Hero & Zero: A Good Neighbor & A Bad Actor

Hero: For weeks, car parts sat in the median on Donahue Street in Marin City, right in front of the community’s busy bus stop, the result of a one-car accident which involved a thief in a stolen vehicle attempting to evade police. Neighbors took to NextDoor to discuss who was responsible for its removal (which, by the way, was the county of Marin) and whether it would still be there if the wreck occurred in a wealthier neighborhood, say Tiburon. A hero, Marin City resident Albert Long, emerged from the conversation. If no one was going to haul it away, he would. Ironically, when he picked up the wreckage, the police stopped him, demanded his ID and questioned him. That didn’t deter Albert, who finished the clean-up and drove the detritus to the dump.

Zero: Actor turned criminal? Bryan Box, 23, of Vallejo, who played a part in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, has been charged with felonies ranging from elder abuse to burglary and possession of stolen property. The alleged crimes took place at the homes of Marin seniors, people who had once trusted Box to act as their caregiver. Particularly disturbing are the methods he purportedly used to gain access to their homes. The worst was when he allegedly phoned a Tiburon woman to say that her husband, who was in a convalescent facility, had died. Upon arriving at the facility, she learned that her husband was alive. Back at home, her jewelry went missing. We think that only a very bad actor would perpetrate crimes against the elderly.

Nikki Silverstein
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