Suspects in armed robbery of FedEx truck last week headed back to court in September

Victim, suspects and key witness in holdup all FedEx employees

Not only was 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 will be back in court Sept. 9 when they're set to enter pleas. Jason Niusulu, 23, of Hayward and Dominique Hamilton, 21, of Union City will be sentenced Sept. 9. 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. last Wednesday morning 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 boxed 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 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 that matched the one used in the robbery was still inside.

In questioning, the mother of Hamilton's child pointed police toward Niusulu, saying the holdup was his idea, according to court records, which said Niusulu denied his involvement, but let police search his room where 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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Posted by Awesome
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Nice job police department wrapping this up quickly...

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Posted by JJ Evans
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Had jobs and still committed an armed robbery in which innocent people could have been killed with a deadly and illegal weapon (sawed off shotgun) . Really?

Used your mom's car for the robbery. Wow!

Got your Baby Mama pissed off. Priceless.

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Posted by 3 Sides to Every Story
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Loaders work part-time and make minimum wage, with no benifits.
There's no excuse for committing armed robbery but maybe FedEx Ground should think less about slave driving and more about paying salaries loaders can live on.

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