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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.

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
Hi Mrs C.I READ UR POST AND I MUST SAY AM VERY HAPPY THAT U ARE SAFE.THE SOCEITY DOES NOT NEED SUCH WICKED MINDED CRIMINALS.I HPE U ARE FOLLOWING THE CASE BECAUSE I LEARNT HE IS BEIGN TRIED AT THE ALMEDA SUPERIOR COURT.I WORK FOR AN NGO TRYING TO PROTECT WOMEN AND CONSOLE THEM WHEN THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN TO THEM.WILL LIKE TO HAVE A CHAT WITH YOU. MY EMAIL IS JANETFRESH81@YAHOO.COM. WILL LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

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