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Body Found in Trash Can in Pleasanton Identified

Ana Flores-Pineda

Ana Flores-Pineda

The May 24th trash container homicide in Pleasanton has finally seen some closure after the victim's alleged killer, Javier Pablo Sandoval was arrested early Wednesday.

The initial description of the woman found is as follows: "The coroner's office determined the woman was probably Asian or Latino with dark hair and was about 5-foot-6 and weighed about 130 pounds. She was found wearing an Old Navy shirt and pajama bottoms. She was also wearing blue fingernail polish, red toenail polish and had three ear piercings in each ear with distinctive earrings. She had no tattoos or other markings."

The body found within the trash can has been identified as 25-year-old Ana Flores-Pineda of Stockton, who was originally located by Stockton police following a missing persons report.
According to investigators, the body had been in the trash can for "a few weeks," and as such was in a state of heavy decomposition.

Ana Flores-Pineda

Pleasanton police played a major part in ascertaining the identity of the body, working alongside Stockton detectives. They forwarded Flores-Pineda's DNA to a national database and searched dental records, also releasing a forensic anthropologist's sketch and several photographs of the victim's earrings.

A sculptor was due to create a bust of the victim before Javier Pablo Sandoval was linked to the homicide by DNA evidence and arrested.

Javier Prado Sandoval

Javier Prado Sandoval

Stockton police's public information officer stated that the motive of the murder was linked to domestic violence, and that Sandoval and Flores-Pineda were in what was referred to as "some type of relationship." It is unknown if the two were dating at the time of Flores-Pineda's death.

Further details have yet to be released, as the investigation is ongoing. Sandoval has been incarcerated in the San Joaquin County Jail for the time being, pending his trial.

This marks Stockton's 61st homicide of the year, surpassing last year's record high, standing at 58.

(Source: Pleasanton Weekly, News 10, Contra Costa Times)


Brother of Yahoo CEO Beats His Girlfriend

Mason Mayer - Woman BeaterMason Mayer (34), younger brother to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, was arrested on November 28th and charged with a trio of felonies: assault, false imprisonment, and domestic violence.

His ex-girlfriend, Kelli Ann Trent, delayed reporting these activites because he allegedly threatened to release nude pictures of her and beat her further. He claimed that he would use his family's prestige and wealth to ruin her name if she went to the police.

Trent described Mayer's history of domestic violence in court, backing her claims with post-abuse photographs taken of herself. According to her, this abuse carried on until the 24 of September, 2011, when he threatened to kill her after a beating.

Mayer allegedly ripped out her earrings, eyelashes, pulled out large clumps of hair, and slammed her head to the floor repeatedly, all while restraining and berating her. He then told her that the only way she'd leave their apartment alive was if he drove her to the Golden Gate Bridge, where he said she would jump or he would push her off.

Marissa Mayer Kelli Ann TrentA plea agreement was reached with prosecutors, and Mayer pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment and has been placed on probation for three years. This will be of use to Trent if she pursues a civil suit against Mayer in the future.

Mayer's Attorney: Martin Sabelli, graduated from Yale School of Law in 1990, and was licensed to practice law in California in 1993.

(Sources: SF Gate, Huffington Post)

Kelli Ann Trent


Japanese Diplomat on Trial for Domestic Violence

Yoshiaki NagayaYuka Nagawa, wife of San Fracisco Japanese Consulate official Yoshiaki Nagaya, called police on Tuesday regarding her husband's violent and abusive behavior. According to Nagaya, her husband had been systematically abusing her for 18 months, including punching, kicking, slapping, and even stabbing with a screwdriver. This behavior had allegedly been going on since January of 2011.

Yuka Nagaya says that she believes she would likely have been killed if she had not informed the police of her husband's actions. During the most recent attack, one which occurred on March 31st, she was pulled from a car, causing her head to strike against the concrete floor of a parking garage. This took place in their apartment in San Bruno.

Throughout her preliminary hearing, Nagaya produced pictures she had personally taken of the injuries she had sustained after each assault. She relayed precise, detailed descriptions of the abuse running back to the start in January 2011 when they lived in San Francisco.

The gravity of the beatings became apparent after she described several of the more brutal instances in court. Pertinent examples include attacks that left her with loose teeth, that left her unable to move for five hours, and that caused her to leave their residence and sit outside for hours on end before returning.

Nagaya was caught recording the testimony via a digital voice recorder, something Judge Lisa Novak noticed. She then reminded Nagaya that recording court proceedings is strictly forbidden unless permission is given. Nagaya revealed that she had recorded the first day of the hearing as well, and shared it with her attorney. Junju Suzuki stated that he did not tell his client to record any of the proceedings.

Yuka's testimony is to resume on Friday in the hearing that will decide whether Yoshiaki Nagaya faces trial on the 14 counts of domestic violence and three of assault. His plead thus far is not guilty to the accusations made.

(Sources: Inside Bay Area, Mercury News )


Japanese Diplomat Faces Domestic Violence Charges

Yoshiaki NagayaA  Japanese diplomat based in San Francisco has been charged with domestic violence/spousal abuse. He stands accused of:

  • Stabbing his 27 year old wife with a screwdriver
  • Pushing her from a moving car
  • Hitting her with a ceramic coffee mug
  • Knocking out one of her teeth
  • Stomping on her

The couple has been married for 18 months. The diplomat, Yoshiaki Nagaya, is a 32-year-old vice consul for the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco.

Nagaya has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is NOT eligible for diplomatic immunity because of the severity of the allegations against him. He was charged in San Mateo Superior Court with 13 counts of felony battery with intent to cause bodily injury and three counts of assault.

The last attack, which left Nagaya's wife with cuts on her face and elbows, occurred on March 30 and led her to go to the police, according to investigators. She had photographed her injuries.

Nagaya, who was arrested in early May, for now fully retains his position as vice consul at the Japanese consulate, Deputy Consul General Michio Harada said.

Nagaya, who lives in  San Bruno, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges. The judge in the case issued an order blocking Nagaya from directly seeing or contacting his wife, who remains in the United States.  He is free on bail.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)


Stabbing at Walmart in Fremont

A 26 year old transient woman stabbed her boyfriend at the Walmart on Albrae Street in Fremont, California yesterday evening. The boyfriend, also a 26 year old transient, suffered wounds to his hand and shoulder. Because the assault was an act of domestic violence, names are being withheld.

The man was treated and released from Washington Hospital on Mowry Avenue. The woman was arrested at the scene as being held.
I grew up in Fremont. My daughter was born at Washington Hospital, and my grandmother died there. I moved back there for two years about 5 years ago. Boy am I glad I missed the Walmart opening, but I saw it coming and got out in time. Now transient couples are having arguments that escalate to knife play in Walmart. My hometown.

I'll follow this story in the very unlikely event it goes to court.

(Source: KCBS Radio Story)


Redwood City Woman Pleads Insanity in Attempted Murder of Children

39 year old Philomena Brown, who is charged with attempted murder of her husband and two children, will plead not guilty by reason of insanity, according to defense attorney Vincent O'Malley. He does not dispute the charges by prosecutors that Brown hit her 23-year-old daughter in the head with a dumbbell and then punched her 13-year-old son during an assault in their Redwood City home on the morning of Monday, June 21st 2010.

In the weeks leading up to the alleged attack, her attorney claims that Brown had a "severe mental breakdown" and discussed with both family and friends that she felt  people wanted to torture her family. He further argues that she thought she was saving her family from a worse fate that would involve severe torture and murder at the hands of "conspirators."

Insane in the membrane.
Brown entered an initial plea of not guilty to five felonies.

(Source: San Jose Mercury News)


Redwood City Woman Charged With Assaulting Her Children

49-year-old Philomena Brown appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court to face charges that she attempted to kill her two children at their Redwood City home early the morning of Monday, June 21st. Brown is charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of felony cruelty to a child, and one count of felony inflicting a serious injury on a child. She didn't enter a a plea at her initial felony arraignment.

Officers responded to her home at  5:30 a.m. Monday and found Brown's 23-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son found injured. They were taken to Stanford Hospital, where  the daughter was found to have a skull fracture and was listed in stable condition the next day. The son, who complained of pain son, was released later the same day. The father, John Brown, was not injured.

Brown was arrested at 9 p.m. Monday after being released from the hospital where she had been placed under observation. San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies found her at a beach near Half Moon Bay that afternoon after her car was spotted in the beach's parking lot. She was booked into the San Mateo County women's jail, where she remains without bail.
Neighbors describe the Browns as a normal,  hard-working family. It seems like a lot of murderers, or attempted murderers are described as "normal" by their neighbors. So there are three possibilities that explain this:

1) It is normal to be a murderer,

2) People are completely incapable of making even a halfway accurate assessments of other people or

3) There is a fine line between "normal" person and homicidal maniac, and a little stress can quickly push anyone over the edge.

I think it is a combination of 1 and 2. What do you think?

(Source: KRON4)