A robbery and another attempted robbery by three male juveniles led to two arrests by the Emeryville Police Department on Wednesday September 14th according to an EPD press release. A third suspect is still being sought.
The first incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. near 66th & Vallejo when the Emeryville Police Department received a 911 call from a resident. The three juveniles reportedly surrounded the female victim and attempted to grab her purse while she was pushing a stroller with her eight month old infant. One of the suspects reportedly demanded her phone and she responded by kicking the suspect in the groin. The suspects fled after she began screaming. The responding officers canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspects. The victim was shaken but not physically injured and returned home to file an EPD report.
Shortly thereafter at about 7 p.m., the EPD received another 911 call regarding a robbery at the Powell Street Plaza involving three juveniles whose description matched the 66th & Vallejo robbery attempt. When the officers arrived on the scene, the victim stated she was on her mobile phone when the group came up behind her. One suspect reportedly ripped the device out of her hand and ran off while taunting her. The victim reportedly pleaded for them to return her phone while sobbing.
A short time later, an officer spotted three suspects matching the description provided by the two victims at the north end of the Bay Street Shopping Center. The EPD thinks they may have been seeking a third victim. The suspects scattered when approached, but EPD Officers were able to catch and detain two of them. Both suspects were positively identified by the victims and were arrested for robbery and conspiring to commit a crime.
The suspects were ages 14 and 15 and subsequently taken to County Juvenile Hall in San Leandro. The victim’s phone was recovered from one of the suspect’s backpack. The juveniles had removed the SIM card from the phone to avoid tracking.
The EPD has issued a warning and a reminder to be aware of one’s surroundings when using your phone. Anyone with information on these crimes is encouraged to call Emeryville Police Department at 510-596-3700.
Since this is breaking news, we will update this post as new information becomes available.