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January 27, 2012 > Robbery Alert

Robbery Alert

By Tim Jones, Newark PD

Recently several strong arm robberies have occurred in the area of Joaquin Murieta Avenue. The Newark Police Department is asking for your assistance and vigilance to remain alert for the below described suspects. Please report any suspicious activity via 9-1-1 or 578-4237 for non urgent situations.

On Monday, January 16, 2012 at 5:48 p.m., officers responded to the area of 6300 block of Joaquin Murieta Avenue for a report of a purse-snatch, strong-arm robbery that had occurred approximately 15 minutes earlier. The two suspects in this incident are described below. No injuries were reported and the no weapons were seen. The adult female victim, Newark resident had her purse pulled from her by one of the suspects as they rode by on bikes.

Suspect descriptions:
- Suspect #1: Black male juvenile, 17 years old with a dreadlock hairstyle, white t-shirt and blue jeans.
- Suspect #2: Unknown race, 17 years old. No further description.

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 6:44 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of 6100 block of Joaquin Murieta Avenue for a report of a strong arm robbery. The adult male victim, Newark resident was robbed of his cell phone and wallet by two suspects. The victim suffered non life threatening injuries to the face after one suspect kicked him in the face. One of the suspect's was reported as possessing a knife. The victim received first aid at the scene.

Suspect descriptions:
- Suspect #1, black male early 20's, 5'-6" tall, 140 Lbs. brown or gray hooded sweat shirt, white & red cap and blue jeans.
- Suspect #2, Hispanic male 20's, 5'-8" tall, thin build, all black clothing

On the same date (Wednesday, January 18) at 6:48 p.m., officers learned of another incident in the same area of the 6100 block of Joaquin Murieta Avenue. The adult male victim, Newark resident arrived home and was getting out of his vehicle. He was approached by two suspects. Suspect #1 demanded the victim's money.

Prior to complying with the suspect's demand, suspect #2 grabbed the victim while Suspect #1 punched him in the mouth. The victim fell to the ground. One of the suspects took the victim's wallet from his back pocket. The suspects climbed over a nearby wall and into the parking lot of the adjacent condominiums. The victim suffered non life threatening injuries to his face. Officers responded to the area and searched for the suspect with negative results. The victim received first aid at the scene.

Suspect descriptions:
- Suspect #1, black male, late teens, dark skin, 5'-7", 120 lbs, wearing a red baseball hat, black hooded sweatshirt.
- Suspect #2, black male, late teens, 5'-9", wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood covering his head, and all dark clothing.

Any person with any information concerning/witnessing this incident can contact the Detective Sergeant Mike Carroll at 510-578-4247. Information can also be left anonymously on the "silent witness" hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500. Also those interested in joining together to help make their community a safer place to live and would like to start a Neighborhood Watch in your area please contact: Tim Jones, Special Assistant Community Engagement Division, Newark Police Dept. (510) 578-4209 tim.jones@newark.org

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