Police Log: Man Attacked by Teens in Hate Crime, Child Hit by Car, Home Burglary

Reports from the Union City Police Department watch commander.

Monday, Aug. 15

Man attacked by large group of teens in hate crime

A man was attacked by a group of 10 to 12 teenagers due to his sexual orientation Monday night, police said.

According to Travis Souza of the , the teenagers attempted to rob the man, hit him with sticks and shouted homosexual slurs. They told the victim that no one would help him because of his sexual orientation, Souza said.

The attack occurred at about 9:50 p.m. in the area of Alvarado-Niles Road and Royal Ann Drive near the Union City Library, not far from the police station, Souza said.

The victim did not suffer any serious physical injuries and waited a day before reporting the crime to police, Souza said.

Though hate crimes are uncommon in Union City, a domestic dispute of similar nature occurred Tuesday night, according to Souza. (See below for more details.)

Tuesday, Aug. 16

Home burglary on Queensboro Way

A home burglary on the 4200 block of Queensboro Way was thwarted Tuesday morning when a resident spotted three men inside his home.

According to Souza, three men entered the home through a rear sliding door at about 9:45 a.m. but fled when they were discovered inside the house.

The resident reported the crime an hour later, by which time the suspects had left the area, Souza said. The suspects were described as black males between the ages of 20 and 30, according to Souza.

Child fractures skull in bike accident

A 10-year-old boy is in stable condition after fracturing his skull in a bike accident early Tuesday evening.

The boy rode his bike into traffic in the area of in Skylark Drive and Canary Court at about 5 p.m. when he was hit by a car, Souza said. 

The child was transported to a local hospital where he remained in stable condition Wednesday afternoon, according to Souza.

Father arrested after threatening to kill son in hate crime

A man was arrested on suspicion of making death threats to his teenage son Tuesday night, according to police.

Officers responded to a home in the area of Smith Street and Union City Boulevard at about 9 p.m. on a report of a domestic disturbance. Through the investigation, they learned that the father lashed out at his 17-year-old son and threatened to kill him after discovering the son had exchanged Internet messages with another male, Souza said.

According to Souza, the attack is considered a felony hate crime. Under California law, suspects convicted of such hate crimes hate crimes may be punished by up to a year in prison and a fine of $5,000.

Tim August 18, 2011 at 02:53 AM
This "hate crime" crap is nonsense. How about prosecuting the physical assault, period. Do we really need to be considering an assailants thoughts? Total nonsense.
Paul Brewer August 18, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Yes.....in this supposed age of "acceptance", "tolerance", and "diversity".....liberal fascist "INTOLERANCE" and "UNACCEPTABILITY" is now considered the natural way of things. Pick up a copy of Orwell's 1984 and read about the citizens cowering under the threat of torture for "thoughtcrime" !!!
Timothy Swenson August 18, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Well, there a point of prosecuting for the actions vs the words, then additional changes might be added for the reason for the attack. I also fear that making a moderate comment in this conversation might set off both sides.
Tim August 18, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Yea apparently liberal personal attacks like" teabagger" are acceptable here as the so called moderators don't remove them. I will probably just give up on this site... I'm moving to Irvine soon anyway... more right minded people and fewer liberal drones..... also a much lower crime rate and overall beautiful place to live. Also, networks like msnbc and cnn that use terms like" teabagger" have seen sharp declines in ratings and get crushed even when combined compared to Fox.... I can't wait till AOL pulls the plug on Patch... it's only a matter of time.
Publius August 18, 2011 at 10:40 PM
"Teabagger" is actually an epithet aimed at homosexuals. We all know this thanks to the liberal media. If the word is used while robbing and beating a gay person, that makes it a hate crime. Is it a hate crime if you use that word while robbing and beating a supporter of the Tea Party? I doubt it. If robbing and beating is part of your job description, it's not considered a hate crime.
Zoneil Maharaj August 19, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Gato, I've deleted your comment. Please review our Terms of Service about what's acceptable: http://unioncity.patch.com/terms Basically, no name-calling and put-downs, regardless if it's explicitly vulgar or a veiled insult. Continued violation will result in a ban. As I told Tim on another thread, I don't want to ban anyone. I respect free speech and value everyone's comments. Thank you, and everyone else, for reading and interacting here.
Manuel August 19, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Good riddance Tim!
gato pelon August 19, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Tim, You'll fit right in, in Irvine! Good bye, good bye, good bye, good bye, good bye, good bye, good bye! You have to go now, good bye, good bye, good bye!
Jayson August 23, 2011 at 09:49 AM
Tim, are you sure you'll be safe? Don't you know there is no such place. Even the 'Anteaters' attack you in Irvine. Plus beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Good Luck.
Tim August 23, 2011 at 08:46 PM
I'm pretty sure any place is better than the East Bay (with the possible exception of Compton)... look at the band of thugs that crept across the Bay to Candlestick to start fights, brawls, and even couple shootings.... crime can occur anywhere but the East Bay is a cesspool and violent crime has become indigenous and I'd rather be pretty much anywhere else besides here.
Ray August 25, 2011 at 12:07 AM
So you think it should be ok to beat up people because they may be gay? Do you feel the same way about Jews? How about Blacks? Is your argument, 'It never matters WHY someone commits a crime, just THAT they do' I would argue that knowing the reasons why people commit crimes are key to preventing them from being committed in the future. As far as you feeling you need to move to Irvine, and the desire to be around more 'right minded people' I wish you the best... you do know you are moving CLOSER to Mexico right? Be safe mate!
Tim August 25, 2011 at 02:00 AM
You're logic is ludacris. No, I don't think it's "ok" to commit a violent crime against anyone, period! And why I can see why we may want to know WHY someone commits a violent crime, I don't believe that someone who murders a gay, a jew,or a black should be punished differently than someone who murders someone who is straight, christian, muslim, etc, etc, etc. murder is murder, rape is rape, robbery is robbery. I believe in harsh punishment for these crimes and it's liberal minded judges that seem to think these people should be given reduced sentences and let out early so they can get out and murder, rape, and rob all over again. And as for being closer to the border, do you think that illegal aliens haven't figured out that it's best to get away from the borders and federal patrols? I frequently visit Arizona and there is constant border patrol vehicles out on Interstates 8 and 10.... and speaking of AZ, once they made it "illegal to be illegal" in AZ, illegal aliens flocked out of that state in droves for places like Los Angeles.... away from the border.
Ray August 25, 2011 at 06:43 PM
A few points... My logic is ludacris? I think you mean ludicrous. My logic isn't a rapper. Let me remind you what we are talking about here. I read an article about a homophobe and terrible father who beat his son and was arrested, and thought 'Great, one less terrible person in my community. You read that same article and somehow saw an assault by 'liberal minded judges', and reminded yourself why you need to run to the OC (where everyone is rich and white, just how God intended). I think you missed the point of the article. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you the person who brought the word 'Teabagger' into this comment thread, and then chose to be offended about how others use it? Why the anger at 'Liberals'? The way you (and the talking heads at Fox) use the word, it has no meaning beyond being something 'bad'. I don't suppose you could tell me just what a "Liberal" is to you, and why it's something that is so clearly terrible. You use 'liberal' as some sort of pejorative, but what does it mean. I gather that you think liberal means something bad... but just what does it mean to you. If it's just a label, then you are doing the same thing you claim to be so offended by...even though you are the one doing it. And scene...
Ray August 25, 2011 at 06:50 PM
This 'Liberal' is an Atheist, who is pro choice, anti-death penalty, anti-war, anti-corporation, pro-worker who knows that programs like Social Security, Wellfare, Medicare, and Food Stamps help people . I grew up poor, and benefited from some of these programs myself, not to mention a stint in a Salvation Army shelter. Those services kept us fet, and allowed my father a job so he could better provide for us. I don't know how many homeless kids grow up to be Robotics Engineers, but this would couldn't have done it without the programs put in place by EVIL LIBERALS. Helping people is a good thing. End Rant
Tim August 25, 2011 at 06:59 PM
You are twisting my words. I believe in harsh punishment for violent crime and I do have a problem with liberal judges, or more maybe the more appropriate label is "activist" judges that would rather let child molesters our of prison early believing that they can be "rehabilitated" only for them to find new victims. The father who beats his son should be in prison for the beating period. Makes no difference to me (in terms of punishment) WHY he beat his son... maybe he's gay, maybe he got bad grades.... we can talk about that but the punishment should be based on the act, not on the thoughts of the offender. I never used the word "Teabagger". I was commenting on the Tea Party and some jerk threw that word out there.... I hope they keep it up though. The more morons use that word, the greater the numbers become for the Tea Party and 2012 will make last November's victory look like nothing. As for liberals, I'm not angry at them. Here's my take... "Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so." - Ronald Wilson Reagan
Tim August 25, 2011 at 07:06 PM
Those ideas of social welfare are great in theory... who wouldn't be for those things? They are, however, unsustainable. If we keep defecit spending to the tune of 1.4 trillion a year, we will quickly become the next Greece. We cannot keep doing that and the enxt election will be about that as well as the disastrous unemployment rate that Obama said wouldn't go over 8% if only we passed his porkulous bill. You want to tax the rich, fine, great, lets do that. Better yet, lets just confiscate the incomes of everyone making over 10 million a year. It's NOT enough to make up this defecit. There simply aren't enough of the "evil rich" people that you despise so much. Small businessis with gross incomes of 250 thousand a year are NOT rich... a family of four with parents working as a police officer and a teacher living in SF making 250 a year are NOT rich. People don't buy it anymore and Obama's 38% approval rating (much lower that GW Bush at this time his first term) proves it.
Ray August 26, 2011 at 05:28 PM
The thing is, they aren't unsustainable. They look like they are now, but that's because we are wasting money on two wars the people of this country don't want us fighting. We lost 12 Billion CASH (That's with a B) dollars in Iraq which was never found. We subsidize the corn industry so heavily that the price has fallen through the floor, and the majority of the corn which is produced isn't even edible (it's super high in starch and intended to be processed into corn syrup. The country is nowhere near broke, it's just spending it's money very poorly, and on things MOST people don't want. Stop paying for wars which are only an excuse for corporations to rape the resources from other countries. Stop our imperialistic tenancies, and you find there is more than enough money to pay for the services that people want and need. Currently the wealthiest 1% in America have 43% of the actual wealth in this country. THAT is what isn't sustainable. The rest of the country, (including you and me) are fighting for a smaller slice of the pie then EVER. This isn't rich, it's Croesus levels of greed, and it can't last. And I still don't know what a Liberal is... #dontWorryIllWait http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/feb/08/usa.iraq1 http://www.warresisters.org/pages/piechart.htm
Ray August 26, 2011 at 05:34 PM
The Cost of War - Alameda County (http://costofwar.com/en/tradeoffs/state/CA/county/alameda-county/program/11/tradeoff/0/) Taxpayers in Alameda County, California will pay $908.6 million for Total Iraq & Afghanistan war spending for FY2011. For the same amount of money, the following could be provided: 512,437 Annual Energy Costs for a Household for One Year or 613,058 Children Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year or 11,535 Elementary School Teachers for One Year or 57,055 Fair Market Rent for One Bedroom Apartment for One Year or 10,401 Firefighters for One Year or 103,432 Head Start Slots for Children for One Year or 614,202 Households Converted to All Solar Energy for One Year or 1.3 million Households Converted to All Wind Energy for One Year or 95,788 Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for One Year or 434,091 One Year Worth of Groceries for an Individual or 313,510 People Receiving Low-Income Healthcare for One Year or 9,404 Police or Sheriff's Patrol Officers for One Year or 108,769 Scholarships for University Students for One Year or 163,703 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550
Ray August 26, 2011 at 05:35 PM
This is just our County. Feel free to tell me again how we can't help poor people because there isn't any money again. #forTheWin
Tim August 26, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Ok, so the wars need to end, agreed. Where are all the protests that were out in droves prior to our Dear Leader taking office? No, two wars weren't enough, we had to get involved and spend even more money on a third. Very hypocritical I'd say. I supported the Afghan and Iraq wars initially but not for the past several years with the current rules of engagement. We can't be the world police. If they want our help they should pay for it with their oil otherwise we should get out. As for the rich, I'm not one of them but I don't begrudge them for it. They didn't "steal" it, they worked for it. And we are BROKE... look at the 4 trillion alone Obama has piled on since January 2009, and lets not forget the Libs had control of Congress since 2006. I didn't hear any outcry from Nancy Pelosi that we were spending too much in the wrong places. We need social safety net programs but they are meant as a temporary means to get back on your feet... not to leech off of because you're too lazy to work. And liberal isn't the right word. Liberal in the classical sense is not what the Democrat Party is today.... the right word is "statist" or, belief that the government needs to control everything and run your life for you because you're someone too stupid to do things for yourself.
Ray August 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM
So we can agree we are wasting money on pointless, unjust wars. One step closer to common ground. I'm a self identified Liberal and I am, and always was against the wars in the middle east, and I agree it's not our place to be the police of the world. Nothing hypocritical there, and if you haven't noticed, I'm not heaping praise on Obama, he's been a giant disappointment to me, but then again I'm FAR more progressive then Obama. I don't think the government needs to control everything, in fact that idea terrifies me. I am however realistic enough to know that regulation IS needed in many areas, not because people are too stupid to take care of themselves, but because history (and the recent financial collapse) shows us that by their nature people are greedy, and will take advantage of every opportunity to exploit the system they can find. I don't hate the rich. I'm aware of the fact that in real dollars they pay proportionally much LESS then the rest of us, through the use of tax loopholes, and blatant hiding of money in other countries. Warren Buffet said it best, his assistant pays more in taxes then he does. When you hear that American corporations pay the most in taxes yada yada yada YOU ARE BEING LIED TO. If you really want to find something to be angry at just look at this. http://www.businesspundit.com/25-corporations-that-pay-less-taxes-than-you-do/
Tim August 27, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Sounds like we agree on more than we disagree. I will suggest to you that corporations do not pay taxes because they simply pass the cost onto the consumer. I am against subsidies for large oil companies but think smaller ones need them to keep some competition in the market. Again, they will simply pass the costs on to us at the pump. The tax system is broken and unfair. The are too many loopholes and ways around the system for the super rich. I believe we need a flat tax or even better the fair tax where we can abolish the IRS and tax people based on their consumption rather than their income. This will help the middle and lower class who would not necessarily purchase the high dollar yachts and jets that the rich do. The rich pay more with no way around the system. This is why I support Ron Paul.... he would abolish the IRS and... end the wars and foreign aid to countries around the world that hate us. Obama has not ended the wars because he knows it's not good for him politically. He only does that's been poll tested and will help him, the unions, and the trial lawyers, not the average American.
Timothy Swenson August 27, 2011 at 01:07 AM
"Si vis pacem, para bellum" - Flavius
Tim August 27, 2011 at 01:38 AM
"Peace through strength" - Ronald Reagan
Ray August 27, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose—and you allow him to make war at pleasure. ~Abraham Lincoln


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