San Pablo woman confronts, kills, suspected package thief

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A 39-year-old San Pablo woman was charged with murder after she intentionally ran over a pedestrian with her vehicle. 

According to the San Pablo Police Department, the accused killer, Dene Blakely, claimed that the victim had previously stolen packages from her home. 

On December 8, the victim was walking on the 1100 block of Broadway Avenue at 2:27 p.m. when Blakely confronted her and ran her over. 

When officers arrived at the scene, the 60-year-old victim was suffering from major injuries. 

Blakely remained at the scene and was cooperative with the police. 

“Officers quickly learned that the driver of the vehicle, identified as 39-year old Dene Blakely … had been involved in a verbal altercation with the victim regarding theft of packages prior to the collision,” SPPD wrote.

Investigators said Blakely believed she recognized the victim as a package thief. Blakely “confronted the victim. The altercation escalated and resulted in the subsequent collision,” SPPD wrote.

The victim was taken to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. She was pronounced deceased on December 23 after she succumbed to her injuries. 

Police did not release the victim’s name.

Detectives said they determined the deadly collision was “an intentional act of assault.” On Friday, Blakely was arraigned in a Contra Costa County courtroom on murder charges.

Blakely remains locked in the Martinez Detention Facility.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.