Woman Chased by Stranger on Vineyard Road

Monday, a Novato woman walking her dogs reported that she was followed by a car and then later chased on foot by the driver. Police are checking to see if there is a link with a suspect they are seeking in an alleged attempted kidnapping in Emeryville.

A woman told police she was followed by a driver Monday morning around her westside Novato neighborhood and later chased on foot by the man while she was walking her two dogs.

The woman told that the man matches the description of a suspect sought by Emeryville police for alleged attempted kidnapping and a separate attempted robbery. Both incidents occurred in Emeryville and both victims were women.

Emeryville police confirmed that they will be following up with Novato police. "We'll be in contact with Novato PD to see if there is a possible link to their investigation," said Sgt. Fred Dauer of the Emeryville Police Department.

Novato police Sgt. James Tross said that they have been in contact with Emeryville police and are still investigating the incident in Novato.

Emeryville police have issued a photo and news release seeking the public's help in locating Bashar Aremu, a 30-year-old man, 6-foot tall and approximately 230 pounds, who may be working as a security guard.

The Novato woman reported that she was walking on Eucalyptus Avenue at about 9:30 a.m. when a man in his mid-to-late 20s drove by in a light-blue older model sedan without hubcaps.  The driver waved to the woman and then continued to drive to Santa Ynez Circle.

Shortly after, as she walked along Vineyard Road, the woman saw the same car pass her and drive onto Racquet Court and then turn left onto Vineyard, where the driver stopped. She said the man got out of his car and began following the woman on foot. 

The woman said that she began running and said the man chased her along Vineyard. She then turned left on Mill Road toward a friend’s house. She reported to police that she believed that the man pretended to be a jogger when a white truck approached the intersection at Vineyard and Mill.

She said while running on Mill she looked back saw the man run back in the direction of his car. She later saw the car traveling southwest on Trumbull Avenue, turn right on Mill and head toward Santa Maria Drive.  She then saw the car again headed in the opposite direction toward Wilson Avenue.

She described the man as a black male in his 20s, standing about 5-foot-8 to 6 feet with short hair and a round face. In an e-mail to Novato Patch, the woman said the man was wearing darker clothing and was possibly heavyset.

Novato police Lt. Keith Heiden said witnesses to the incident should speak to an investigator by calling at 415-897-1122.

Pebes March 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
So a disrespectful picture of a 17 year old on Facebook justifies following, confronting and killing him? well shit, Steven, looks like were going to have a lot of dead teenagers on our hands. By the way, it seems there's an email being passed around by bigots which purportedly shows pictures from Trayvon Martin's facebook page looking very disrespectful. I this where you get your info? well, its fake. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/25/1077684/-Racist-False-Travon-Facebook-picture-being-circulated
Steven Norwin March 26, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Pebes, no need for crappy language, this is a discussion not a cross exam. BTW...that gansta picture WAS Trayvon Martin's actual FaceBook page until it was blocked and now unblocked with a better image photo. You can continue to be in denial of the world and the people in it, but please don't bully your ignorance on me. I am perfectly confident trusting my own judgement and instincts!
Pebes March 26, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Mark Burnham March 26, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Hey Pebes!! This one is for you... http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-26/news/os-trayvon-martin-zimmerman-account-20120326_1_marijuana-report-press-conference-gated-community Any thoughts on your earlier ascertion that Zimmerman hunted this guy down, confronted him and killed him?
Christine March 26, 2012 at 08:44 PM
@Mark, Thank you for this link. Lord knows CNN won't put it out there with their one sided reporting!
Pebes March 26, 2012 at 09:26 PM
i said he followed him, not hunted him. everything else is right there in the story you linked. also, its an account of Zimmerman's statements, kinda hard to find out if he's telling the truth since the other side can't tell his side of the story. look, I'm not one of the people saying they should hang Zimmerman. but the whole "black guy looking suspicious" thing is wholly evident. We had one person in this thread already saying the police should stop every black man driving around novato's white, exclusive neighborhoods. And then another poster regurgitating false crime statistics from a white supremacist organization. there are many, many black people who live in Novato who are just like you and me. they are not involved in criminal activity, just going about their daily business without bothering anyone. They are my neighbors and they are yours. If, like most of the comments in this thread, these commentors had not brought race into it, then the comparison would not be valid. but they did- so it is. what about you? You think the kid should have been killed?
Jimmy jack March 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM
What every one should know. Don't call 911 on a cell phone. Your call will go to the CHP Vallejo, It may not be answered right away. Call 0 operator, tell them to call local Police. Use 911 from a land line.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr March 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM
@ Pebes, I am really glad that you mentioned Travon. The "New Black Panthers" said that if the police were not going to do justice that they would do it themselves. It just so happens that was the motto of the Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War. So! Racism does go both ways!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr March 26, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I cannot say because I was not there, but an independent witness was reported on CNN/HLN that Travon was on top of Mr. Zimmerman, beating the crap out of him. @ Pebes, Is that "something"?
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr March 26, 2012 at 11:25 PM
That was my campaign slogan, crime is up. But 20,000 Novato voters have not yet been actual, personal victims of crime, so they did not bother to vote in the last council election. BTW, I also campaigned on getting rid of the chief because his policies did not protect the community.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr March 26, 2012 at 11:26 PM
You can ask the chief and the council, but if you do then they will arrest you at the council meeting as they did to me. That was what I was asking.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr March 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM
If your cellular phone provider registers your city of residence associated with your phone number, then 9-1-1 will be answered locally.
Pebes March 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Jerome- no doubt. Racism is abhorrent in every instance.
Jack Grier March 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Yukon Jack If we as citizens of Novato are vigilant and rely on each other we can make our own security force of citizens. Say hi to your neighbors, wave at familiar faces and just look out for each other. Had I been out on my bicycle this chump may have had the displeasure of meeting me. We own homes, pay taxes and care very much for our neighborhoods and our neighbors.
NovatoGuy March 27, 2012 at 04:09 AM
http://mobile.sfgate.com/sfchron/db_41685/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=I9lCezPB Looks like Treyvon may not have been innocent as we all may have thought. He may have assaulted the security guard. Now go-ahead and call me a racist.
NovatoGuy March 27, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Apparently, it get's worse. Reports that Trevon was beating the crap out of the security guard. AND, Trevyon was busted for stealing as well. Check out these links. I know, I know, stating facts makes a person a racist. Got it, thanks. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/03/26/national/a142150D15.DTL http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/26/3515140/multiple-suspensions-paint-complicated.html
Tina McMillan March 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
This story is a tragedy for everyone involved. If Zimmerman had not been carrying a gun both people would likely be alive today. There is real danger in carrying a lethal weapon as part of neighborhood watch. According to what has been stated by both sides Zimmerman called in a report to police of a suspicious person. Police told him not to approach. Then the rest is speculation. Did Zimmerman approach Trayvon? Did Trayvon approach Zimmerman? Was Trayvon on top of Zimmerman beating him up when Zimmerman shot Trayvon? What would Zimmerman have done if he didn't have a gun? Why would Trayvon attack Zimmerman? Did Trayvon perceive Zimmerman as a threat? Did he also believe his life was at stake? No matter what site or newspaper people post from the reality is that we don't yet know the facts. That's why we have a system of justice in which police investigate. It would seem more reasonable if we could wait to hear the facts before making a judgment about either man. The tragedy of what happened will stay with both families for the rest of their lives. We need to take a step back to understand what actually happened and to appreciate what it means to families living in neighborhoods where crime is so high that they feel the need to be armed and to have "stand your ground" laws.
Demosthenes March 27, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Good points.
Steven Norwin March 27, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Tina, I know you are aware of the 2nd amendment "The Right To Bear Arms". Everyone has a right to protect themselves in self deense. Let all sides of the story come out and you will be amazed how much more there is to this tragic news!
NovatoGuy March 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
What do you get out your political correctness, Tina? Do you make money off of some politically correct interest? With politically correct people like you, there is no logic. There is no amount of expaining or spelling out that will work for brainwashed PC zombies. The fact that this kid may have been beating up the security guard, badly, and that he's been busted for stealing means nothing to PC people like you. I wonder, though, if you were raped (god forbid) or mugged, or stabbed, or beaten up by someone like Treyvon, or one of your loved ones were, if you'd have a different opinion. Or, if someone like Treyvon broke into your home, raped, and robbed you, what would you say? "Go ahead, there's some money in that box you missed?" And then advocate for him to not go to prison because "he's a good boy"? I honestly think people like you...the PC apologists and race card pullers are really brainwashed and are lucky enough to not be a victim of the very people your heart bleeds for. OK, go ahead and pull your race card and call me a racist.
NovatoGuy March 27, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Jim, there's just no hope for the PC, race card pullers. I just wonder what they'd be saying if Treyvon was smashing THIER head into the sidewalk.
Pebes March 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
wait, so you're not racist? didn't you claim that black people are more likely to be criminals? There must be some reason for that, what do you think it is? Don't give us some PC answer. there must be something different about them right?
Pebes March 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Why would i have to travel? I'll just ask my coworker and my dentist why (if they haven't already) they are probably going to commit a violent crime soon. I'll make sure and tell them that if they get pulled over in their neighborhood because of the amount of pigment in their skin, its just what light skinned people need to do to make sure we're safe from people like them. does that about cover it?
Tina McMillan March 28, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Novato Guy I think most folks would not describe me as politically correct, brainwashed or a zombie. I have spent thirty years working in a field where conflict is a constant reminder of the damage we do when we assume we know the truth. As far as Trayvon and Zimmerman are concerned we may never completely understand what happened but we don't need to play into the media biases by taking sides. We are talking about a tragedy that may or may not have been based in fear about race and that may have been avoidable if Zimmerman had not been armed with deadly force. What if Zimmerman had been carrying a taser or pepper spray? Those devices can stop an attack without the use of deadly force. All I suggested was waiting before making comments that on their face seem spurious. Don't assume you know me just because we disagree on this issue and have the courage of your convictions to use your actual name and not a pseudonym.
NovatoGuy March 28, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Tina: witnesses say they say Treyvon smashing Zimmerman's head into the sidewalk. I wonder how YOU would react it Treyvon had been smashing YOUR head into the sidewalk? It's OK for Treyvon to use deadly force and smash someone's head into the sidewalk, but it's not okay for the security guard to use deadly force? Maybe a slap on the wrist for Treyvon would be more appropriate?
Tina McMillan March 28, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Novato Guy Talking to you is like talking to a brick wall. I am not defending Trayvon or Zimmerman. I think its a tragedy that a 17 year old boy is dead and a 28 year old man has to live with the death because he was carrying a gun. I know we don't have all the facts. I will not condemn either man.
Demosthenes March 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Your stats are bogus. The greatest predictors for criminal behavior are sex, age, income, and education, in that order. there are disparities by "race" but these change by region and community size and makeup. in my opinion it probably has something to do with the continuing and incomplete changes in the roles in society. It would be dumb to look so superficially at the crime stats and end up drawing the wrong conclusions. for example, by using real crime states to figure out who to avoid: if you see a male of any color in their twenties with no college degree and an income of less then 19K per year- just turn around and walk the other way.
The Real Mustang March 29, 2012 at 12:48 AM
How did this go from a story about a woman being chased by some douche bag on Vineyard Rd to a slap fight about stuff that is happening in Florida? Stay on topic you self important internet trolls!
Dexter Kaziff March 30, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Google Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.
JANET June 25, 2012 at 02:21 PM


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