SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) – The suspect accused of striking and killing a man with a pickup truck outside a San Leandro business is set to be arraigned in court on Thursday, according to authorities.
On Tuesday police identified the man who was hit with pickup truck as 54-year-old Takeshi Watanabe of San Leandro.
Watanabe was an employee at the True World Foods San Francisco warehouse at 1815 Williams St. in San Leandro. He was trying to stop the suspect, identified by police as 27-year-old Kadeem Edwards of Richmond, who allegedly was stealing pallets from outside the warehouse Monday.
Watanabe was struck and killed at about 11:45 a.m. Monday after he got into an altercation with Edwards in the rear area where trucks load food products for delivery, San Leandro police spokesman Lt. Robert McManus said.
Watanabe was pronounced dead at the scene and the incident is being investigated as a homicide, McManus said.
It appears that Watanabe was trying to stop Edwards from stealing wood pallets that were stacked in the rear parking lot, McManus said.
Edwards fled the scene but was arrested at about 5 p.m. Monday after officers spotted the pickup truck in question on East 12th Street near 47th Avenue in Oakland, near a pallet recycling business, according to McManus.
Edwards, who is being held without bail, hasn’t yet been formally charged but is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
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