The Blotter Highlights ending March 26, 2023

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Union City Police Department

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On Sunday, March 19th, at approximately 2:30 a.m., an unknown suspect set fire to at least 12 garbage cans in the Marketplace Shopping Center.  Officers did not locate the suspect, and no structural damage resulted from the fires.


On Monday, March 13th, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers were dispatched to the railroad tracks near the 33300 block of Central Avenue regarding a possible dead body.  Upon arrival, Officers found an unconscious male suffering from various injuries.  The male was later pronounced deceased. The identity of the male has not yet been determined, but he appeared to be in his mid-thirties.  Union City PD detectives identified Brandon Kong as the suspect and arrested him a couple of weeks later.


On Sunday, March 19th, at approximately 6:30 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 33000 block of Calistoga Street.  Multiple callers reported hearing several gunshots. There was at least one victim who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital. The investigation is active and anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Detective Rodriquez at 510-675-5282 or by email You may also leave a voicemail at 510-675-5207, or email


On Tuesday, March 14th, at approximately 3:45 p.m., three suspects entered a business in the 1600 block of Decoto Road and stole fingernail polish.  When confronted by store management the suspects attempted to steal the victim's smartphone from her grasp. The suspects fled the area on foot towards BART and were not found by responding officers.  All three suspects were described as Black males, between fifteen and twenty years of age.


On Sunday, March 19th, at approximately 3:15 p.m., a witness reported seeing an assault in the 1600 block of Decoto Road. The caller told police he saw two men arguing when one pulled out a pistol and pointed it at the other. The suspect entered a white Toyota sedan and fled toward Decoto Rd.  Officers found the suspect vehicle nearby and stopped it.  They contacted the driver, who was heavily intoxicated and in possession of a handgun.  Officers placed the suspect under arrest for assault with a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, and driving under the influence.


On Tuesday, March 14th, at approximately 5:00 a.m., officers responded to a collision in the 33100 block of Arizona Street.  Upon arrival, officers found the car on the lawn of a residence, with the driver passed out at the wheel.  They woke the driver and determined he was intoxicated.  Officers arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Friday, March 17th, at approximately 11:45 p.m., officers responded to a reported collision on Union City Boulevard and Dyer Street.  They contacted the driver, who exhibited objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication and therefore was arrested for driving under the influence.



From Monday, March 13th, to Sunday, March 26th, there were seven residential burglaries reported.


From Monday, March 13th, to Sunday, March 26th, there were two commercial burglaries reported.


On Monday, March 13th, to Sunday, March 26th, there were twenty-eight reported auto burglaries.  Eight of the burglaries occurred at the Union Landing shopping center, and the rest were in residential areas. 

From Monday, March 13th, to Sunday, March 26th, there were seventeen reported vehicle thefts. As of the time of this report, ten of the vehicles have been recovered.


As a reminder, never leave items of value inside your vehicle! Please see this alert with safety tips on how to prevent auto burglaries and thefts:


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Anyone with information on local crime or any of the listed incidents should contact the Investigations Division at 510-675-5275. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact the tips line by calling 510-675-5207 or email Please note that messages left after regular business hours or on the weekend will not be received until the next business day. If you are calling to report a crime that is currently occurring, call 911.