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February 19, 2013 > Bank robbers arrested

Bank robbers arrested

Submitted By Fremont and Newark PD

Shortly after 1:40 p.m., Fremont Police responded to a bank robbery that had just occurred at the Bank of the West located at 39533 Paseo Padre Parkway. Two suspects, Jeremiah Martin, 37 years old, San Francisco resident and Michael Luckert 43 years old, San Francisco resident, were arrested for the robbery. Martin was charged with robbery, receiving known stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. Luckert is under arrest for robbery, receiving known stolen property and violation of probation.

The thieves entered the bank with bandanas partially covering their faces, simulated weapons and demanded cash. They were last seen driving a maroon full size pickup truck westbound on Stevenson Blvd.

The robbery was broadcasted to surrounding agencies and shortly thereafter, a Newark resident in the area of Moores Avenue, reported a suspicious vehicle to NPD dispatch. The suspicious vehicle was the getaway vehicle used after the bank robbery. The alert citizen provided additional information regarding the driver and passenger, including a general description and he advised that they ran towards the EZ8 Motel. Fremont and Newark PD officers quickly surrounded the motel and determined that the suspects had fled into room 207 at the EZ8 Motel.

One of the suspects surrendered to police when initially contacted. The second suspect was seen in the room but refused to surrender to officers. The motel was partially evacuated for the safety of the guests of the motel. NPD/UCPD SWAT teams along with Fremont PD and Newark Hostage Negotiators were summoned to the motel. After five hours the suspect finally surrendered.

The arrest of these two violent criminals was the result of a alert citizen calling the police. The citizen noticed the unusual behavior, obtained the vehicle and suspects description, and notified the police of their suspicions.

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