Police have arrested a teen suspected of working with a partner to commit 28 different armed robberies in Hayward and surrounding areas over the past two months, Hayward police said.Employees of the Market Quick Service convenience store on 27826 Mission Boulevard called police at approximately 10:43 p.m. on Thursday to report an armed robbery, police said.The store’s owner reported that employees were prepping to close the store when a suspect came through the front door, pointed a handgun at an employee behind the cash register, and demanded money.The employee gave the suspect an unspecified amount of money, and the suspect ran out of front door to an awaiting vehicle, described by a witness as a white four-door Chevy with a driver inside, that was parked on the south side of the business on Webster Street.The driver and passenger suspects drove westbound on Webster Street, and then southbound onto Mission Boulevard, police said.At around 10:45 p.m., an officer driving to the scene saw the described vehicle and two suspects about one mile away from the convenience store driving westbound on Tennyson Road.The officer followed the vehicle, and eventually initiated a “high risk stop” at 983 Forselles Way, police said. The driver was detained, but the passenger fled on foot into a surrounding apartment complex.Police set up a perimeter and searched the area aided by a California Highway Patrol helicopter and Union City Police canine unit, but said they did not find the passenger suspect. However,they did find the suspect’s handgun and clothing in a playground area at 750 Harris Road.The driver suspect, identified as a 16-year-old runaway who was reportedly living in Fremont, was arrested.The passenger suspect, described as a black, 17 to 20-year-old male, about 6 feet tall with a slim build and thin mustache, is still at large.Given a subsequent investigation, police believe these two suspects may be responsible for at least 28 different armed robberies in Hayward and nearby communities that have occurred in the past two months at various convenience-type stores.Hayward police said they will be leading a collaboration of agencies in the area to charge the passenger suspect, possibly as an adult, and to further identify the outstanding suspect. The Hayward Police Department is requesting anyone with
information regarding this investigation to contact Detective Bill Alexander at (510) 293-7121 or Detective Cory Linteo at (510) 293-7149.
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