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Police Arrest San Leandro Man on Suspicion of Robbery

Ruben Powell, 22, was arrested in the 900 block of Manor Boulevard on Monday

Ruben Powell. Photo provided by San Leandro Police
Ruben Powell. Photo provided by San Leandro Police
Information provided by San Leandro Police Nixle Alerts—

On March 31, around 7:00 p.m., suspect Ruben Powell walked up to the victim’s vehicle which was parked in front of a business on Manor Boulevard in San Leandro. Without the victim’s permission, Powell opened the passenger door of the vehicle and sat on the passenger seat. 

Powell immediately demanded the victim hand over his cell phone at which time the victim concealed his phone inside of his pocket. Powell reached over and tried to forcibly steal the phone from the victim, however he was unsuccessful. Powell then grabbed the victim’s car keys, which were in the ignition.

The victim struggled with Powell in an attempt to prevent Powell from stealing his keys. Powell threatened to “hit” the victim if he didn’t let go of the keys. Powell was then able to wrestle the keys from the victim and exit the vehicle. Before Powell fled from the vehicle, the victim yelled that he was calling the police. Powell reacted by throwing the keys at the victim, into the passenger compartment. The victim then called the San Leandro Police Department. 

Powell was subsequently detained a few blocks from the scene of the robbery. The victim identified Powell as the robbery suspect and Powell was arrested. 

Lieutenant DeCosta said, “The suspect in this case was arrested because the victim immediately notified the authorities and provided essential information. Field units in the area utilized this information, located the suspect and made the arrest.” 

Please contact the San Leandro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division with any information regarding this case at 510-577-3230 or contact the Anonymous Tip Line at 510-577-3278. 

Citizens can also send an anonymous tip to San Leandro Police Department by texting the word SLPD and their tip to 847411. Anonymous web tips can be submitted from the Police Department’s website at http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd/at.asp\ 
Ken Briggs April 02, 2014 at 09:32 AM
good for the police department, lets hope the courts put this scum away for a year . but where does this scum live at ?

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