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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.

R. S. 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
R. S. 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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