Woman, 61, dies of injuries after robbery attempt at Alameda Vietnamese restaurant

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A 61-year-old woman had died of her injuries in Alameda outside a Vietnamese restaurant, after police say she and a 28-year-old man suffered injuries during a robbery attempt last week.

Cindy Le was the first homicide of the year. Not much was known about her as employees were reluctant to speak to the media.

Lt. Wayland Gee said Thursday that the fight broke out on April 6 at 11 p.m. in front of 1919 Webster Street, which houses Pho Anh Dao and Bucket of Crawfish along with the Rodeway Inn. 

"Just a selfish and vicious act that had a tragic outcome," Gee said. "We send out condolences and sympathies out to the victims family.

Gee said that when police officers arrived on scene, they learned that there had been a robbery attempt at the restaurant, and the suspects fled the scene. Le, who is related to the store owner, and the younger man had sustained serious traumatic injuries. Both were taken to the hospital, Gee said, where Le died on Tuesday, nearly three days after being attacked.

"The Alameda Police Department is deeply saddened and outraged by this selfish and vicious crime," Gee wrote in a statement. "Our condolences go out to the family members of the deceased." 

Police released surveillance video of the attack, and are hoping someone recognizes the people in it. The scene shows a fight, but it's unclear if the woman is there. In about 17 seconds, five men fight on the street.  A  man watches on a nearby porch. 

Gee said that the police department has devoted "every available investigative resource exclusively to this case," but still, no suspects have been arrested. Anyone who knows something is asked to call the Alameda Police Department at 510-337-8340 or the anonymous tip line at 510-337-8450.