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Sacramento police investigate series of apt. laundry room burglaries

SACRAMENTO, CA - Police are investigating six thefts of coin-collecting mechanisms from the laundry rooms of Sacramento apartment complexes.

In one case, one robber brandished a gun at a tenant and in two other crimes, an entire coin-operated washing machine and dryers were taken.

Police think the same two people broke into the laundry rooms. They were described as men, black, 25 to 30 years old. One of them was described by witnesses as having a thin build and short Afro-style hair and a goatee.

Sacramento standoff ends with arrest of rape suspect

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA - A man taken into custody after a standoff with police SWAT Sunday afternoon was arrested and booked into custody on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.

Sacramento police said the incident was preceded by their investigation of a report by the alleged victim she had been raped over the last several months. Sunday afternoon, officers went to the 7600 block of Windbridge Drive in the Pocket area to contact suspect Rondell Shavell Baptiste, 32.

The police report said Baptiste refused to leave the apartment so SWAT was called. Eventually, Baptiste gave up and was arrested.

Baptiste faces booking charges of rape, sexual penetration with a minor under age 14, and lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under age 14.

Woman shot in front of Sacramento pizzeria

SACRAMENTO, CA - What started as an argument between two men over a parking space left a woman shot in front of a Sacramento pizza restaurant Monday evening.

According to preliminary information from witnesses, one of the men got into his car in front of the Round Table restaurant at 3000 Freeport Boulevard, backed up the car and fired one shot. The shot hit a woman in the thigh. She appeared to be an innocent bystander.

The woman was transported to an area hospital. Her condition was unknown.

Sacramento police were looking for the gunman who escaped in a possibly silver-colored car headed northbound on Freeport.

Mother and daughter pled guilty to Sacramento burglaries

SACRAMENTO, CA - A mother and daughter entered guilty pleas to a string of burglaries and will each receive an eight-year prison term at their sentencing next month, says a Sacramento County district attorney spokesperson.

Helen Costello and daughter Shirley Costello were accused of targeting elderly residents in the Tahoe Park, Arden Arcade and Meadowview neighborhoods, said D.A. spokesperson Shelly Orio. Their ploy was go up to potential victims and act like a former neighbor or pretend they were thinking of buying in the neighborhood or buying a used car. They would gain entrance to the resident's home and one would distract the victim while the other stole valuables.

In one case, the women asked if the child with them could use the bathroom so they could get into the residence and burglarize it, Sacramento police said.

The pair pled to five counts of felony burglary.

Feds: Ringleader of area immigration marriage fraud scheme pleads guilty

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Citrus Heights man faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced after pleading guilty to immigration fraud involving what the U.S. Attorney's Office said was a scheme to allow foreign nationals to come to the U.S. under false marriages.

Federal prosecutors said Sergey Potepalov, 57, was the mastermind of a group of 14 defendants who arranged for foreign nationals from Eastern Europe and Russia to marry U.S. citizens to obtain fiance visas and green cards to be in the U.S. The involved U.S. citizens were paid up to $5,000 to participate in the conspiracy and the foreign nationals paid up to five figures, according to court documents.

The defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, to defraud the United States, to make false statements, and to induce an alien to enter and remain in the United States.

Sacramento PD unveils new online crime mapping tool

SACRAMENTO, CA - Want to know what and where crimes are being reported in your community?

The Sacramento Police Department says residents can do that now with its new online crime mapping website tool.

The program works on computers and iPhones. The user selects the city and up pops icons depicting the various crimes, the street block and when they were reported.

Crime reports in any city that subscribes to RaidsOnline can be checked.

Laptop stolen, shots fired in Sacramento home invasion

SACRAMENTO - A laptop was stolen in a brazen home invasion on the 2600 block of Second Avenue in Sacramento Wednesday morning.

According to initial Sacramento police reports, two individuals ran into a man's home around 3:30 a.m., grabbed his laptop computer and ran back out the door.

The victim ran after the alleged thieves and was shot at, said police.

The homeowner was not injured.

Sacramento police were called to the scene but did not locate any suspects.