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April 12, 2011 > Union City Report

Union City Report

Submitted By City of Union City

On Thursday (3/31), The East Bay Regional Parks helicopter, "Eagle 1", spotted three juveniles spray- painting graffiti on a wall on F Street at 11th Street. The pilot contacted UCPD and directed officers to where the crime was occurring. One juvenile suspect was arrested and transported to juvenile hall.

On Friday (4/1), officers responded to a robbery report at Best Buy in the Union Landing Shopping Center. The victim claimed that he was robbed at gunpoint while shopping inside the store. Officers reviewed the video surveillance tape and discovered evidence that indicated the robbery did not occur. The supposed "victim" gave false contact information and the case was closed as unfounded.

On Saturday (4/2), a keen-eyed patrol officer noticed three unsavory characters acting suspiciously in the Pep Boys parking lot. A routine contact turned into an investigative stop, a lawful detention, and a subsequent search of three parolees that led to several arrests and the recovery of methamphetamine, a scale, cell phone records of drug sales, and a quantity of cash.

Also on Saturday (4/2), another case involving methamphetamine occurred on Deborah Drive when a resident called UCPD to report hearing noises and someone "crying for help" near her residence. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate anyone in distress. They did, however, locate the original caller who was under the influence of methamphetamine, in possession of a methamphetamine pipe, and hearing "voices". The person was arrested and taken to the county jail.

Early on Sunday (4/3), morning a patrol officer responded to a business on Volpey Way to assist a loss prevention agent take a theft suspect into custody. Apparently, the business had been the victim of several recent thefts, possibly an "inside job". The loss prevention agent hid in the area on a "stakeout" and caught the subject as he attempted to open a door to the business. The suspect is a recently terminated employee. The case is being reviewed at the district attorney's office for prosecution.

Also on Sunday morning (4/3), officers spent the early hours searching for a missing female adult that was deemed to be "at-risk" due to her mental and physical limitations. Several hours later, the female was located in a neighborhood in Fremont knocking on doors and asking for help. She was reunited at her care-home facility on San Andreas Drive.

On Monday (4/4), several 911 calls were generated in the Decoto neighborhood when a loose pit bull attacked another pit bull being walked by a 13-year-old on Whipple Road near 'A' Street. The young man was unable to control his leashed pit-bull and both dogs began fighting each other in the middle of the roadway. A passing police officer witnessed the dog fight and intervened using his Taser gun to stop the aggressive dog from seriously injuring the dog on the leash. The aggressive dog was captured by Animal Control and transported to the animal shelter.

On Wednesday (4/6), an officer responded to Washington Hospital to interview a victim who had been punched in the face, knocked to the ground, and robbed of his wallet and personal items. The victim received several fractures to his facial area but is expected to recover. The robbery occurred on Dyer Street near Alvarado Blvd. The suspects ran away after the assault and were not located. The Investigations unit is studying similar robberies in the area in an effort to identify those responsible for the crime.

Early on Thursday morning (4/7 at 3:30 AM), officers responded to the area of Alvarado-Niles Road near Highway 880 to investigate the report of an injury traffic collision. A Union City resident in his 20's was driving westbound on Alvarado-Niles Road at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his car, hit an obstacle, and flew through the air. The impact of the collision broke the driver's seatbelt and he was ejected from the car and thrown into the air. The driver, who received life-threatening injuries, was located lying in the weeds near the freeway on-ramp approximately 200+ feet from the vehicle. It is suspected that the driver was intoxicated. The car was completely destroyed and the collision investigation backed up traffic for most of the morning commute as Alvarado-Niles Road was completely closed in both directions for almost four hours.

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