UPDATED Annals of crime: Murder suspects arrested

UPDATED Annals of crime: Murder suspects arrested

Michele Ellson

Image courtesy of the Alameda Police Department.

Updated at 6:58 p.m. Monday, April 7

Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the 2010 murder of Eric Franklin, 35, including a man wanted in connection with a second killing in unincorporated San Leandro.

Sacramento police arrested Leondre Paige, 24, on March 15 at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento after he entered a rental car parked in the mall lot that had been reported stolen. They later learned that Paige, who Alameda police believe shot Franklin, was wanted by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office in connection with another killing in San Leandro.

Alameda police arrested a second suspect, Daquan Lane, 24, in Oakland on March 31, while Berkeley police picked up a third suspect, Monique Hardy-Gauthier, 26. Paige and Lane were arrested on murder charges, while Hardy-Gauthier was charged with obstruction, resisting arrest and driving without a license.

Alameda Police Lt. Jill Ottaviano said police didn't have a motive for the shooting.

Police said Franklin was shot in September 2010 after a conversation with an unidentified man near his apartment, on the 700 block of Eagle Avenue. Police said at the time that Franklin had been shot in the back three times and that the suspect got into a car with other people and drove off down Eagle Avenue and onto Constitution Way. Franklin was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland and later died.

The sheriff's office issued a warrant for Paige in 2011 in connection with the San Leandro killing but believed he had fled the state, the city said in a press release. After Paige was arrested in that case, local police determined that there was an unspecified connection with Franklin's killing and issued additional warrants for Lane and Hardy-Gauthier.

All three were due in court on Monday. Paige and Lane are in jail without bail, while Hardy-Gauthier's bail was set at $15,000, county inmate records show.

Burglary suspect nabbed

Alameda police have arrested a suspected burglar who they said was caught on tape taking items from an East End home in February.

Police arrested Frederick C. Smith, 48, of Oakland, after a five-hour stakeout. They said Smith admitted to burglarizing a home on the 3000 block of Madison Street on February 22 – a crime that was caught on the home’s surveillance feed.

Police said a Mound Street resident confronted Smith on Thursday after finding Smith loitering in his backyard and then called police, who said the man’s description was “strikingly similar” to that of their burglary suspect, for whom they were awaiting an arrest warrant.

Smith fled, but police were able to locate his car on the 2900 block of Fillmore Street, they said in a statement issued on the Nixle information service, and they waited for him to return.

“A lengthy five hour stake out lead to the suspect’s arrest, when he returned to his vehicle,” the statement said.

Smith was booked into Oakland’s North County Jail on charges of burglary and trespassing. He was released on bail Friday and was due to be arraigned Monday.

Police urged East End residents to be vigilant after a rash of car break-ins and also, burglaries that occurred while residents were at home. Police are still trying to determine who was responsible for the other burglaries.