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* Jason Niusulu of Hayward was arrested for the connection in the robbery of FedEx truck

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Pleasanton police on Friday announced a second arrest in connection with the robbery of a FedEx truck this week that was allegedly pulled off by at least one, and now two, of the company’s employees. Jason Niusulu, 23, of Hayward, was arrested by detectives just after 10 p.m. Thursday and booked for armed robbery, according to the Pleasanton Police Department. Niusulu was a FedEx employee at the company’s San Leandro facility, a worker on the same package loading belt as his friend, coworker and fellow robbery suspect Dominique Hamilton, 20, of Union City, police said. The two men are believed to have donned masks and hooded sweatshirts with two other suspects and then allegedly robbed a FedEx truck at gunpoint Wednesday near a business in the 4300 block of Hacienda Drive. One of the suspects took out a shotgun and ordered the driver to open up the truck’s rear cargo area, and the suspects removed several boxes containing computers before fleeing in a gold Buick sedan, according to police. No one was injured. The boxes were headed for the Apple Store at the Stoneridge Shopping Center, the truck’s next stop, leading investigators to conclude that the suspects had inside knowledge of the company’s operations, police Lt. Mark Senkle said. Police caught a break in the case because another FedEx driver, who was planning to meet up with the first driver to transfer a package, witnessed the robbery and noted the license plate of the getaway car. With that information, investigators determined it was a rental car and learned it was being driven by Hamilton, who was not the person renting it, Senkle said. Hamilton was arrested when he arrived for work at about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, Senkle said. He had driven to work in the rental car, and inside the car police found a sawed-off shotgun believed to be the weapon used in the robbery, Senkle said. Hamilton’s duties at the facility, where he has worked for about a year and a half, include loading the delivery trucks on Pleasanton delivery routes, police said. Hamilton was charged Friday with armed robbery and possession of an illegally modified shotgun.
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