Man Breaks into APD, Police Want More Info

Man Breaks into APD, Police Want More Info

Alameda Police Department (APD) is investigating how a man was able to enter the APD Administration Building without permission Thursday, Jan. 28.

Alexander Charman, 41, was arrested after he somehow managed to break into the APD building, which was closed to the public, at 2 a.m. He was met by APD officers who arrested him after a brief struggle, according to an APD press release.

The ordeal began on Wednesday, Jan. 27, when Charman attempted to enter the building’s front doors at approximately 8:45 p.m. The building was closed to the public due to Alameda County Health Orders. When told the building was closed Charman, believed to be in an agitative state, made threats and demanded to be let inside. APD officers went to the front steps to confront Charman, but he was already gone.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., APD officers were called to the 2500 block of Blanding Avenue for the report of a man wearing police attire and attempting to commit a theft. Based on the description provided to dispatchers, they determined the suspect was probably Charman. Officers searched the area but could not find anyone.

A few hours later, yelling could be heard from inside the APD Administration Building. Two on-duty patrol sergeants investigated and discovered Charman had somehow made his way into the building. He refused to comply but was ultimately taken into custody following a brief struggle. He was brought to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for booking. There, they learned Charman was a transient who was wanted in Colorado for an outstanding felony warrant. Charman was charged with second-degree burglary, damage of property, vandalism and not following police instructions for the break-in. He will remain in jail until he is extradited back to Colorado.

APD officials are investigating how Charman was able to enter the building.

“We want to assure the public that it appears this individual acted alone, and there is no threat to our community or city employees,” stated the press release. “Maintaining the Police Administration Building security and making sure our community is safe is our focus as this investigation moves forward. We are taking a critical look at our security protocols.”

APD conducted an inventory of all departmental firearms, and are confident no firearms were stolen. APD asks if anyone has information about or had contact with Charman on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to contact them at (510) 337-8340.