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Saturday, March 31, 2012
Emeryville Police Catch Alleged Kidnapper
Re posted from the Oakland Tribune:
Emeryville police arrest man suspected in two sex-related attacks
Posted: 03/30/2012 02:06:53 PM PDT
Updated: 03/30/2012 10:24:17 PM PDT
A 30-year-old Oakland man faces a possible life sentence after being charged
with four felony counts in connection with sex-related attacks on two women earlier
this month in Emeryville, police said Friday.
Emeryville police Detective Eric White said both women have identified Bashar
Aremu as their attacker.
White said Aremu has denied involvement in the attacks, which happened
March 10 and 14.
Aremu has been charged with two counts of kidnapping to commit a sex crime or robbery, one count of
sexual battery and one count of false imprisonment. The kidnapping to commit a sex crime or robbery
charge carries a life with possibility of parole sentence if he is convicted. He is being held without bail
and is scheduled to enter a plea April 12.
Police said Aremu wore a security guard uniform in the March 14 attack when he followed a woman
to her car, which was parked in a garage in the 2100 block of Powell Street. The woman, who White
said heroically "kept her cool," told police the man put a knife to her neck, forced her into her car trunk
and threatened to rape and kill her.
She was able to open the trunk and escape after the car stopped at the garage's exit.
In the March 10 incident, a restaurant employee said a gunman grabbed her by the throat, demanded
money and forced her to remove her shirt and lie on the floor in the back of the restaurant before he fled.
Police quickly identified Aremu as the suspect and began
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