UC police probe armed robbery

UC police probe armed robbery

Union City police are investigating an armed robbery at a local residence Tuesday night.
Two Union City residents reported they were robbed at gunpoint around 11 p.m. on Tuesday.
Saturnino Hipolito, 38, a resident of East Church Street, told police he was sitting on his porch using a laptop computer when two black males walked up from the street. One stood behind a tree while the other asked for a cigarette. Hipolito told police he gave the man a cigarette and that is when the subject pulled a pistol out and stuck it to Hipolito’s head and said, “Give me your money.”
Hipolito said he gave the man his wallet, which contained about $20, and then the subject ordered him inside the house, where they walked down the hall to a back bedroom, where Tosha L. Boone, 29, was sleeping.
Ms. Boone, who was identified in the report as Hipolito’s wife, told police she was awakened by the subject going through her belongings and he was asking her for money. She told him her purse was on the kitchen table, but she only had $5. The subject ordered her out of the bed and walked backwards down the hall while still holding the gun on Hipolito.
Ms. Boone told police the first subject made them stop at the end of the hall and she could hear the second subject taking her television out the door. Once the second subject was outside, the first man made her go to the kitchen and get her purse and get the money out. Once she gave him the money, he grabbed the purse, went through it and took her cell phone.
According to the report, the subject went to the front door and ordered them to shut the door and not look out. They complied and then Ms. Boone got her daughter’s phone and called the police.
The subjects took a 46-inch flat screen Sanyo television, valued at $800; a Toshiba laptop, valued at $400; an LG Optimus cell phone, valued at $100; a wallet with $20 cash; and $5 in cash.
Once on the scene, investigator Chris Cummings located the television and the laptop in the back of a truck that was parked in the parking lot in the same housing complex.
While searching for the subjects, Cummings asked permission to search an apartment near Hipolito’s and Boone’s residence.
Resident Saria Taylor gave consent for officers to walk through the apartment looking for possible suspects. Upon entering one of the bedrooms, officers observed in plain view several torn baggies and corners of baggies; several “roaches” from cigarettes, possibly containing marijuana; and a small baggy with an off-white substance inside that appeared to be crack cocaine.
The report says, the officer then asked Ms. Taylor for consent to conduct a full search of the room. She said the room belonged to her 17-year-old son and denied the search.
Officers secured the home, a search warrant was obtained and the previously mentioned items were recovered. The juvenile was arrested and transported to the police department, where he was released to his mother.
The “roaches” turned out to be tobacco, but the off-white substance field tested positive for cocaine, according to the report.
The juvenile was charged with possession of Schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also on Tuesday, three juveniles were charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary after police were notified that three males were trying to break into a home on East Todd Street.
According to the police report, a witness saw a burglary in progress. When officers responded, one turned north on North Home Street off Cheatham and saw three black males running south onto Home Street. They were stopped by the officer and subsequently charged with the offense. The boys are 17, 16 and 14 years old and all are from Union City.

Published in The Messenger 5.29.13

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