A Union City man and four juveniles have been convicted of committing multiple armed robberies at fast food restaurants and convenience stores last year, according to a police report.
According to the Fremont Police Department, the investigating agency, Marcus West, 18, of Union City, and four juveniles from Union City and Hayward robbed several businesses in the region in March 2011.
The young suspects’ targets included a McDonald’s in Fremont, a KFC in Hayward, a Wingstop in Union City and a Union City 7-Eleven, which they robbed twice, police said.
Police said that during the robberies, the suspects entered the businesses with masks and handguns and ordered the workers to the floor before fleeing with cash. In one instance, a suspect pistol-whipped a cashier.
Fremont police led the investigation and arrested the suspects in April 2011 with the help of Union City, Newark and Hayward police. Multiple pieces of evidence, including DNA evidence, witness statements and video surveillance, connected the suspects to the crime spree, police said.
All suspects were tried as adults due tot he violent nature of the crimes, police said.
According to the Fremont police report, one of the juvenile suspects pleaded no contest on Nov. 21 and was sentenced to one year in county jail.
West and the other three suspects pleaded no contest to the crimes on Aug. 30, police said.
The four suspects face prison sentences ranging from two years to four years and four months, Fremont police said.