Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 20, 2010

Two men charged in FedEx holdup due back in court next month

Victim, suspects and key witness in holdup all FedEx employees

by Glenn Wohltmann

Not only were the victim and at least two of the men involved in last week's robbery FedEx employees, but court records show that the key witness in the case also worked for the company.

The two men charged in the holdup so far -- Jason Niusulu, 23, of Hayward and Dominique Hamilton, 21, of Union City -- will be back in court Sept. 9 to enter pleas. Police said the two were FedEx employees and friends who worked the loading area.

FedEx driver Francisco Matute, 32, of San Rafael was making a delivery at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 11 at a business in the 4300 block of Hacienda Drive when he was confronted by four men wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts, according to Pleasanton police. Court records said the four men had handguns and that one of the men pointed a shotgun at Matute and ordered him to open the cargo area where the men unloaded "numerous boxes containing Apple computers."

According to court records, a second FedEx truck pulled up during the holdup and that driver wrote down the license plate number of the car the masked men used. That car, a gold Buick sedan, had been rented by Hamilton's mother, court records said.

Hamilton was arrested as he arrived for work in the car Thursday night. Police reports said a sawed-off shotgun inside the vehicle matched the one used in the robbery.

During questioning, the mother of Hamilton's child pointed police toward Niusulu, saying the holdup was his idea, according to court records, which stated that Niusulu denied his involvement but let police search his room. During the search they found clothing and a pellet gun similar to what was used in the holdup.

After court Wednesday, a conflict broke out between the two families, when Hamilton's father told deputies that Niusulu's father had threatened him and was waiting in the parking lot of the court building. Deputies escorted the Hamilton family outside to avoid trouble.

Pleasanton police said detectives are working with investigators from FedEx and following leads on the two remaining men.


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