On Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018, San Leandro Police detectives arrested 25 yr-old Oakland resident, Darius Hill, for multiple residential burglaries he committed in San Leandro.
Hill was arrested in Oakland near his home after he fled from officers who tried to detain him. San Leandro police detectives have been searching for Hill since early September when he burglarized two homes on Woodland Ave and Oaks Blvd. in San Leandro.
On September 6th, 2018, San Leandro police officers responded to a report of a residential burglary on Woodland Ave. in the early morning hours. When officers arrived they found signs of a burglary-in-progress. As additional units responded, the suspect, later identified as Darius Hill fled the house to an adjacent yard on Oaks Blvd.
Hill, in his attempt to escape, broke into the garage of a home on Oaks Blvd. and hid from officers who were searching the area. Before officers could search the garage, Hill located a bicycle and fled, riding away past officers.
Officers chased Hill on the bicycle to Dowling Blvd. where he abandoned the bike and again ran into the rear yard of a home. Officers again began searching the area where Hill was last seen. A short time later, Hill was seen exiting the block and getting into a vehicle that arrived to pick him up.
Officers followed that vehicle to Oakland where Hill exited and again ran from officers. San Leandro Police detectives continued to investigate the case, and eventually identified Darius Hill as the suspect. An Alameda County judge issued a $100,000 warrant for Hill’s arrest.
On October 3rd, SLPD detectives located Hill in Oakland and began surveillance. When detectives found an opportunity to detain him, he again fled from officers by jumping fences in the neighborhood.
Hill was located when a resident in the neighborhood alerted police that a person was trying to come in through her back door. The resident later saw the subject (Hill) enter her rear garage. Officers surrounded the home and later located Hill hiding in a closet.
Detectives later searched Hill’s home and vehicle and located 5 handguns and numerous rounds of ammunition. Four of the handguns were reported stolen.
“A lot of work went into identifying and locating this wanted subject,” said San Leandro Police Lieutenant Isaac Benabou. “Darius Hill has eluded officers for weeks, but the detectives remained focused and determined to catch this suspect.”
The case will be presented to the Alameda County District Attorney for charging on Friday, Oct 5th. In the meantime, Hill remains in custody at Alameda County’s Santa Rita jail in Dublin.