Thursday, October 30, 2008

Suspect arrested in Citrus Heights home invasion

From Sandy Louey and David Richie: Sac Bee

Authorities arrested a 39-year-old man Monday afternoon in connection with last week's home invasion robbery in Citrus Heights.

Sean James Gwiazdowski was arrested on suspicion of robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, and vehicle theft in connection with Wednesday's incident, said Sgt. Josh McVay of the Citrus Heights Police Department.

A woman was held at knifepoint Wednesday morning after she returned home to her place in the 6500 block of Mariposa Avenue and interrupted a burglary. The woman struggled with Gwiazdowski, who allegedly held her against her will for about 30 minutes before he fled in her car with stolen property, police said.

McVay said teamwork with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department helped lead to the arrest.

Gwiazdowski was tracked to a home in the 6300 block of Channing Way in North Highlands where he was arrested at 3:31 p.m. Monday, said Sgt. Tim Curran, a spokesman for the sheriff's department.

Gwiazdowski was spotted driving the vehicle that he allegedly stole from the woman's home. Investigators were able to identify him and make the arrest.

The woman also identified him through a photo lineup, police said.

Resident's tip leads to pair's arrest on allegedly possessing burglary tools

From David Richie: Sac Bee

Roseville police officers are congratulating an alert resident who spotted a man using a flashlight to peer into a neighbor's locked vehicle about 2:40 a.m. Tuesday in the 2800 block of Courtside Drive, near Roseville Parkway and Eureka Road.

Officers spotted the suspect's vehicle in the 2800 block of Barret Drive with two men inside, as well as what officers described as burglary tools and shaved vehicle keys.

They arrested Richard Cale Anders, 24, of Roseville on suspicion of possessing burglary tools, unlawful possessing keys, loitering on private property and conspiracy. He also had two warrants out of Sacramento County. He was released from jail today with a date to appear in court.

Daniel Michael Sewell, 24, of Sacramento, was booked on similar charges, as well as suspicion of parole violation. He remains in custody.

Rocklin homeowner's tip leads to burglary suspect's arrest

From David Richie: Sac Bee

A homeowner's excellent description of a burglary suspect and his vehicle helped Rocklin police make an arrest earlier today.

Rocklin police have investigated at least six burglaries during the past few days where a burglar or burglars got away with numerous items, including jewelry, firearms and a computer, officials said. Burglaries have occurred in the Stanford Ranch area and off Midas Avenue.

During a burglary Wednesday a neighbor spotted the suspicious activity and provided police with the descriptions.

Earlier today, a city animal control officer spotted that vehicle and called the police. They stopped the black Ford 150 with distinctive markings near Pacific Street and Sunset Avenue.

Officers searched the vehicle, recovering property stolen in one of the recent burglaries. They arrested Shaun Alan Sterner, 23, of Lincoln on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property.

"The neighbor who contacted us after becoming suspicious of the male subject was instrumental in the arrest," said Lt. Ron Milka, Rocklin police spokesman.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Roseville cops notify residents of violent sex offender

By David Richie
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008 | Page 2B

Roseville police are notifying residents about the presence of convicted murderer and sex offender Michael Charles Etchison, who moved to the city last week.

On Tuesday morning, police distributed fliers around his new neighborhood with photographs of Etchison and the car he drives. They also released fliers to the news media.

Etchison, 53, is the subject of a community meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today at the Roseville Sports Center, 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd.

"This is the first time we have done a communitywide notification," said Dee Dee Gunther, Police Department spokeswoman. "His offenses were violent, and unlike the vast majority of sex offenders, he targeted strangers."

The department's Megan's Law public notification indicates that during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Etchison sexually assaulted four young women in San Mateo County. He attacked one woman at knifepoint after offering her a ride home. He assaulted three other women in the restroom at a drive-in movie theater, officials said.

Etchison's juvenile record includes the sexual assault and murder of a young woman in 1972, when he was 17.

Elaine Tipton, supervising deputy district attorney for the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office confirmed that Etchison served time in the California Youth Authority for murder. As an adult, he was convicted of sexual assault in 1979 and again in 1981 while on parole. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Tipton said.

"In December 2006, we aggressively sought a finding that he remained a sexually violent predator," Tipton said.

But a judge ordered Etchison released from custody.

Etchison answered the door at his house on Marblethorpe Drive, off Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard, early Tuesday afternoon. A copy of the Roseville police flier was still under the welcome mat on the front porch. "I think it's best that I wait until things die down a little," Etchison said when asked if he wanted to talk to a Bee reporter. "I really don't have any comment."

Etchison has served his entire prison sentence. He is not on parole or probation, and he is not wanted for any offense, Roseville officials said.

Megan's Law requires that Etchison notify local police when he moves into a community. "He did everything he is supposed to do," Gunther said.

The law also allows local officials to alert the community about the man's presence. "Our intention is not to create fear. Megan's Law is a notification law. We also are not going to tolerate any harassment of him," Gunther said.

There are 147 registered sex offenders living in Roseville. Not all are listed on the Megan's Law Web site because they have successfully petitioned to get off that list, or local police do not consider them a high risk, Gunther said.