Photo: Jeremy K. Castleberry
PLEASANTON — Police released a photo and issued a warning about a potentially armed and dangerous man in the area. Jeremy K. Castleberry, 28, evaded captured by several law enforcement agencies on September 25.
Castleberry presently has outstanding arrest warrants in Alameda County for burglary, forgery and identity theft. In addition, he is wanted for a car reported stolen in Santa Cruz County.
Castleberry has been arrested at least 10 times since 2015. These include arrests for battery, kidnapping and illicit drugs, among other crimes.
He fled when Pleasanton police spotted a stolen BMW on the morning of September 25. When officers attempted a traffic stop at 9:03 a.m. on Stoneridge Drive, Castleberry sped away driving against traffic onto Interstate 680.
Castleberry drove the wrong way onto an off-ramp during the morning rush hour. He continued driving southbound against traffic, leading officers to terminate their pursuit in the interest of public safety.
Nevertheless, officers spotted the car pulling over to the freeway shoulder near an overpass, where the suspect exited the stolen car. He hopped over a guardrail running down an embankment and into a creek, where officers lost sight of him.
With assistance from a California Highway Patrol helicopter and Alameda County sheriff’s deputies a perimeter was set up. Two separate K-9 teams were dispatched from Pleasanton PD and the sheriff’s office.
The public was advised to stay clear of the area, while authorities searched for Castleberry. They continued searching for two hours but were unable to locate him and cleared the perimeter.
Castleberry may still be in the area and Pleasanton police have asked the public to exercise caution. He was last seen wearing a white tee-shirt and carrying a large backpack. Anyone who sees Castleberry or has information about him should call 911.