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Hearing Delayed for Linda Avenue Man Charged with Attempted Murder

Dennis Bagwell faces charges in connection with the shooting of a federal agent in Newark in February 2012.

A pretrial hearing for a Linda Avenue resident charged with the attempted murder of a federal agent in Newark earlier this year was delayed Thursday morning at the request of his attorney.

In an appearance in a Fremont courtroom May 31, attorney Barbara Thomas of the Alameda County Public Defender's office asked to have Dennis Bagwell's hearing moved to July. Thomas said she needs more time to review evidence in the case.

Bagwell, 61, faces charges of attempted murder and assault with a firearm in connection with a Feb. 7 shooting that critically injured U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Robert Smith (identified as Robert Suplik in some media reports).

Bagwell pleaded not guilty to those charges on March 9.

Authorities have not released information about possible motives, but in Newark police reported that Bagwell had been in contact with Smith’s wife, Iryna Smith, who had been a student at Bay Area Optical Schools in Union City where Bagwell taught.

Those court documents also include a statement in which Bagwell’s daughter said she believed Bagwell “was trying to drive a wedge between the woman and her husband.”

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Bagwell was a licensed optician who once operated Redwood City Optical. A search of the building by federal agents and police after Bagwell's arrest turned up several boxes of ammunition, authorities said.

At the time of his arrest, Bagwell was a property manager of an apartment complex on Linda Avenue in Oakland, just outside the Piedmont city limits.

Bagwell's next court appearance is scheduled for July 13 at 9 a.m. at the Fremont Hall of Justice.

Jim Faison June 03, 2012 at 04:17 AM
not a resident of 82 Linda Ave, was he??
Dixie Jordan (Editor) June 03, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Sorry, don't remember the exact address, although it's buried somewhere in my notes from four months ago. One of the first apartment buildings past the Piedmont city limits, though.
Jim Faison June 04, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Please check; too many coincidences here. Maybe I will do some detective work tomorrow the 4th, I leave nearby. My uncle lived on Lake Avenue 1.5 blocks away across from Linda Beach School, the address of which I do not know. The guy had ammunition in his house when arrested, (which they likely removed) but it would be quite an accelerant in a fire!! (if any was left) and he was home, a week before his indictment.
Dixie Jordan (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 06:03 AM
I did check, and if you're referring to the building where there was a major fire a few days ago - no, this was not the building that Bagwell managed. They are, in fact, on opposite sides of the street.

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