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Hayward police blotter May 13-

Unedited Hayward police blotter:

05/13 04:05 PM
An armed robbery occurred to a gas station on the 21000 block of Foothill Blvd. The suspect was described as an African American male in his early 20s armed with a black handgun. The suspect entered the gas station and pointed the handgun at a clerk. The suspect demanded money from the clerk who gave him money from the register. The suspect fled the scene heading up Grove Way. Witnesses saw the suspect get on a motorcycle heading west bound on Grove St.

05/13 09:37 PM
A robbery occurred at the intersection of Grand Street and Dean Street. The suspects were two African American Males in their late teens or early twenties wearing black hooded sweatshirts. The suspects threatened to shoot the victim. The victim was pushed to the ground and their property was taken.

05/14 02:00 PM
A robbery occurred in the 27000 block of Manon Ave. The victim was sitting in his vehicle when the suspect approached him brandishing a knife. The suspect demanded money from the victim, but walked away when a pedestrian approached. Responding officers located the suspect in a nearby apartment with a knife in his pocket. The suspect was arrested for robbery.

05/14 09:43 AM
A residential burglary occurred in the 1400 block of Linfield Lane. This particular residence has had several prior break ins. The resident called a family member to check on the alarm prior to contacting the police. The suspect fled prior to the family member and police arriving.

05/15 08:49 AM
A burglary to a residence occurred in the 2600 block of Sleepy Hollow Avenue. The resident was home alone when the suspect approached and knocked on the door. The victim did not answer the door and several minutes later heard the suspect attempting to force open the rear sliding glass door. The suspect fled when confronted by the victim. The suspect is described as a Hispanic Male in his 20’s, 5’07”, with a medium build and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. A gray compact Mercedes was seen in front of the victim’s residence and at the same time as the incident.

05/15 11:19 PM
A strong arm robbery occurred at City Hall. Several suspects assaulted the victim and took property from him. Responding officers stopped and detained all five suspects at two different locations. The suspects were identified and transported to jail.

05/17 00:41 AM
A shooting occurred in the 25000 block of Verona Ave. Officers responded to reports of two subjects shot at the location. Arriving officers located the two victims in front of a residence with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was described as an African American wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The Hayward Criminal Investigations Bureau is investigating the incident.

05/17 01:32 AM
A strong arm robbery occurred at the intersection of B Street and Montgomery Street. The victim was walking with friends when the suspect approached from behind and took the victim’s purse. The victim was able to fight off the suspect’s attack and kept ahold of her purse. The suspect was able to take the victim’s phone. The suspect was last seen running towards downtown BART.

05/17 03:28 AM
A shooting occurred 22000 block of South Garden Avenue. The suspect(s) fired multiple rounds at an apartment striking one victim causing a nonlife threatening injury. Patrol is investigating the incident.

05/17 09:33 AM
An armed robbery occurred to a business in the 700 block of La Playa Drive. The suspects, three African American males, entered the business as an employee was unlocking the door. The suspects tied up two employees at gunpoint at took property from the business. The suspects took several thousand dollars of property. The Hayward Criminal Investigations Bureau is investigating the incident.

05/17 09:44 PM
A shooting occurred near the intersection of Foothill Blvd and Russell Drive. The victim was walking northbound on Foothill Blvd when an unknown suspect fired several rounds at him striking him one time. The victim flees the scene and hides in a nearby parking lot. The victim was transported with nonlife threatening injuries.

05/17 10:50 PM
An attempted carjacking occurred in the 24000 block of Santa Clara St. The suspect threatened the victim with a simulated handgun causing the victim to drive away from the suspect, hitting him with the vehicle in the process. The victim flees the scene leaving the suspect on the ground with injuries from being struck by the vehicle. The suspect was arrested when police arrived at the scene.

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  • Paul Burchfield

    I read these weekly just to chuckle at the poor grammar. I know the officers who write these up are busy, but is following proper grammar and spelling rules too much to ask?

    - How does an armed robbery occur “to a gas station”? I thought the victim of a robbery is an individual, while a burglary happens to/at a structure (residential or business).
    - Um, Grove STREET. Where’s that? “west bound on Grove St.”
    - Why the switch from a singular pronoun to a plural one? “The victim was pushed to the ground and their property was taken.”
    - Be consistent (part 1): One report starts with “A residential burglary occurred…” while the very next one begins, awkwardly, “A burglary to a residence occurred…”
    - Be consistent (part 2): “African American male” vs “African American Males” vs “Hispanic Male” vs “African American” (no gender) vs “African American males”. Males is not a proper noun and need not be capitalized.
    - Be consistent (part 3): “Officers responded to reports of two subjects shot at the location. Arriving officers located the two victims…” Why are they “subjects” and then “victims”?
    - Be consistent (part 4): “non-life threatening injuries” vs “nonlife threatening injuries”. I know that “nonlife” is inaccurate although it appears writing it as “non-life threatening” or “non-life-threatening” may be a stylistic choice.
    - Be consistent (part 5): These incidents have already happened. Why are they sometimes reported on using the present tense? “The victim flees the scene and hides in a nearby parking lot.”
    - Be consistent (part 6): Decide whether you are abbreviating or not: “Blvd” vs “Drive” vs “Lane” vs “Street” vs “St” vs “Avenue”. Clearly “Avenue” is longer than “Street”, so abbreviating “St” isn’t done to save space. Make a decision and have everyone who writes these reports follow it.
    - Be precise (part 1): “The suspect was last seen running towards downtown BART.” I’m guessing that the suspect was running toward the downtown BART station and not just BART or the BART tracks in general.
    - Be precise (part 2): “…fled the scene heading up Grove Way.” What direction is “up”?
    - Be precise (part 3): In the report,where the suspect “threatened the victim with a simulated handgun”, was he actually holding object that looked like a handgun or did he use the old “finger-in-the-pocket” trick?
    - They did what? “The suspects tied up two employees at gunpoint at took property…” Pretty sure this should have been “…and took property…” (not “at”).

    Paul