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ALAMEDA — Darren D. Striplin, a 41-year-old resident of Oakland, is a longtime repeat offender. Striplin has been getting in trouble with the law since he was a juvenile. Striplin is behind bars at Santa Rita Jail again—this time for allegedly sexually molesting a child.
With help from U.S. Marshals, Alameda officers arrested Striplin on March 30 at 1:44 p.m. He was taken into custody on MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland.
He was booked on suspicion of making criminal threats and forcible oral copulation with a child under 14. Striplin is already a registered sex offender, stemming from a conviction in 1998 for forcible oral copulation with another child.
Striplin also presently stands accused of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Plus, he is accused of stalking and felon in possession of a stolen firearm.
Shortly after midnight on March 21, Alameda police responded to reported gunfire. Officers responded to the 2500 block of Central Avenue. They found a home riddled with bullet holes, but none of the residents inside were injured.
Video recorded by an automated license plate reader played a crucial role identifying Striplin as the shooting suspect. Investigators believe he targeted the home.
Striplin also faces special allegations because of his prior convictions. He has a bail hearing scheduled for April 7. He has been arrested 15 times since May 2014 for assaults, battery, forcible rape, DUI alcohol/drugs, and other offenses.