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UPDATE: Four Arrested After Police Raid of Newark Homes

San Leandro, Union City police took part in the raid, conducted in connection with an investigation of armed robberies.

Editor's note: This report was updated at 4:41 p.m. with more information about the nature of Thursday's police raid.

Law enforcement officers from numerous East Bay cities swarmed a Newark neighborhood early this morning, where they raided homes and arrested four people connected to a string of armed robberies, according to police.

Search warrants were served at five houses near Cotton and Thomas avenues, off Cherry Street, on Thursday, said Sgt. Fred Bobbitt of the Fremont Police Department.

Bay City News reported that the arrests were related to bank robberies, and KTVU 2 News reported they were for robberies of liquor and convenience stores.

Four people were arrested and one person is still at large, said Sgt. Bill Veteran of the Fremont Police Department.

See the videos above for footage of the raid.

Officers from the Newark, Fremont, Union City, Milpitas and San Leandro police departments served the search warrants in the neighborhood between Central and Thornton avenues.

Neighbors told Patch that there was high traffic in and out of the homes that were searched, even late at night. Police said it is not a drug-related investigation.

SWAT units were on scene as early as 7 a.m., according to Newark residents, and Fremont police were searching a home on the 6300 block of Thomas Ave. until about 10 a.m.

Neighbors said they woke up to loud booms just after 7 a.m., which police said were not gunshots.

“It sounded like a bomb. It shook the whole neighborhood,” said resident James Wiley.

The investigation is ongoing and is headed by Fremont police, Bobbitt said.

Thursday's search comes one week after as part of an ongoing investigation into nearly 30 residential burglaries that have occurred in Belmont since May, according to Belmont police.

Email Nika.Megino@patch.com if you have information about this incident. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @NewarkPatch for immediate updates on everything that's going on in Newark.

Milpitas Patch Editor Adelaide Chen and Bay City News contributed to this report.

Anthony fuck i lived in newark to long September 02, 2011 at 01:19 AM
for real im on her side if u cant take the heat get outta my kictchen
Anthony fuck i lived in newark to long September 02, 2011 at 01:37 AM
are u talkin bout my pops whats that supposed to mean huh
Nika Megino September 02, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Hi Anthony. Some of your comments have been deleted because they have violated Patch'sTerms of Use (http://newark.patch.com/terms). Profanities are not allowed on the site; because of this, I ask you to also change your user name, so that you can continue voicing your opinions on news reports that are important to you.
Anthony fuck i lived in newark to long September 02, 2011 at 01:49 AM
i agree sherlock your name suits you the police are only good for harrassing young kids who havent caused any problems why do our tax paying dollars pay a police force to harrass the children of our city costing their parents money that they already get payed in as it is go stop some murderers or actual "drug" dealers not the kid with a joint behind the library before school
Newark Citizen September 05, 2011 at 05:34 AM
Wow this event sparked a rise from every which way. I've read all your comments, and stunned by some of your reactions. Newark is a small & Beautiful city. Unfortunately it's plagued with pedophiles, rapists, want to be gang members, meth users/sellers. "If" guilty, they deserve the maximum for what they've done. They've had time to plan all this. Meaning, they're RESPONSIBLE for their own actions. No one placed a gun to their heads.

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