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San Leandro Police Department
Sunday March 25th, 2012 :: 02:26 p.m. PDT


Homicide Suspect Arrested

Sandra Spagnoli Chief of Police
901 East 14th Street, San Leandro CA 94577


DATE / TIME OF RELEASE: 3/24/2012 1015 AM CRIME: Homicide

PRESS RELEASE OFFICER: Lt. Rick DeCosta TELEPHONE: (510) 577-3242

DATE / TIME OCCURRED: 3/23/2012 4:02 PM

LOCATION: 300 Block of Best Avenue

INVESTIGATING DETECTIVE(S): Detective Sergeant T. Henderson

SUSPECT(S): Edgar Alfonso Vasquez


The San Leandro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division was following up on credible leads in the stabbing death of a female on Best Avenue. Through interviews with family and friends of the victim, we determined that the suspect, Edgar Alfonso Vasquez (25 years old), and the victim had been involved in a dating relationship. One of the victim’s close friends witnessed the assault and immediately provided investigators with the suspect’s identity and home address (1600 block of 162nd Avenue).

In the late evening of 3/23/2012 Detectives were in the area of 162nd Avenue and Marcella Street when the suspect’s vehicle was located around the corner from his residence. Detectives conducted surveillance on the suspect’s residence and personnel from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT Team were called to assist.

Several calls via PA speaker were made into the suspect’s residence, ordering him to come outside, however he did not respond. After several hours with no response, the SWAT Team entered the residence and the suspect was located hiding in a bedroom. When the SWAT Team confronted the suspect he resisted arrest and was forcibly taken into custody. The arrest took place in the early morning hours of 3/24/2012.

The suspect sustained injuries from dog bites when the Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 was deployed during his arrest. The suspect was taken to an area hospital where he is being guarded by San Leandro Police Department personnel.

Lieutenant DeCosta said, “A violent and tragic day ended with the arrest of the person we feel is responsible. With assistance from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, an extremely violent person was taken off the streets today.”

A motive in this case has not yet been established. The victim’s name is not being released until proper identification and family notifications can be made


San Leandro Police Department
901 E 14th St
San Leandro, CA 94577

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 510-577-2740

Jeff Tudor
Criminal investigations

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