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March 31, 2010 > Armed robberies in Union City

Armed robberies in Union City

Submitted By Lt. Ben Horner, UCPD

Union City police are currently investigating two armed robberies involving multiple victims. Both robberies occurred at approximately 2 p.m. but in different neighborhoods. The initial robbery attempt involved three unidentified suspects who accosted two Alvarado Middle School students as they walked home from school. The students were threatened and one was slightly injured. The robbers were interrupted by a City of Union City worker. Investigators are working with witnesses to identify the suspects who, according to the victims, were approximately 17 to 18 years old.

The second robbery occurred around the same time but in the area of Alvarado Niles Road near Santa Maria Drive. A group of six robbers accosted a large group of middle school students near the Burger King Restaurant, robbing four victims at gunpoint. Victims were robbed of their cell phones, money and several other items of personal property.

Responding patrol officers converged upon the area and contacted victims, witnesses, and neighborhood residents. Officers arrested six suspects for robbery. Arrestees include four juveniles and two young adults. All six suspects are Union City residents. Multiple pieces of property were recovered as well as two realistic replica handguns. These handguns were used to frighten and intimidate the victims, all young students in their early teens, into handling over their property, in fear for their safety.

Investigators have determined that they there may be several additional victims in each robbery. Parents should contact UCPD if their children were victimized in either of these incidents.

Authorities are asking anyone with additional information in regard to this incident to please call the Union City Police department at (510) 471-1365 or leave anonymous tips at (510) 675-5207 or tips@unioncity.org.

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