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Man robs woman at mall, later tries to carjack another woman

Hayward man arrested after alleged crime spree that began in Campbell and ended in Pleasanton

Shortly after a woman was robbed by force at Stoneridge Shopping Center Sunday morning, a man was arrested following an attempted carjacking on Sunol Boulevard, according to Pleasanton police.

Hamed Akbar, 33, of Hayward, was arrested for robbery, attempted carjacking and resisting arrest.

At about 11 a.m., a woman was walking toward the mall entrance in a parking lot near the Macy's women's department store. She stopped to let a red 2004 Audi A4 convertible pass by her. Instead of stopping, however, police said the suspect stopped the vehicle, pushed the 29-year-old woman and stole her backpack.

Witnesses were able to give detailed descriptions of the suspect and the vehicle, including the license plate number. The car had been reported stolen in Campbell two hours earlier, police said. The California Highway Patrol had been in pursuit of the vehicle but lost sight of it in Tracy.

About 10 minutes after the mall incident was reported, a person flagged down a Pleasanton police officer driving down Sunol Boulevard near Castlewood Drive. The officer then saw the red convertible pulled over on Castlewood Drive, where several people were reportedly struggling to detain a large, dark-haired man near a silver vehicle.

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Witnesses rushed to help a screaming woman as they saw a man struggling with her in a silver vehicle, according to the police report. The witnesses were able to pull him from the vehicle and push him to the ground. The victim told police the man had flagged her down on Sunol, saying he was out of gas. He allegedly got in the vehicle and tried to force her out, but she resisted.

With the help of the witnesses, the police officer was able to handcuff and detain the suspect.

Neither women were injured. Akbar was reportedly out on parole.

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Man robs woman at mall, later tries to carjack another woman

Hayward man arrested after alleged crime spree that began in Campbell and ended in Pleasanton

by Emily Atwood / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Jul 30, 2007, 10:11 am

Shortly after a woman was robbed by force at Stoneridge Shopping Center Sunday morning, a man was arrested following an attempted carjacking on Sunol Boulevard, according to Pleasanton police.

Hamed Akbar, 33, of Hayward, was arrested for robbery, attempted carjacking and resisting arrest.

At about 11 a.m., a woman was walking toward the mall entrance in a parking lot near the Macy's women's department store. She stopped to let a red 2004 Audi A4 convertible pass by her. Instead of stopping, however, police said the suspect stopped the vehicle, pushed the 29-year-old woman and stole her backpack.

Witnesses were able to give detailed descriptions of the suspect and the vehicle, including the license plate number. The car had been reported stolen in Campbell two hours earlier, police said. The California Highway Patrol had been in pursuit of the vehicle but lost sight of it in Tracy.

About 10 minutes after the mall incident was reported, a person flagged down a Pleasanton police officer driving down Sunol Boulevard near Castlewood Drive. The officer then saw the red convertible pulled over on Castlewood Drive, where several people were reportedly struggling to detain a large, dark-haired man near a silver vehicle.

Witnesses rushed to help a screaming woman as they saw a man struggling with her in a silver vehicle, according to the police report. The witnesses were able to pull him from the vehicle and push him to the ground. The victim told police the man had flagged her down on Sunol, saying he was out of gas. He allegedly got in the vehicle and tried to force her out, but she resisted.

With the help of the witnesses, the police officer was able to handcuff and detain the suspect.

Neither women were injured. Akbar was reportedly out on parole.

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Doug West
Harvest Park Middle School
on Aug 2, 2007 at 9:24 pm
Doug West, Harvest Park Middle School
on Aug 2, 2007 at 9:24 pm

The story on the attempted car jacking was very informative yet lacking impact. People in the community need to know that even though we live in a wonderful city, there are dangers. I also feel that the good sameritans who came to the aid of the girl should be given the credit they deserve. We all like to thing we would get involved when we see someone in distress, but actually taking action with little regard for one's own saftey is very heroic indeed.


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