Police Log: Two Men Attempt to Rob Salvation Army Bell Ringer With Handgun

This week's police log includes reports of an attempted armed robbery outside of Safeway, a missing man from Santa Cruz found in Union City and a fatal train accident, among others.

The following is a collection of reports prepared by the . The document contains only items of note. Dated Nov. 23, the log contains incidents that occurred from Nov. 17 to 22. Reports have been lightly edited for Patch style.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Vehicle in last weekend’s hit-and-run located

Hayward police located a vehicle matching the description of the truck involved in a felony hit-and-run that left a Union City resident with life-threatening injuries. The collision occurred early on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4:48 a.m. Union City investigators are interviewing the registered owner of the vehicle to determine his involvement in the crime. The victim is showing gradual improvement and is expected to survive, the report said.

Domestic violence suspect arrested with gun

Also on Thursday, Newark police told Union City officers to be on the lookout for a Newark resident involved in a domestic dispute. The suspect was seen breaking windows to his residence with a handgun before fleeing in a silver pickup truck, the report said. A Fremont detective saw the suspect and followed him into Union City, where officers had to stop the suspect at gunpoint. The suspect was arrested and a handgun was recovered from the vehicle, according to the report.  Newark PD responded and took custody of the prisoner.

Friday, Nov. 18

Two suspects attempt to rob Salvation Army bell ringer with handgun

Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery with a handgun at Safeway on Decoto Road.  According to the report, two male suspects attempted to rob the Salvation Army workers in front of the store. The suspects were last seen running toward the Chevron station. A suspect description was broadcast and officers located a person of interest as he was walking away in the parking lot.  The victim made a positive ID and one adult male was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery. The suspect claimed the handgun was a BB gun, which was not recovered.

Missing man from Santa Cruz located at Union City KFC

On Friday night, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office contacted UCPD for help in locating a missing, suicidal adult male. The missing person’s father called authorities from Boston and stated that his son had called him from an unknown location in Union City and had threatened to kill himself.  UCPD dispatchers were able to trace the subject’s cell-phone to the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, where the man was charging his iPhone. The subject was evaluated and transported to a local mental health facility after confirming that he was contemplating suicide.

Two arrested for possession of meth

Also on Friday night, patrol officers made a narcotics arrest during a routine traffic stop on Alvarado Niles Road near Central Avenue. An identity check revealed that the driver and passenger had arrest warrants. The officer searched the vehicle and confiscated a small amount of methamphetamine recovered from a hiding place behind the car’s gas cap. A follow-up search of one of the arrestees’ residences was conducted where officers found an additional 14 grams of methamphetamine, packaging for sales and money. Both persons were arrested on suspicion of possession and transportation of illegal controlled substances.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Family escapes house fire

On Saturday night, Union City police assisted the Alameda County Fire Department as they battled a fire that fully engulfed a home on F Street near 11th Street. Officers helped evacuate all of the residents, as well as those from surrounding homes. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire quickly and the residence suffered moderate damage, the report said.

Sunday, Nov. 20

Pedestrian killed by train

A Union City resident was struck and killed by a train near the intersection of Dyer Street just north of Alvarado Boulevard. The 20-year-old male, later identified as , was walking northbound on the tracks wearing headphones, the report said. The Union Pacific Railroad Police responded and assisted with the investigation.


Tuesday, Nov. 22

Driver refuses to stop for police but obeys traffic laws

On Tuesday a suspect led members of the Major Crimes Task Force on a short pursuit after failing to pull over during a traffic stop, the report said. The pursuit entered Fremont and the suspect was taken into custody. According to the report, the speeds during the pursuit were low and the suspect stopped for red lights and stop signs but would not pull over for police.


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