February 19, 2013 > Union City Police Log
Union City Police Log
Submitted By Union City PD
Officers were dispatched to Kitayama Elementary School to investigate multiple vandalized vehicles. Officers learned that multiple vehicles had paint damage as a result of being "keyed." Many of the vandalized vehicles belonged to school teachers and vehicles were reported to have been vandalized over multiple days. The first reported incident occurred on Monday (02/04/13). The last reported vandalism occurred on Friday (02/08/13). The vehicles were reported to have been vandalized between 0730 hours and 1600 hours. Please contact the Union City Police Department if you have any information about these incidents.
At 3:45 p.m., officers investigated a residential burglary on Santa Maria Drive. Unknown suspects pried open a rear window to gain entry into the residence. A large safe (estimated to weigh about 800 pounds) was taken from the residence. The suspects found a dolly inside the home and used the tool to roll the large safe out of the residence. A Colt .45 semi-automatic firearm was also taken during the incident. No suspects were seen in the area by neighbors or responding officers.
At 12:47 p.m., a victim called 911 and reported a neighbor brandished a firearm at him. Officers arrived in the area of Tumbleweed Court and contacted the involved persons. Apparently, the suspect accused some landscapers of damaging his property. The suspect then approached the victims and pointed a semi-automatic firearm at them. The suspect was arrested and the .45 caliber firearm was booked into evidence.
Fremont Police Department reported a bank robbery at 1:53 p.m. at the Bank of the West, in the City of Fremont. Two masked suspects simulated that they had weapons during the commission of the bank robbery. Newark Police Department was able to determine the suspects were inside of a room at the EZ-8 Motel, in Newark. Officers from Newark, Union City, and Fremont surrounded the motel. Armored vehicles from Fremont and Union City were deployed to the location to provide protection for responding officers. One of the two suspects surrendered voluntarily and exited the motel room. The second suspect barricaded himself in the motel room and refused to surrender.
The combined Union City / Newark SWAT Team was activated to resolve the incident. The suspect refused to exit the motel room after about a five hour standoff. Chemical agents were finally introduced into the room to force the suspect out. The suspect decided he would rather be arrested than remain in the motel room with the chemical agents. The suspect was arrested without further incident. The suspects are believed to be connected to multiple robberies throughout the bay area. This was an excellent example of great teamwork by officers from all three cities.