A $2,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of the teenagers who beat a city employee and stole his wallet Monday, Vallejo police said today. The Vallejo Police Department also posted on its Web site video taken at the scene of the beating and robbery at 640 Broadway. Police said the attack happened around 3:20 p.m. near Vallejo High
School as the 47-year-old Suisun City man was returning a backhoe to the city’s corporation yard. Sgt. Kevin Bartlett said a male juvenile threw something at the backhoe as it passed and the city worker drove back to the location “in an attempt to contact the suspect for a police response.” The worker was attacked by several male juveniles and was knocked to the ground “where he was swarmed by what appears to be over 40 people,” Bartlett said. The employee suffered a fractured skull, fractured jaw, broken teeth and a fractured collarbone, Bartlett said. He was treated at Kaiser Permanente, Vallejo Medical Center. The video was taken by security cameras at Britton’s Mini Mart and by a concerned citizen, police said. Some of the people involved in the incident have been identified and others are believed to have substantial information about the beating or are possible suspects, Bartlett said. The worker, wearing an orange shirt, can be seen sitting on the ground after the beating and robbery and good Samaritans eventually broke up the attack, Bartlett said. Police said Tuesday three teens were involved in the actual assault and it’s unknown if they are Vallejo High School students. Ken Shoemaker, vice president of Local 2376 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2376 said the employee was a well-liked, 20-year city employee and IBEW union member. The IBEW Local 2376 and the Solano Crime Stoppers have each offered a $1,000 reward.
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