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Alameda Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect

Alameda Police have arrested Alejandro Mendoza on suspicion of armed robbery.

Alameda Police have arrested Alejandro Mendoza on suspicion of armed robbery.

Alameda police have arrested a suspect in a November 8th armed robbery on Park Street that could have turned deadly.

Police say that Alejandro Mendoza of Oakland approached a couple at around midnight on the 1400 block of Park Avenue, as they hurried to their car after leaving a dance studio.

Before they could close the passenger side door of the car, Mendoza allegedly leaned into the vehicle, demanded property, and pointed a gun at the head of one of the victims and began pulling the trigger.

The gun did not discharge.

The driver then sped away, knocking the assailant to the ground.

The victims subsequently called 9-1-1, and officers searched the area for a suspect and a weapon, finding neither.

Police did learn, however, that someone, believed to be Mendoza, had just left a local business where he brandished a semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at the ceiling, and pulled the trigger several times. Police did not say if the weapon discharged.

According to Alameda police, Mendoza is a known gang member with a criminal history.

Yesterday, at about 9:00 a.m., having obtained an arrest warrant for Mendoza and a search warrant for his residence in Oakland, Alameda Police Department’s Critical Incident Response Team arrested Mendoza at his house without incident. Officers from the San Leandro and Oakland police departments’ SWAT teams assisted.

Mendoza was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.

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