Emeryville PD arrests two juveniles after attempted robbery of mother with infant

Published On September 16, 2016 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary

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.


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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

6 Responses to Emeryville PD arrests two juveniles after attempted robbery of mother with infant

  1. Yorkman Lowe says:

    You didnt give the location of the 2nd robbery.

    • Rob Arias says:

      Thanks Yorkman. I confirmed with the EPD that the second Robbery occurred at the Powell Street Plaza.

      • Yorkman Lowe says:

        That’s the shopping center with Trader Joe’s. The suspects were really foolish to attempt a crime in such a heavily-trafficked area, perhaps reflecting their age. Not a good situation.

  2. nadya disend says:

    Courage and good training got this woman and her baby out of a terrible situation. All women should have self defense training.

  3. Betty Tyler says:

    I am so proud of that woman! Do not mess with a mother bear when her cub is around.

  4. Charles Black says:

    I think it is ALWAYS a good idea to have your keys in one hand with the longest key sticking out of the key ring. That way you have something to protect yourself if unexpectedly attacked. This is a true mother bear..She wasn’t going to put up with anything from these attackers. Sorry about the other woman and her cell. People can be oblivious to their surroundings while using their cell. I catch myself in the same position.

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