Martinez Man Arrested for Shooting at Unoccupied Vehicle

January 26, 2013 19:39 pm · 23 comments

On Friday at 12:41 in the afternoon, Martinez Police dispatch received numerous 911 calls of a shooting in the 3400 block of Sentinel Drive. While en route, dispatch learned that one party had fled the scene in a white, Dodge Dakota pick-up truck that was last seen north on Pine Street from Sentinel.

Arriving units were directed to the 100 block of Wawona Circle, where a male caller advised that he had just shot at his friend.

Preliminary investigation determined the victim came to the Wawona Circle address to collect on a possible drug debt. The victim approached the residence and the resident fired several shots from a rifle into the victim vehicle, according to police. The victim was not shot at, nor injured during this incident.

The resident, 47-year-old Brian Hope, was arrested for shooting at an unoccupied vehicle.

Anon January 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Well looks like a crappy part of Martinez has just been identified. Still can’t beat Monument Blvd in Concord though.

anon January 26, 2013 at 8:23 PM


California nightmare January 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM

You will be seeing more of this as Governor Brown’s plans to release more criminals continues, and as more low lifes decide that stealing and growing pot beats working for a living.

The war against drugs is over. The good guys lost.

9 deuce daisy January 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

What a bunch of freakin losers.

concord99 January 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Wow, I thought that was a safe area, by Raleys, Payless, the movie theater, etc. It’s also near the Section 8 office and the welfare office.

Atticus Thraxx January 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Amazes me that as a druggie you can establish any kind of credit line with your drug dealer. Seems shortsighted. Helps if your dealer can’t hit a man sized target in his driveway with a frickin’ rifle I suppose.

Craig C January 26, 2013 at 9:29 PM

That’s actually really nice up there. Damn Drug Demon can pop up anywhere in anyone. It’s idiots like that who fuel the Government to take the honest people’s Guns. I’m glad no Children are Neighbors were injured.

Jerk January 26, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Huh? That’s gov’t housing.

Duuuuhhhh January 26, 2013 at 10:43 PM

911: what’s your emergency?

Dummy: I want to turn myself in.

911: for what?

Dummy: shooting at my friend who wasn’t in the empty car.

911: why did you do that?

Dummy: drugs.

Anon January 26, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Releasing criminals makes for cheaper policing, just read this:

Now that the United States has the world’s highest reported rate of incarceration, many criminologists are contemplating another strategy. What if America reverted to the penal policies of the 1980s? What if the prison population shrank drastically? What if money now spent guarding cellblocks was instead used for policing the streets?

“If you had a dollar to spend on reducing crime, and you looked at the science instead of the politics, you would never spend it on the prison system,” Micheal Jacobson, president of the Vera Institute of Justice and former New York City correction and probation commissioner, said.

In short, what would happen if the rest of the country followed New York City’s example?

As the American prison population has doubled in the past two decades, the city has been a remarkable exception to the trend: the number of its residents in prison has shrunk. Its incarceration rate, once high by national standards, has plunged well below the United States average and has hit another new low, as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced recently. And crime in the city has fallen by more than 75 percent, almost twice as much as in the rest of the country.

Whatever has made New York the safest big city in America, that feat has certainly not been accomplished by locking up more criminals.

“The precise causes of New York’s crime decline will be debated by social scientists until the Sun hits the Earth,” said Michael Jacobson, a criminologist who ran the city’s Correction and Probation Departments during the 1990s and is now the president of the Vera Institute of Justice, a criminal justice research group. “But the 50,000-foot story from New York is that you can drive down crime while decreasing your jail and prison population — and save a huge amount of money in the process.”

New York’s singular success has attracted attention across the country from public officials whose budgets have been strained by the prison boom. The 2.3 million people behind bars in America, a fifth of the world’s prisoners, cost taxpayers more than $75 billion a year. The strict penal policies were intended to reduce crime, but they have led to a historic, if largely unrecognized, shift in priorities away from policing.

“The United States today is the only country I know of that spends more on prisons than police,” said Lawrence W. Sherman, an American criminologist on the faculties of the University of Maryland and Cambridge University in Britain. “In England and Wales, the spending on police is twice as high as on corrections. In Australia it’s more than three times higher. In Japan it’s seven times higher. Only in the United States is it lower, and only in our recent history.”

Before the era of mass incarceration began in the 1980s, local policing accounted for more than 40 percent of spending for criminal justice, while 25 percent went to prisons and parole programs. But since 1990, nearly 35 percent has gone to the prison system, while the portion of criminal justice spending for local policing has fallen to slightly more than 30 percent.

New York, while now an exception to the mass-incarceration trend, also happens to be the place that inspired it. When New York State four decades ago commissioned an evaluation of programs to rehabilitate criminals, the conclusions were so discouraging that the researchers were initially forbidden to publish them.

Eventually one of the criminologists, Robert Martinson, summarized the results in 1974 in the journal Public Interest. His article, “What Works? Questions and Answers About Prison Reform,” was soon known as the “nothing works” thesis. Dr. Martinson concluded that rehabilitation strategies “cannot overcome, or even appreciably reduce, the powerful tendencies of offenders to continue in criminal behavior.”

An outgrowth of the study was a consensus to eliminate parole for many offenders and to mandate long sentences determined by formulas rather than rely on the discretion of judges and parole boards.

Dr. Martinson wrote an article in 1979 recanting his “nothing works” conclusion, but by then it was too late. The trend toward tougher sentences continued, causing prison populations to grow rapidly in the 1980s throughout the country, including in New York. When crime kept rising anyway, sentences often were further lengthened.

But New York diverged from the national trend in the early 1990s, when it began expanding its police force and introduced a computerized system to track crimes and complaints. Officers also aggressively enforced laws against guns, illegal drugs and petty crimes like turnstile jumping in the subways. Arrests for misdemeanors increased sharply.

Yet serious crime went down. So though more people were being locked up for brief periods — including many who were unable to make bail and were awaiting trial — the local jail population was shrinking and fewer city residents were serving time in state prisons.

“Even with more people coming into the system, the overall bed count was declining because people weren’t staying as long,” Dr. Jacobson, who was correction commissioner from 1995 to 1998, recalled.

“It was a nightmare to administer because there was so much churning and turnover, but it was good news for the city.”

Saving $1.5 Billion a Year

Even as the city grew by nearly a million people in the last two decades, the number of New Yorkers behind bars fell by a third, to below 40,000 today.

If the city had followed the national trend, nearly 60,000 additional New Yorkers would be behind bars today, and the number of city and state correction officers would have more than doubled since 1990, said Franklin E. Zimring, a criminologist at the University of California, Berkeley.

By not expanding the jail and prison populations, he calculates in his 2011 book, “The City That Became Safe,” the city and the state have been saving $1.5 billion a year, more than twice as much as it cost to finance the additional police officers in the 1990s.

Starfish January 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

….and I thought lsd had gone away during the flower power days. lol

Mark January 27, 2013 at 4:40 AM

You know it’s a crappy day when your friend starts shooting up your car with a rifle when you drop by for a visit…..

WOW January 27, 2013 at 5:50 AM

@ # 10
I guess you do not get the point behind, “posting a LINK”. Was that a joke? Who posts a link then cuts and pasts 97 paragraphs of the exact same information? Did you just want to give proof that the Internet exists? Well done.
To further elaborate my point see this link…

WOW January 27, 2013 at 6:11 AM

@ # 10
Could you post a link to the letter “e” for me? Due to a spelling error I need one in my previous post.

dinkydau January 27, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Of course the guy who did the shooting had an ‘Assault Rifle”. I guess those are the only weapons that do most of the killing right??

Ancient Mariner January 27, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Leave No. 10 alone.
I appreciated the effort and I found the information very eye-opening.
Although I think you have your introduction backwards. Reading the article, it seems that increased spending on aggressive policing (especially for less important crimes) will cause a reduction in prison population.

Darwin January 27, 2013 at 8:59 AM

there’s no HOPE for him….Loser…

vigilante#1 January 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Just start killing the people on death row. We could pay China back in about a year or two.

J. January 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Don’t do drugs.

Apollo Idol Prudence January 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

whaever happened to the martinez couple that kdnapped the teenaged girl a few months back?

Apollo Idol Prudence January 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM
dilligafman January 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM

this idiot sounds about as sharp as a bowling ball!!!

Anonymousofficer January 29, 2013 at 6:11 AM

That neighborhood is ghetto as hell. Bunch of tweekers & theives! What do you expect for that area. It’s the Martinez town homes. The infamous Moutan Clan originate there. Drug dealing sleaze bags like the meth pushing scumbag punk that drives the mustang & can hardly even see over the steering wheel. That’s what you get for public housing.

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