October 16, 2012 > McDonald's robbery arrests
McDonald's robbery arrests
Submitted By Fremont PD
Between March 3rd and March 19th of 2011 a crew of suspects committed five violent armed robberies at locations in the Fremont, Hayward and Union City area. The locations robbed included a 'McDonalds' in Fremont, a 'Kentucky Fried Chicken' in Hayward, a '7-11' convenience store in Union City (robbed twice) and a 'Wingstop' in Union City. During the robberies the suspects entered the establishments wearing masks and armed with handguns. The suspects ordered the cashiers and workers to the floor and in one instance pistol-whipped a cashier. The suspects fled the stores with cash and other items.
The series was actively investigated by the Fremont Police Department Robbery Unit. Through that investigation five suspects were positively identified. One of the suspects was an adult (Marcus West; 18 year old male; resident of Union City, CA) and the other four suspects were identified as juveniles (17 and 16 years old; all residing in either Union City or Hayward).
DNA evidence, physical evidence, witness statements and video surveillance linked these suspects to this robbery spree.
On April 12, 2011, SWAT teams from Fremont, Union City/Newark, and Hayward were utilized to locate and arrest the five suspects. Due to the number of robberies committed and the violent nature of the robberies all five suspects were charged as adults (Fremont Court House).
On November 21, 2011 one of the juvenile suspects pled no contest to his involvement in the robberies and received one year in county jail.
On August 30, 2012 Marcus West and the other three juvenile suspects pled no contest to their involvement in the robbery series. All were sentenced to State Prison for their involvement in the robbery series (time ranging from two years to four years and four months).
Due to the age of the other four juvenile suspects their names and photographs are not being released.