Police News ReleaseSan Mateo County Sheriff's Office
San Carlos Police Bureau
City Hall
600 Elm Street
Phone: (650) 802-4277
Fax: (650) 595-3049

9/13/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #091312
Subject :

Juvenile Arrested in Union City for Purse Theft and Hit and Run
Contact :Lt. Larry Schumaker, Sheriff's Lieutenant, San Carlos Police Bureau, San Mateo County Sheriff's Office    650-363-4049
    lschumaker@smcgov.org
Incident Date and Time:              
Wednesday, 9/12/2012 – Approximately 10:30 AM                                                      

Location:                                         
Residence in Union City

Type of Crime/Incident:               
Juvenile Arrested in 8/24/12 San Carlos Bureau Purse Theft
and Hit & Run Collision Case
           
Summary 
On Friday, August 24, 2012, at approximately 12:30 PM, a woman was enjoying lunch at Baklava Restaurant, on Laurel Street, in San Carlos.  She was seated inside the restaurant at a window table, next to the open window.  Her handbag was hanging on a chair next to her. 

A suspect, described as an unknown race, young male, approximately 6' tall reached through the open window, took the purse, and ran west on Cherry St.  Two witnesses chased the suspect into the parking lot behind the 700 block of Laurel St. where they saw the suspect throw the purse into an awaiting vehicle.  The theft suspect kept running and did not get into the awaiting vehicle.  The vehicle, described as silver 2005 Chevrolet Impala was driven by a Hispanic male in his late teens. 

The suspect vehicle accelerated to flee the parking lot and struck another vehicle driving in the area.  The suspect vehicle also narrowly missed striking one of the witnesses who was chasing the suspect on foot.   

An investigation into the identity of the driver of the suspect vehicle was completed and he was identified as a 17 year old juvenile who lives in Union City in Alameda County.   An arrest warrant was recently issued for the suspect who was contacted today at his residence by San Mateo County  Sheriff’s Deputies. The juvenile was transported to the San Mateo County Youth Services Center. 

The charges on the warrant include robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and hit and run.  The case has been forwarded to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.   The investigation into the identity of the handbag thief and any other suspects involved in this incident is continuing.

Any person with information about this crime is encouraged to call Detective Jonathan Sebring at 650-363-4057.  You may also call the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Witness Line at 1-800-547-2700.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
Case #12-5237


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