Man attacks, chases employee in Pinole police building

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Man attacks, chases employee at Pinole police building
Image courtesy of the Pinole Police Department.

An employee at the Pinole Public Safety Building suffered minor injuries when she was attacked and chased by a man at the front counter of the building’s reception area on Wednesday.

Police said the man, identified as 65-year-old Chester Victor of unincorporated San Pablo, entered the building at 880 Tennant Ave. about 4:15 p.m. and walked around the reception area while a police employee assisted a citizen at the front counter. He used the drinking fountain, then attempted to open the locked lobby door that leads to the police department’s inner office area.

He then sat down and waited about two minutes until the staff member finished up with the citizen. When the citizen left the area and the staff member greeted him at the counter, Victor responded by ringing the counter bell several times. Then, within seconds, he grabbed the staff member by her right arm.

“The victim fought back, and the subject pulled her toward him, preventing her from escaping,” police said. 

After the victim eventually broke from from his grasp, Victor climbed over the counter and through a window. The victim retreated to the main hallway as Victor chased after her. With help from coworkers, she made it to the administrative office area. By then, officers heard the disturbance and made their way to the reception area to detain Victor.

The victim sustained minor injuries to her right arm and is expected to make a full recovery. Victor was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on charges including burglary, kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery, assault, and a warrant.

The motive for the attack wasn’t immediately known. The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Pinole Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 510-724-1111.