerous times and my best friend lived in the apartments in front of junction for years. Having a groomed yard, or pretty neighborhood is not a guarantee for safety. It kills me to see all the racial hatred towards one another. Yes the are may need to be cleaned up but why don't you help the city about by volunteering to help them clean it up and paint the house/apartments. If you actual get to know the people in this neighborhood they are just like anyone else.
Lynette Jones-Murphy May 05, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I have read multiple responses of complants, bitching, whining and a poor Livermore attitude. Your either part of the problem or part of the solution. If you aren't trying to help this situation by giving your time, energy, and helping to better the lives of people struggling here in Livermore you are indeed part of the problem. Why not spend a day helping to clean up that area of Livermore, educate families, help the high risk children... Be a mentor and creat positive change....
ceasar villapando June 04, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Look i am all for having a peacefull town. But it seems like people have a hard time distinguishing between poverty, and crime. The crime you see in oakland, richmond, etc... is all result of poverty and gangs that are driven by MONEY. Livermore's gangs are kids who do what they do because they never got smacked into shape and disciplined when they were younger so they go do because they think they are tough. Simple to fix. It bothers me that people believe the root of these crimes are the "blight" some people claim to exist. Look at the houses in the area, they aren't half bad. The best way to fix this is to truely identify the problem causing it which isn't the area because its looked the same way for 20+ years. It all starts in the home, bad parenting. Throw as many gallons of fresh paint on the buildings it won't do anything if our youth are not being diciplined.
My Bohemian Spirit November 30, 2012 at 05:29 AM


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