Oakland Police Ask Public Help Solving 2016 Homicide; Vehicle Of Interest Sought

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Oakland police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a vehicle of interest in the fatal shooting of a man in the city’s Temescal district one year ago.

Brian Bole, a 30-year-old health care analyst, was walking home when he was shot and killed in the 3000 block of Richmond Boulevard, near Oakland’s Auto Row, at about 12:15 a.m. on April 10, 2016.

Shortly after the shooting police released video surveillance images of “persons of interest” that Bole came in contact with on his walk home as well as a silver sedan that is a vehicle of interest.

Bole Slaying Person Of Interest/Oakland Police

Brian Bole slaying: person Of interest (Oakland Police)

Investigators said they would like to identify the people and talk to them because the may have been witnesses to the crime.

The vehicle of interest that was disclosed after the fatal shooting is a four-door silver Honda Accord with a sunroof that was made between 2003 and 2007.

Oakland police said they are now interested in a second vehicle of interest that’s described as a white Chevy Malibu made between 2013 and 2015.

malibu Oakland Police Ask Public Help Solving 2016 Homicide; Vehicle Of Interest Sought

Vehicle of interest: Chevy Malibu. (Surveillance image via Oakland Police Dept.)

Homicide Sgt. Leo Sanchez is asking the public to look at photographs of the Chevy Malibu that were obtained from surveillance video.

Sanchez said people who have seen either of the vehicles of interest or the persons of interest should call the homicide unit tip line at (510) 238-7950, which is anonymous.

Oakland police said one person of interest is described as a male of unknown race who was wearing a light blue baseball hat, a light blue shirt with a large light-colored horizontal stripe across the back and chest and dark colored pants.

Police described the second person of interest as a black woman who was wearing layers of clothing and a head scarf and the third person of interest as a thin person of unknown race and unknown gender.

There is a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for killing Bole.

According a statement released by Bole’s family after he was killed, Bole was born and raised in Tampa, Fla., and earned a degree in mathematics from Florida State University and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech.

His family said that while Bole was a student he had a NASA fellowship at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, specializing in fault analysis, which involved predicting and reducing the risk of system failures in unmanned aircraft.

But his family said Bole’s “true passion was health care” and that in 2015 he was hired for his dream job as a data scientist at Armus Corp. in San Mateo, where he was still working at the time of his death.

Bole’s family said he loved hiking and camping and “spent many hours exploring San Francisco and Oakland, especially their ethnic restaurants and craft brew pubs.”

Bole’s father, Brad Bole, said, “We were all proud of Brian’s achievements, but we were more proud of the man he had become.”

In addition to his father, Bole is survived by his mother, Trish, his sister, Lauren, and his wife, Katie.

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  1. Greg Gadfly says:

    Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) employees setup a hit that went bad and inadvertently killed 40 Chinese citizens at the Lantern Festival in Beijing in 2004.

    The corrupt employees had taken bribes from Al Quida and needed to silence a person with information about it.

    Here is what happened.

    When I and a sales associate from the company I worked for arrived in Beijing, we met two local sales associates that worked in China. They had very good English skills and I assumed they were local sales.

    The local sales associates escorted us to a restaurant and strongly insisted we all drink to celebrate our arrival to China. This was just after a 13 hour flight. After many drinks and being awake for 30 hours I was extremely tired. That is when the local sales associates very strongly insisted that we all go to the Lantern festival.

    I could not believe they were insisting so strongly. It did not make sense since we needed to be at the office early the next day. After this strange argument we had about not wanting to go, myself and the sales associate I traveled with, went back to hotel.

    The next morning I turned on the local English version news, the hotel catered to international clients. I saw that 40 people were killed, many drowned when a stampede broke out at the Lantern festival. This was the festival the local sales associates insisted we go to. I was astonished.

    I met with my sales associate for breakfast and was about to say something about the incident, ” Did you see what happ..”, when he with a very serious look on his face shushed me. We never spoke about it again.

    After the incident we seemed to have a greater presence of tails (assumed Chinese Intel.) I got the impression it was not about being a suspect in the stampede but concerned for our safety.
    After I returned back to San Jose, I had to turn around the next day and fly to Washington DC where my parents lived. As I was walking through Reagan airport there was several people tailing me and they kept saying things under their breath like “good work” and “well done”.

    Back to work, just a week later, I am walking through the office in San Jose, the two local sales associates I met in Beijing were in the office. I thought to myself, how could they get a visa that quickly?

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