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January 6, 2012 > Attempted armed robbery

Attempted armed robbery

Submitted By Lt. Kelly Musgrove, Union City PD

On December 26, 2011 at 2:48 p.m., Union City police officers responded to 31770 Alvarado Blvd, The Green Haven Apartments, for an attempted armed robbery. The suspect had approached two women as they walked through the apartment complex parking lot. The suspect was armed with a handgun and pointed the gun at one of the women as he demanded her jewelry. The second women fled and summoned help from the victim's husband. The victim's husband ran to assist and saw the suspect pointing a gun at the victim. The suspect then pointed the handgun at the husband and fired at least one shot. The shot missed the victims and they were not injured.

After the shooting, the suspect ran from the scene and has not been apprehended. The suspect is described as an African American male, approximately 33 years old and had his hair in braids. Video surveillance in the area captured an image of the suspect, who remains at large.

The suspect appeared to focus on the victim, due to the jewelry she had showing. This appears to be a common method criminals are using to target victims throughout the Bay Area. Members of the public should be cognizant of this criminal activity and try to limit the amount of gold jewelry being displayed when they are out in public.

Anyone with information concerning this incident should contact Union City Police Department Detective C. Valdehueza at (510) 471-1365. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by sending information to

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