Suspects Allegedly Ambush UPS Truck, Attempt to Steal Video Games

The driver was taken to a local hospital after the attack.

A UPS driver making deliveries in south Elk Grove was attacked and hit in the face with a rock Tuesday night, police say.

According to an Elk Grove Police Department crime log, a red, two-door Acura pulled up behind the truck around 9 p.m. near Coop Drive and Rowser Way and flashed its headlights. The driver pulled over and began speaking with the driver of the Acura.

A passenger from the Acura then climbed into the UPS truck and hit the driver in the face with a rock, then demanded he hand over boxes from GameStop, the crime log states.

The second suspect fought with the driver and was able to rip open two boxes, according to the department. 

He exited the truck and fled in the Acura, the crime log states.

"At this time, it is unknown if anything was taken from the UPS truck," the department stated. "[The driver] suffered visible injuries and was transported to a local area hospital. Responding officers were unable to locate the suspects or the vehicle involved."


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Bob B October 19, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Is there a description of the what the suspects looked like - so the public can help the police find them? Maybe even the license plate number? Just saying.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hi Bob, unfortunately no descriptions were listed in the crime log.
John October 19, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I've noticed lately that if the suspects are white or even hispanic it says so in the report. If they are black it is never mentioned. I don't know why they are so reluctant to say " two black suspects" but never have any problem saying "two white suspects"?
KG October 22, 2012 at 02:38 AM
You know, the fact that you would notice this is very telling about you as a person.
John October 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I guess I should not be concerned about what race has comitted a crime? How do we identify suspects? The accusation you make that I am racist is very telling about you "KG"! I feel as if we as a nation are now ultra sensative about race and the news agencies are afraid to say "two black men" or "the suspects are black" these days. If you knew me you would know that I am definately not racist. I have no problem saying that the guys who robbed me are "black gang members sagging their pants" if that is who robbed me. Same way I would say " three white guys in sheets and hoods robbed me" or "two hispanic's wearing red bandanas stole my car" if that is who I witnessed steling my car, etc. The fact that you can make such an accusation because I am stating and noticed the obvious is even more telling about you. I guess in a perfect world we could all pretend that the suspects race doesn't matter when trying to identify and watch out for suspects of a crime?
Felicia Mello October 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Hi guys, Elk Grove Patch—like many mainstream news organizations—reports the race of a suspect only as part of a larger description that includes other identifying details, such as the person's stature, clothing, vehicle, eye color, etc. We do not report on race in isolation if it is the only description available. We think this avoids fostering racism and paranoia, while still keeping our readers informed. We apply the policy equally whether we're talking about a white suspect, a black suspect, or one of any other race.
KG October 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Thanks Felicia. This policy makes complete sense to me. Considering the diversity in the area, it seems to me that it would be pointless to identify the race of the criminals if it were the only description available. We'd be on the lookout for everybody.
KG October 23, 2012 at 12:54 AM
BTW articles of clothing are unhelpful because they're easily shed or changed.
John October 23, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I still stand behind my origional comment. I was not talking abouyt "The Patch" specifically but many other organizations including TV news shows. If it is the Patches policy to not include race in their reporting I cna support that. But know this, if somebody at the Patch was robbed the first question asked by law enforcement will be what race were they. As a reader of the Patch i'm now offended that you said "Red Acura". Why not just "Acura"? (just kidding)
KG October 23, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Lol. Hopefully you'd be just as ready to identify white guys with sagging pants and black guys with red bandanas, too. Just so you know, I used to work for a police department, and while clothing descriptions may help in the moments after a crime is committed, they aren't helpful identifiers because they're easily shed or changed. Race is likewise pretty unhelpful IF it is the only description available. Identifying someone as black in an area with a lot of black people, or saying that a suspect is latino in an area with high latino population (latino is the pc term these days, fyi) is entirely unhelpful. How are the police going to find someone based on race unless that suspect happens to be one of an extreme few who can be identified as that race in the area? You want to focus on things like height, weight, eye color, length of hair (which can be changed, too, I guess), hair color, facial hair, etc. If you think race is a helpful identifier, allowing you to be on your guard, then you must look pretty funny when walking around in public, suspicious of half the people around you. Just something to consider. ;)
John October 23, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Like the comedian Chris Rock so hilariously stated, " when you are walking up to your ATM getting ready to withdraw a bunch of cash, you are not looking over your shoulder for some nerdy white guy, you're looking out for "n-word". I am always very aware of my surroundings and I watch out for methed out white guys as much as I do any race or people. I can guarantee that the EG Police were looking for a specific race driving that red Acura even though the Patch didn't identify the race.


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