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Union City Police Blotter: Armed Robber Shoots at Woman with Toddler

The Union City Police Department selected and wrote the following items. 

Armed Robbery: On Wednesday, Jan. 8 at approximately 10:22 p.m., Union City Police Officers responded to the 3200 block of Santa Susana Way for a report of a just-occurred robbery in which the suspect had fired shots at the victims. The victims had just parked in front of a house and were preparing to enter the residence when the suspect approached them on foot. The suspect pointed a firearm at the victims and demanded valuables. The male victim attempted to give the suspect cash but this did not prevent the suspect from firing at least one round at the victim. At the same time the female victim, who was holding her two year old child, attempted to flee into the backyard of the residence. The suspect followed her and demanded valuables. The suspect fired at least one additional round in the direction of the female victim and child. The three victims were not harmed and the suspect fled with the victim’s property. The suspect was last seen running northbound on Dyer Street from Santa Susana Way. The motive appears to be robbery, and the person responsible for this crime has not been apprehended. The suspect was described as an African-American male, 20-30 years, 5’7”- 5’10”, medium build, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.  Union City Police Detectives are following up on all potential leads and are seeking information from any potential witnesses.

Drug Possession: On Thursday, Jan. 9 at 11:23 a.m., officers were dispatched to investigate a suspicious vehicle in the area of Bridgepointe and Lowry. Arriving officers contacted two subjects inside of the vehicle. Both occupants were on searchable probation. A search of the vehicle yielded suspected methamphetamine, heroin, methadone, and a smoking pipe. Both occupants were arrested as a result of neighbors reporting the suspicious vehicle in the area. Great teamwork!

Man with Knife: On Thursday Jan. 9  at 9:58 p.m., Union City officers were dispatched to assist at the Union City BART Station. A caller reported a subject who appeared to be under the influence of drugs chasing people around the station with a knife. Officers arrived and detained the suspect at gunpoint. The suspect was found in possession of a folding knife. Additional victims came forward as officers detained the suspect. BART PD arrived and took over the investigation.

Vandal with Knife: On Sunday, Jan. 12 at 4:09 p.m., officers were dispatched to St. Anne’s Church to investigate a suspect vandalizing cars with a knife. Arriving officers contacted and detained the suspect. Apparently the suspect intentionally backed his vehicle into another parked vehicle in the parking lot and then proceeded to vandalize additional parked vehicles with a knife. The suspect even threatened to kill the arriving officers. The suspect was arrested for multiple felony charges and sent to jail.

Stolen Motorcycle Recovered: On Monday, Jan 13 at 9:30 p.m., officers conducted a probation search at a residence on Third Street. Officers located a stolen Suzuki Motorcycle in the backyard of the residence. The motorcycle had been stolen from the City of Fremont on Dec. 23.  Richard Salangsang, 38, was arrested for being in possession of the stolen property.


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