ALAMEDA, Calif. (KRON) – A woman is injured in an attempted robbery while working outdoors in an East Bay town.
Police are asking for the community’s help in identifying a possible suspect.
A woman working outside a residence is attacked with a deadly weapon during an armed robbery attempt. It happened around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 16 on Central Avenue near Chestnut Street in the town of Alameda.
“They were so focused on their work that someone was able to approach them, on foot, in broad daylight,” Chief Nishant Joshi said.
Alameda Police Chief Nishant Joshi describes what happens next.
“The person responsible approached from behind, wrapped his arms around her and started rummaging through his pockets. He held some sort of hard object against his head. It caused an injury,” said Chief Joshi.
Investigators say that after finding nothing of value in the victim’s pockets, the unidentified suspect simply walked away. The woman was slightly injured.
Hearing about a woman being the victim of an incident like this is very disturbing to Alameda residents who live in this neighborhood.
“It scares me and I’m scared to go out and walk around, but I’m not surprised because it’s happening here, and it’s happening everywhere,” Lisa Adams said.
“I’m very upset about it actually. That scares me. I walk every day. Now I hear so many rumors about these things happening. I leave my purse at home now. I don’t even walk with my purse anymore. So we need help,” said Gwen Austin.
The Alameda Police Department is also seeking assistance in identifying a potential suspect.
Investigators only have a vague description of the thief and are asking locals to check their surveillance cameras for someone matching that description.
“Described as male wearing black Nike Jordan sweatshirt with gold lettering, 6ft tall and no other description,” Chief Nishant said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Alameda Police.