Five robbers chased a man and set upon him outside the Alameda Police Department early Sunday morning, repeatedly punching and kicking him when he tried to escape after he was initially confronted at gunpoint.
The 22-year-old victim, who lives in Alameda, told police he had just left the 7-Eleven at Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street at 1:35 a.m. when a man stepped up to him in the parking lot, pointed a handgun in his face and demanded his money.
When the victim refused, the man struck him across the mouth with the firearm, Alameda police Lt. Ted Horlbeck said. The victim fled from the parking lot and ran toward the police station -- which is located at the same intersection -- pursued by the suspect, as well as by two other men and two women.
The group caught up with the victim on the Lincoln Avenue side of the station near the department's rear driveway, where they tackled him and all five suspects repeatedly punched and kicked him, Horlbeck said.
The victim was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he was treated for a skull fracture and multiple cuts and bruises, police said. He could not provide a detailed description of the suspects. Each man was described as about 20 years old and wearing dark clothing. The women were also described as in their 20s with dark hair. Each stands about 5 feet 6 inches tall and has a medium build.
The suspects fled in possibly a green 1990s Dodge Ram pickup and a newer-model Dodge Challenger, police said. Both vehicles pulled up during the assault and were apparently driven by accomplices of the suspects. Alameda police ask anyone with information to call 510-337-8340.
THURSDAY, FEB. 28 VEHICLE THEFT -- Vehicles were reported stolen about 6:10 a.m. in the 1500 block of St. Charles Street and just before 7 a.m. in the 1800 block of Poggi Street. MARIJUANA POSSESSION -- A man, 22, who patrol officers contacted after a traffic accident, was arrested after he was found in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, police said. It happened about 11:55 a.m. at Union Street and Pacific Avenue. BURGLARY -- Someone broke into a storage unit in the 1800 block of Webster Street and stole items from inside in what police have classified as a burglary. The break-in was reported at 4:05 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1 VEHICLE THEFT -- Someone stole a vehicle in the 1400 block of Oak Street after it was left unlocked with the keys under the driver's seat, police said. The theft was reported about 9:05 a.m. PETTY THEFT -- A woman faces a petty theft charge after she was caught allegedly shoplifting cosmetics from a business in the 1900 block of Webster Street by concealing the merchandise in two purses. The woman, 32, who was arrested about 8 p.m., was also accused of violating her probation.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2 BURGLARY -- Someone broke into a business in the 2800 block of Encinal Avenue and stole prescription medication, police said. The burglary was reported about 8:10 a.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 3 DRUNKEN DRIVING -- A traffic stop just after 2 a.m. led to the arrest of a 25-year-old man on suspicion of drunken driving at 23rd Avenue and Ford Street in Oakland near the Park Street Bridge, police said. DRUG POSSESSION -- Police arrested a man, 20, on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance following a traffic stop in the 2300 block of Santa Clara Avenue. The man, who was arrested at 9:10 a.m., was also accused of driving without having been issued a license. BURGLARY -- A burglar used a ladder to reach the roof of a business in the 900 block of Marina Village Parkway, then cut a hole in the roof and climbed down inside the building, police said. But the burglar fled without stealing any items after setting off an alarm. Police learned about the break-in at 11:10 a.m. DRUG POSSESSION -- A cyclist who a patrol officer detained after he failed to stop at a stop sign was found carrying methamphetamine hidden in a bag of chips, police said. The man, 42, who was subject to searches as a condition of his probation, was arrested about 4:05 p.m. in the 2200 block of Clement Avenue. BURGLARY -- A burglary was reported just before 8 p.m. in the 1600 block of Broadway, where someone forced open a rear door at a residence. No items were stolen.
MONDAY, MARCH 4 BURGLARY -- Someone used a rock to break into a restaurant in the 1400 block of Webster Street, police said. The break-in was reported about 7:15 a.m. VEHICLE THEFT -- A vehicle was reported stolen about 9:05 a.m. in the 900 block of Lilac Street, while another vehicle was reported stolen about an hour later in the 200 block of Sherwood Lane. Police also said vehicles were reported stolen about 9:40 a.m. in the 3100 block of Fiji Lane; about 10:50 a.m. in the 3200 block of Washington Street; at 2:20 p.m. in the first block of Maitland Drive; and about 3:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of Catalina Drive.