Two gunmen still loose following failed robbery
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Attempted robbery at bowling alley
A Tracy police crime scene technician photographs the inside of the car and windshield damaged by a bullet during an alleged robbery attempt at the West valley Bowl on Thursday, Sept. 6.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Police are still searching for two men who allegedly tried to rob at gunpoint a man in the West Valley Bowl parking lot Thursday night.

According to Tracy police Lt. Wade Harper, police received a call at 8:15 p.m. for a robbery with shots fired at the bowling alley, 2365 East St.

During the robbery, Harper said, the victim allegedly struggled with the gunmen inside of his BMW 745i, which caused him to crash into a wall on the south side of the parking lot. As the men fought, one of the gunmen fired a gun, sending bullets through the vehicle’s windshield, Harper said.

The two alleged robbers are described as a Latino male and a black male, but no further description was available, Harper said. They were last seen running toward 22nd Street, where they jumped a fence.

Police were still searching for the two men as of 1 a.m. Friday.

Immediately after police received the call, officers surrounded the area and began a yard-to-yard search. Officers and two K-9 teams started on Holly Drive and moved east between 21st and 22nd streets.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter used a spotlight to help with the search.

After more than two hours of searching the area around the bowling alley, police called off the helicopter and dog teams.

“We didn’t find them,” Harper said.

Mark Sanders, who said he witnessed the alleged robbery, said one of the men was hanging onto the victim’s car as he tried to drive away.

“We were parking when we heard gunshots,” said Sanders, who was accompanied by his wife, Beth Sanders, and their two children, ages 4 and 6.

“I told the kids to get down,” he said. “Two guys were trying to take a car. They jumped into the back seat, and the guy tried to grab the gun. One guy was hanging on while the guy (victim) tried to get away.”

Beth Sanders said that in the aftermath, she ran into the bowling alley with her two children. The family was at the alley to meet friends.

“Pretty scary,” she said.

A security guard working at the bowling alley, who declined to give his name, said he heard the victim was planning to go into the Bowl at the time of the attempted robbery.

“I was inside the bar,” said the security guard. “People were saying there was an accident and I should check it out. I came outside and called 911.”

A crowd had gathered outside the front door of the bowling alley as a police crime-scene technician took pictures of the inside and outside of the victim’s car in the parking lot. Detectives were also seen talking to the victim as he stood outside a nearby police car.

Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to call Tracy Police Department, 831-4550.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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backinblack
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September 10, 2012
Hey Drummy, To answer your question, I don't know how it feels because I'm actually very capable of protecting my home & family. Exactly what part of my comment led you to even ask? Oh wait, is it because I don't hate cops and don't have the need to act like a bad a** on the internet? Whatever dude.

Based on some of your prior comments you seem to think the Tracy cops aren't all that tough and you believe you could take any of them out in a one on one tussle. CR posts his address as if it's some sort of challenge to someone. Here's where I'm a bit different than you two, I don't have a need to puff my chest on this website, nor am I dumb enough to expose myself to the possibility of some nut stopping by my house. FYI for both of you, there's always going to be someone a little badder and or crazier.

I have no idea why you and CR hold so much hate for the Tracy PD or why you feel the need to have the illusion of being the baddest cats in Tracy or where ever else and frankly I don't care. Keep on hating and bloating your ego's on this website, I'll just sit back and enjoy the show.

By the way, a puss? Comical, but hey, whatever makes you feel tough.
ChrisRoberts
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September 10, 2012
I post my address because I am a resident of Tracy and I am not afraid to hide from Jack squat.

Y'all know me. I don't hide my name with some lame handle or my address.And yes, me and my family pack heat. We used to call the police when we saw burglaries and car thefts, but since Tracy PD takes an hour to show up, whats the point.

Yea I think Tracy Pd sucks goat utter. I would rather the City contract services with the San Joaquin sheriff for more quality service.

And believe me that pains me to say it, because the sheriff department is not worth their weight in dung, either.

But of course most of you Tracy N00bies from some other place don't even remember former sheriff Baxter Dunn, HAH!
drumhead
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September 12, 2012
Who's acting like a bada**? Have a little confidence in yourself…geez… you sound like you are already resigned to the fact that just because he’s a police officer would beat you senseless 1 on 1, I personally have been through countless hours of Marine Corps mixed martial arts training as well as training on my own time for years, so yeah I'm pretty sure if he beat my a**, he'd be earning it. Does it make me an a**hole for having pride in my physical combat skills? Having said that, I'm not advocating violence against the police or anyone else for that matter but what I am saying is that I feel like the TPD as an organization is about one step shy of useless, unless of course you count creating revenue with traffic violations (whether real or fabricated) or a bevy of other BS tickets...Let me ask you a question, have you ever called the Tracy Police Department for assistance on an issue? Give me an honest answer, did they help you or send you a letter basically telling you to piss off which is what people I know have had happen to them. Well enough with my bloated ego...*thumps chest*
LuckyInTracyNot
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September 09, 2012
I moved back at the time the guy got killed, some guy beat him down pretty bad years ago. I think the Bowling Alley put up cameras to record the parking lot but I am not sure if they still have them.
tracyresdnt
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September 09, 2012
That area does suck. The bowling alley could put up a few lights in that junkyard parking lot. It's too bad law biding citizens can't arm themselves in their own vehicle.
backinblack
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September 08, 2012
What a surprise, the two Tracy cop haters agree. Yea, I know, you guy's are bad cats who patrol your own property, can take out any cop one on one in a fight, blah, blah, blah. CR, go ahead and post your address again so you can challenge any and all to come visit.
drumhead
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September 10, 2012
Wow, you sound like a puss. How does it feel to know if something happened in your home you wouldn't be able to protect your family???
LuckyInTracyNot
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September 08, 2012
To me it looks like a lot of scumballs are in and out of the low rent apartments on the north part of Grantline Road. It would not surprise me one iotta if that is where they ran off to. Or Court St and 23rd area. I saw a black and chicano walking out of Sunset liquor Store the day after looking shady.
ChrisRoberts
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September 08, 2012
Tracy PD-they are there to give you a speeding ticket.

But when the bad guys rob and have guns, they are no where to be found.

I wonder why?
HiddenLake37
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September 08, 2012
It should be common sense to most, but let me spell it out for you. They can't be everywhere at once. Read the police log and you'll see they are more than staying busy with crime in this town. And they're doing a great job I might ad...

Still butthurt about a speeding ticket? I've lived in this town since '97 and the only 2 times I was pulled over for speeding I was given warnings. Maybe it was your bad attitude that got you your ticket...
drumhead
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September 08, 2012
I've gotta agree with Chris here. It seems to me ol' HiddenLake37 is another one of those sheeple that thinks someone else is always going to be there to save the day when the time comes, we'll see how cheery you are when Jesus and Desean put that pistol through your car window. I'm sure you'll be thankful TPD was able to apprehend the suspect...oh wait they didn't, they were over at El Tapatio enjoying a delicious enchilada...
DaveOhare
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September 10, 2012
I totally agree with ChrisRoberts... Cops should be everywhere at all times and there is no reason crime should happen at all. We should all build an extra room in our houses so that way we can have a live in cop on the scene in under a minute.

Crime happens and I am not aware of a town that has zero crime. I grew up in a small town in Florida and we had very small population of ethnic people. You guys fear Jesus and Desean eating at the El Tapatio , I fear Jimmy and skeeter eating at the Krystals.

Funny how you are mad you got a ticket when speeding is 100% your fault. Maybe if people like you wouldn't have tied up the cop with your negligence of the speed limit they could catch more criminals.

shelly13
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September 10, 2012
The cops cannot be everywhere at all times. Yes Hidden Lake, common sense.

Cops have a hard job. Everyone loves a fireman, but the cops? Nope. Remember they get up every morning and go to a very high risk job. Hell look at the poor CHP guy who got killed on Hwy 680 the other day. They are out there doing their best and we as citizens should be more supportive.

There are also less of them out there due to budget cuts all over the state. We need to stop paying for stupid crap and make sure to have more police and emergency personnel on the roads. We also need to give these loser criminals harsher punishments. They aren't scared of going to prison. Its business as usual for them in there.

Glad no one was hurt. I hope TPD catches these losers.

ChrisRoberts
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September 10, 2012
Uh, I've never had a speeding ticket. I have a crystal clear record. I was giving an example of cops who sit around look for speeders to generate revenue for the city, but do not want to fight crime.

Shelly, to answer your question of "Why do the cops get up every day".

The answer is simple, to enjoy a lavish salary and retirement pension, all on the tax payer dime. Complete with luxury retirement at 55 years old.

My old man is a NAM vet, he is over 60. He gets up and goes to work and does not complain. Tracy COPS are nothings compared to real men like my pops. Real men work in the private sector, and they save for their own retirement.
shelly13
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September 11, 2012
I never asked why do they get up everyday. Please re-read.

Also, so what if people have jobs with great retirement? Good for them. People choose jobs for many different reasons. You obviously have something against cops.

Is TPD the best? Nope. But I know some of them and the ones I know are good people. There are jerks/idiots in every sector. The first line of defense is and should be we, the citizens. But I do not hesitate to call the cops if I need them and I have never had a problem with them so far. I think they do pretty good for being under budgeted and understaffed. Now for the rest of the city leaders/council, I'm not so sure!
Icare!
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September 07, 2012
I also have not had a great experience with TPD dispatchers except for Chastity, she seems to get it when she answers, keep up the good work girl. Glen, not sure Tracy PD officers really need to get lit up by your flash when they are searching for armed suspects. Maybe I am wrong but that is sure what it looks like you did.
awesomepossum
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September 07, 2012
I wish the dispatcher wouldnt have been so b!itchy when we called to get info about our neighborhood and our safety. We heard the helicopters making an announcement to the residents close by, but it was unclear what they were saying other than "dont leave your home". If you hate your job dispatcher "meghan", then find a new one. My family's safety and my many phone calls comes first. Please done make another family feel like it is a burden to check up on their safety when calling the "non emergency" hotline. Thanks a bunch!
LuckyInTracyNot
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September 07, 2012
Here we go again, crime. Well I bet they were not smart enough to not leave finger prints on the beamer. Go gettem Tracy PD!


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