42-Year-Old Man Arrested Near Northgate High School, Campus Placed On Lockdown

May 16, 2018 16:38 pm · 23 comments

A 42-year-old man was arrested near Northgate High School this afternoon for possession of stolen property and possession of a billy-club, according to the Walnut Creek Police Department.

Police say Fremont resident James Eron Nisleit was seen walking on campus in the parking lot carrying a bag and wearing camouflage clothing at 1:15 p.m.

Employees also reported the subject was associated with a vehicle that was parked in the school parking lot. It was later determined that the vehicle the subject was associated with was reported stolen in San Leandro, according to police.

With the assistance of the Sheriff’s helicopter, the responding officers located the subject, who was off campus walking on an adjacent trail. Officers detained and arrested Nisleit for possession of stolen property, and possession of an impact weapon (billy-club) that was found in Nisleit’s bag, according to police.

The man was taken in to custody without incident. As a precautionary measure, Northgate High School was on lockdown for about 20 minutes until the suspect was located and taken in to custody.

It appears the vehicle Nisleit was driving ran out of gas and he was walking around looking to acquire gas for the vehicle, police said.

There is no indication that Nisleit intended to harm students or staff at Northgate High School.

Runaround Blue May 16, 2018 at 5:32 PM

Possession of an impact weapon? That’s really pushing it, in fact that’s bs. I saw some students carrying baseball bags with them and they had bats in the bags, certainly impact weapons as well. Golfers as well with their clubs.

None the less he was up to no good, but having a club in a bag is not against the law unless he’s threatening someone with it.

Kentucky Derby May 16, 2018 at 8:58 PM

Possession of a Baton is illegal in CA. Look it up. There are several weapons that are considered a baton, and a billy-club is one of them.

Baseball bats are for baseball and golf clubs are for golf. There isn’t a sport that requires a billy-club.

MeCrazyWoman May 16, 2018 at 5:33 PM

Why didn’t he just steal another car?

Bluebird May 16, 2018 at 8:59 PM

That’s what I was wondering too. He had a club he could have used to break a car window.

Shoulda Coulda May 16, 2018 at 5:38 PM

Note to self-
Next time steal car with full tank of gas
or go for an electric car. Walking sucks.

TIFOKCIS May 16, 2018 at 5:54 PM

The car was also an impact weapon until it ran out of gas.

MEAGAIN May 16, 2018 at 6:18 PM

After a sturn warning and a nice warm meal he was turned loose to do it again tomorrow.

Runaround Blue May 16, 2018 at 7:27 PM

Yup he was already released..less than 4 hours later. He got his club back too.

Bluebird May 16, 2018 at 8:57 PM

Stern warning from the officers billy club I assume.

ConcordKate May 16, 2018 at 7:31 PM

What, exactly, is a Billy Club?

Bluebird May 16, 2018 at 8:54 PM

So after you look it up on google, tell this older generation what you young people call a billy club.

Whoe Jim May 16, 2018 at 8:52 PM

A Billy club is similar to a constables baton which is used to employ a heavy blow to someone…….

Anonymous Claycordian May 16, 2018 at 9:02 PM

So this guy from Fremont in a stolen car and camouflaged clothing just decided to drive towards the end of a Walnut Creek neighborhood street. He just so happens to stop in a parking lot that houses Northgate High School. Got it.

kilo May 16, 2018 at 11:31 PM

Don’t overthink it. Some tweak or mope that stole a car, ran out of gas, and is wandering around in camo in the middle of the daytime near a school likely is not employing sound logic and deductive reasoning. I doubt he is a master criminal. Just some moron our worthless neutered penal code can’t deal with.

Sign from Above May 17, 2018 at 8:31 AM

Hmmmm. The stories just don’t seem to match up. WCPD says the subject was associated with a stolen car parked in the school (student) parking lot and the suspect was seen walking on campus by school staff. Below is the message sent out by the principal. Seems quite a bit watered down! According to him, WCPD contacted them and advised of a suspicious person in the area and asked them to lock down………

If WCPD’s version is correct, the school should be praising the employees that observed him and reported the incident, rather that playing the whole event down. Irregardless of how it turned out, having a camo’d guy parking his stolen car in the student parking lot and walking around campus is a lot more concerning than what the principal is putting out. That combined with the fact that the all clear came out over the employees messaging system at the same time as the notice of lock down, doesn’t seem like this was a flawless event.

Greetings Northgate Community,

At approximately 1:20pm this afternoon Northgate received a call from the Walnut Creek Police Department informing us of a police activity in the vicinity of the school and we were asked to go on lockdown as a precautionary measure. Students and staff were immediately placed into rooms and instruction was allowed to continue.

The lockdown lasted approximately 15 minutes after which the Walnut Creek Police Department contacted Northgate HS releasing the lockdown. Students and staff were amazing in their efforts to comply with the WCPD requests.

Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation.

Michael McAlister, Principal
Northgate High School

WC resident May 17, 2018 at 10:57 AM

It sounds like one or more employees called the police department directly and likely remained on the phone with WCPD dispatch while observing the subject and so did not get a chance to notify the school’s administration office.

Our local schools are not set up like federal courthouses or prisons. I’d vote “no” on attempts to do that as I’d rather the money be spent in the classroom with a focus on education.

I’m happy with the current system and thank the alert employee(s) that called WCPD.

Sign from Above May 17, 2018 at 11:13 AM

@ WC Resident

?? The point was the two stories differ.

Marylou Edmondson May 17, 2018 at 11:01 PM

Please use regardless. Irregardless in non-standard.

Anonymous May 17, 2018 at 9:39 AM

Sign From Above – Did you get this in an email? I never received anything regarding what happened on campus. Usually, we get a call or email or both. I have to say I am pretty disappointed in the procedure and how this was reported….

Sign from Above May 17, 2018 at 11:24 AM

Yes. We received the email from the Principal last night. We are also set up to receive texts from the school. The initial alert and all clear messages came at the exact same time.

I actually think the situation on the ground was handled fantastic. The employees noticed the situation and reacted perfectly. Law enforcement responded immediately and handled the situation in a proficient manner. I’m very impressed by that.

The problem I’m having is that the principal’s message seems to water down what happened. As parents, we do not need to be coddled. We need to be able to trust what we hear from him. I think Mr. McAlister should have taken the opportunity to commend his staff for the way they handled the situation. Unfortunately, his message gives the impression he is covering something up…..

The other issue is the late notice that something was going on.

Kentucky Derby May 17, 2018 at 12:07 PM

I think the e-mail from the principal at Northgate is fine. The last thing the school needs is a bunch of over reactive parents bombarding the school with calls, emails, text messages, showing up in person, etc. and that’s exactly what you’d have if the principal went into “full disclosure.”

Sign form Above – You’re overreacting.

Sign from Above May 17, 2018 at 12:55 PM

@ KD

The email was received yesterday evening, several hours after the situation. You’d probably think differently if the situation turned out to be a true event! Not overreacting. Just want to make sure we can trust what is being said. Here is an email just received. This is what I would have expected last night. Thank you Mr. McAlister and thank you to the staff that reacted the way they did:

From the Principal’s Desk – May 17, 2018

Dear Northgate Community,

Thanks to the actions of faculty and staff, yesterday, we were able to efficiently and effectively lockdown the school and keep students and each other safe. So that you are clear on what happened:
Our teacher, Paul Gundelfinger reported a suspicious individual in the back parking lot. Campus supervisors investigated and WCPD was immediately notified.

The individual in question left the parking lot and headed to the open space on the east side of the campus. This same individual came back towards the school but was told by our computer and network technician, Ron Otero, to leave. The individual then left and walked along Castle Rock Road making a left into the adjacent park, off of the campus. The individual was arrested by WCPD as he walked toward Hutchinson Road.

Once the situation was deemed safe by WCPD, the lockdown was lifted. Texts were sent. An email to the parent community followed shortly thereafter. WCPD gave a press release, detailing the event. See the attached. Note: Despite rumors, the individual in question never came through the campus at any point.

Again, everyone did what they needed to do, including the students. We should feel confident that the plans in place are solid and effective. Kudos to everyone.
For transparency’s sake, be familiar with our Safety Information. See our attached safety poster and what we’ve got posted on our website, NHS Safety Information.
Next, student and staff safety is our primary concern. Our direct and unfettered communication between and among staff and law enforcement is secondary. Once all of the facts are known, communication with the parent community will immediately follow. This is what happened yesterday. If you didn’t receive our texts, register here. Similarly, if you didn’t receive my follow-up email sign up here.
As a parent, I realize that crisis communication protocols are a challenge. But letting law enforcement have free access to potentially volatile situations, and being able to readily and clearly coordinate with school site administration requires that we observe this protocol. The most helpful thing that the parent community can do in situations like this is to limit communication on our school lines and keep Castle Rock Road clear for first responders. Again, this is a difficult subject and a difficult request to put forward. But, should we ever need to, following these procedures may save lives.
Thanks for your continued support and understanding.


Michael G. McAlister
Northgate High School
(925) 938-0900 ext. 3500
Twitter: @NorthgateHS

ConcordMike May 17, 2018 at 12:10 PM

Fishy. Walking on trail looking for gas? Better start searching for hidden weapons along the trail or in the hills. Camouflage? Does he own any weapons, and if so, go take them away NOW before something happens. Very suspicious.
My opinion. Don’t like it, go get a box of kleenex.

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