The Blotter Highlights ending November 19, 2023

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Union City Police Department


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PROACTIVE ENFORCEMENTOfficer Benard

On Friday, November 10th, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Officer Benard stopped a speeding car on Dyer Street and Alvarado Boulevard.  When he approached the vehicle, he saw a large amount of marijuana in plain view.  Officer Benard asked the driver to exit and during a search, found a loaded firearm concealed in his waistband.  The driver was arrested for possession of firearms and marijuana with the intent to sell.

On Monday, November 13th, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Officer Griffin and Field TrainingOfficer Griffin Officer Olson contacted a known parolee in the 1900 block of Whipple Road.  During a search, officers found 12 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a stolen handgun.  Officers placed the subject under arrest for four firearms-related crimes and drug possession.


ATTEMPTED MURDER

On Sunday, November 12, at approximately 6:56 p.m., officers responded to a stabbing in the 1600 block of Pacific Street.  Officers found the victim with multiple stab wounds, and he was transported to a local hospital.  The unknown suspect fled the scene and was not found by officers.  This is an active investigation, and it is currently being investigated by the Union City Police Department’s Investigations Unit. If you have any information regarding the incident, please contact Detective Smith at 510-458-3310 or AndrewS@unioncity.org.  Information may be left anonymously at 510-675-5207 or tips@unioncity.org.

ROBBERIES AND ATTEMPTED ROBBERIES

On Thursday, November 9th, at approximately 10:00 p.m., officers responded to a robbery in the 100 block of Appian Way.  The suspect approached the victim in the parking lot, brandished a gun, and took the victim's money and car keys.  He fled in a gray Nissan and was not found by the police.  The victim described the suspect as a Black male adult 24-26 years old, 6'1" tall, weighing about 165 pounds.

On Saturday, November 11th, at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers responded to an armed robbery in the 1900 block of Whipple Road.  The suspect entered the store, grabbed a drink from the refrigerator, and approached the counter.  Once at the counter, the suspect pulled a handgun from his sweatshirt, chambered a round, and demanded money.  The suspect then fled on foot.  The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, 6'00" tall, and weighed 250 pounds.

On Thursday, November 16th, at approximately 11:00 a.m., officers responded to a robbery spree in the 1600 block of Decoto Road.  The crew robbed three businesses, all within minutes of each other, and stole cash.  Officers located the suspect vehicle leaving the area, but stopped following when the driver began driving recklessly.  The suspects were described as two unknown males.

SHOOTING

On Friday, November 10th, at approximately 11:40 p.m., officers responded to a shooting in the 33900 block of Railroad Avenue.  The victim heard what sounded like fireworks going off outside.  About 40 minutes later, she realized it was gunfire and that her garage and car had been struck.  No injuries were reported.  

DRUG POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL

On Wednesday, November 15th, at approximately 8:29 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 880 and Whipple Road.  The driver was on probation for firearms violations; therefore, officers searched the car.  In the car, they found a large amount of marijuana and a considerable amount of cash.  Officers arrested and transported the driver to jail.

On Sunday, May 21st, at approximately 1:20 p.m., officers responded to an assault in the 500 block of F Street.  The victim confronted several suspects who were in the process of stealing his brother’s vehicle. The suspects returned to their car and attempted to hit the victim with it. The victim jumped out of the way and did not sustain any injuries. The suspects were described as four juveniles wearing masks.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

On Wednesday, November 8th, at approximately 9:28 p.m., officers responded to a vehicle collision on Decoto Road and Alvarado Niles Road.  The driver admitted to consuming alcoholic beverages and was placed under arrest after failing field sobriety tests.

On November 11th, at approximately 11:48 p.m., officers responded to a hit-and-run collision on Smith Street and New Haven Street.  Upon arrival, officers found a damaged street sign, car debris, and a license plate left behind.  A DMV check led the officers to the driver, who was intoxicated and subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

On Friday, November 17th, at approximately 10:30 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on a swerving vehicle in the 2400 block of Whipple Road.  They contacted the driver, who displayed signs of alcohol intoxication and admitted to drinking alcohol prior to driving.  Officers placed the driver under arrest for driving under the influence.

VEHICLE THEFT ARREST

On Monday, November 6th, at approximately 10:52 a.m., officers located an occupied stolen vehicle on Medallion Drive and Crest Lane.  They conducted a high-risk stop and quickly detained the passenger.  At first, the driver was unresponsive to commands as he appeared to be sleeping, but once awakened by the sirens, he too was taken into custody for possession of the stolen vehicle and a parole violation.

On Thursday, November 9th, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Officer Scarbrough was conducting an area check for an unrelated call for service when he saw a suspicious vehicle leaving the encampment near F St and 12th St.  The vehicle stopped, and the driver quickly exited and walked away.  Officer Scarbrough eventually made contact with the driver and determined the vehicle was reported stolen.  The driver was placed under arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle.

BURGLARIES AND CAR THEFTS


RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

From Monday, November 6th, to Sunday, November 19th, there were five residential burglaries reported.

COMMERCIAL BURGLERIES

From Monday, November 6th, to Sunday, November 19th, there were twelve commercial burglaries reported.

AUTO BURGLARIES AND VEHICLE THEFTS

From Monday, November 6th, to Sunday, November 19th, there were twenty-two auto burglaries reported.  Five of them occurred at Union Landing and the rest occurred in residential areas.

From Monday, November 6th, to Sunday, November 19th, there were thirty-one reported vehicle thefts. As of the time of this report, fifteen of the vehicles have been recovered.


SAFETY TIP:

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: http://nixle.com/alert/5548374/

RECENT SCAMS/CRIME TRENDS:

Stay updated on recent scams by visiting these sites: 

USA.gov 

2023 scams - USA.gov Search Results
Scams and fraud - USA.gov Search Results
www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds 
www.usa.gov/covid-scams

Consumer Fraud Reporting 

Current 2023 Top 10 List of Scams and Frauds (consumerfraudreporting.org) 

AARP: 

Here Are 7 Top Scams You Should Watch Out for in 2023 (aarp.org) 

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 tips@unioncity.org. 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.