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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2012 Most Wanted Turns Himself In.
Oakland, CA – One of Oakland’s four most wanted suspects has been taken off the streets. Last week, Oakland’s Police Chief Howard Jordan named Van Chau as one of the City’s four most wanted criminals. Today, the Oakland Police Department reports that Van Chau is off the streets of Oakland and is safely behind bars after turning himself in due to media pressure. Chief Howard Jordan said, “A week ago I stood with community members and asked the community to stand with me to fight crime and today we have one less criminal on our streets. Today a victim is one step closer to justice.” On February 13, 2012, the Oakland Police Department was contacted by an attorney representing wanted suspect Van Chau. Chau was identified as the person responsible for assaulting his victim with a deadly weapon, leaving the victim hospitalized with serious head injuries, on December 9, 2011, at 12:23 am. Chau told investigators that he saw himself on television and received phone calls from family and friends advising him he was wanted by police. The Oakland Police Department would like to thank the media and the community for their assistance. Background: On February 7, 2012, at 11:30 am, Chief Howard Jordan was joined by City Administrator Deanna Santana, Council Member Pat Kernighan and members of the community during a press conference, to discuss the recent spike in crime. The related press release is archived at: http://oakland.granicus.com/Media Player.php/publish id=80 Contact Information OPD/ATF Gun Tip line 510-517-8793 OPD Homicide email: firstname.lastname@example.org Crime Stoppers 510-777-8572 or 777-3333 Non-emergency phone numbers 510-777-3333 February 7, 2012 Press Conference (link) http://oakland.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=80
Media Contact: Officer Johnna Watson Ms. Cynthia Perkins Media Relations Office 510-238-7230 email@example.com
News from: The Oakland Police Department February 14, 2012 Page Two
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Van, Chau DOB: 05/05/1975
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