On Monday, Fremont police said the 56-year-old Passage to India Restaurant chef was found dead in a bedroom inside a home — the victim of a homicide.
Fremont police investigating citys second homicide of the year
Fremont police Lt. Mike Tegner said officers were sent to the home after a neighbor called 911 and reported gunshots at 12:24 a.m.
“We talked to the witness, or the reporting party, and he said that he saw a male leaving the general area of the front door of the residence and get on to a bicycle and pedal away,” explained Tegner.
Sarkar rented a room towards the rear the home which he shared with another family. Members of that family were asleep at the time of the shooting and didn’t see the suspect arrive or leave from the home, according to Tegner.
Officers set up a large perimeter in the neighborhood to try to find the suspect, but broke down the search perimeter around 7:30 a.m. after not finding the suspect.
Sarkar had big plans the day he was murdered. The 56-year-old chef was well-known and well-liked in the Indian food industry. He had worked for Sushma Taneta, the owner of Passage to India, on and off for nearly a decade.
Taneta last saw Sarkar Sunday when he came to say goodbye before taking a big trip to new delhi india to see his family, including his three daughters. He gave her a handwritten menu in preparation for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
“I wished him have a safe journey and he said ,’No, ma’am. Don’t wish me now. I will call you from the airport,” Taneta remembered.
“It’s really shocking to us that it happened,” said Taneta. “Everybody’s surprised.”
Tegner said investigators believe the slaying was “not random. We didn’t see any forced entry into the residence.”
FREMONT — Police are investigating the city’s second homicide of the year after locating the body of a 56-year-old man who was found shot to death inside a home near Fremont Boulevard and Blacow Road.
About 12:30 a.m. Monday, police received 911 calls from multiple people who heard gunshots in the 43000 block of Charleston Way, including people who lived inside the house, according to Fremont police Lt. Mike Tegner.
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Patrol officers were sent to the neighborhood and located the man inside his bedroom. Police said the man was renting a room, and shared the house with another family.
A large perimeter was set up around Charleston Way and officers searched for a male suspect. Police used a drone to assist with the search.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Fremont Police Department at 510-790-6800. To send an anonymous tip, text TIP FremontPD followed by your short tip to 888-777.
Fremont’s first homicide this year was the Feb. 17 shooting of Holly Lynn Dreyer, 49, in her home on Third Street. Police believe it was a murder-suicide by her husband.