(02-08) 07:22 PST HAYWARD — The son of a Hayward woman who was fatally shot by police outside her apartment had illegally kept an AK-47 and a machine gun behind a false wall in one of the unit’s closets, authorities said in court records.
Evan Michael Pimental, 23, appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oakland on charges that he received or possessed an unregistered firearm, two days after a Hayward police officer shot and killed his mother, Ariel Levy.
He was ordered to remain at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin pending a detention hearing Friday.
About 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, two Hayward officers responded to a second-floor unit at theSummerwood Apartment Homes at 21701 Foothill Blvd. The officers were dispatched at the request of Pleasanton police for a welfare check on Levy, who had been calling the Pleasanton agency repeatedly, authorities said.
After officers went into Levy’s apartment, they saw she had a handgun and retreated outside when she walked toward them, police said. Fearing for his life and the other officer’s life, one of the officers opened fire, said Hayward police Sgt. Eric Melendez.
The weapon turned out to be a replica handgun, Melendez said Thursday. He said Levy was “distraught” about her son’s arrest, felt she had been mistreated by police and wrote a note “indicating that she wanted to end her life over her recent family problems,” Melendez said.
Court records show that both agencies were involved in serving a search warrant Jan. 24 on the apartment Levy shared with Pimental.
A Pleasanton officer found live ammunition, a shotgun, an AK-47-type rifle and a fully automatic Velocity VMAC9 machine pistol, Andrew Williams of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wrote in a court affidavit.
The AK-47-type rifle and the machine pistol were not properly registered and had been “concealed behind a false wall that was manufactured inside a closet of the apartment,” Williams wrote.
Asked if she knew about the guns being at the residence, Levy said, “No, I didn’t know that was in the apartment,” Williams wrote. Pleasanton police cited Levy that day for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Henry K. Lee is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
4 thoughts on “Son of Hayward woman slain by police faces weapons charges”
Well being that Ms Levy was distraught and wanted to take her own life she definately did do the right thing… SHE CALLED THE POLICE AND THEY OPENED FIRE ON HER !!!!!! Seems to be the norm these days… What in the world is going on with these cops these days….
On another note i understand they had a search warrant, but how were they able to determine something that was hidden in that particular closet, behind that particular wall ? Metal detectors or something ?
I would like to see the firearms in court proven they are full auto. and when were the parts put in to make them so…And yes, how did they know it was behind a wall… Seems like when anyone is killed by the cops, suddenly the cops find some kind of illegal substance or illegal item in the persons possession.
“The weapon turned out to be a replica handgun, Melendez said Thursday. He said Levy was “distraught” about her son’s arrest, felt she had been mistreated by police and wrote a note “indicating that she wanted to end her life over her recent family problems,” Melendez said.”
So she ‘leaves’ a note stating her desire to end her life, and intends to accomplish this with WHAT?? A REPLICA handgun???
Oh yeah, I’m buying THIS one alright….
What was the probable cause for the original search, did the NSA provide it?