Police in Alameda on Monday released surveillance photos of two of the five suspects connected to an attempted armed robbery that took place last week across the street from police headquarters.
The alleged hold-up took place outside a 7-Eleven store on the 2300 Lincoln Avenue. The victim fled across the street to what he thought would be the safest place in town: the headquarters for the Alameda Police Department.
Two of the five would-be robbers were caught on surveillance video inside a 7-Eleven on Lincoln Avenue.
They are believed to be involved in an armed robbery attempt that happened at around 1:30 a.m. March 3rd.
"It's rather concerning that it is such a brazen attack within such close proximity to the police department," said Alameda Police Lt. Ted Horlbeck.
Police said the five pulled a gun and demanded money from the victim in the store parking lot.
"The victim did not comply, at which point the suspect struck him in the face with the hand gun," said Horlbeck.
That was when the victim tried to flee.
"He ran right across the street toward the police department and was tackled on the north side of the building," explained Horlbeck.
Unfortunatly, the victim was caught in a spot where police cameras were not located.
The victim has since gotten out of the hospital, but the assailants are still on the loose.
Residents are not only stunned at an armed robbery but with the boldness in where it was carried out.
"To be right across the police station doing something like that that lets me know some people could care less about the law and those kind of things," said Alameda resident Vincent Moore.
7-Eleven store owner Bob Sekhon said police are often inside his store and that he's never been worried about violent crime before.
"Nothing like that. We are right across from the police station. It's a very safe area," said Sekhon.
Police say the assailants fled in two vehicles: a black 2008-2009 four-door Ford F-150 and a silver 2008-2009 Chevy Trailblazer.
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