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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 17:50

Update: Suspect arrested in Alameda, CA, Body Shop Employee Robbery

An Oakland man suspected of beating and robbing an auto body shop employee who was giving him a courtesy ride home Sept. 28 was arrested Oct. 1 after he returned to Alameda Collision Repair to collect his damaged car, KPIX Channel 5 reported.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video and shop employees alerted police to his return, KPIX said.

Meanwhile the robbery victim remains hospitalized. Friends of the young man told Alameda Patch that he is undergoing surgery for a fractured jaw.

The suspect had taken his vehicle to the shop at 1911 Park St. on Sept. 28 for an estimate and then asked for a ride to his home in Oakland, Police Lt. Jill Ottaviano said.

After they reached Oakland, the customer attacked the driver, who is an Alameda Collision Repair employee, and stole money from him, she said. The amount stolen was not reported.

The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries are not life-threatening, Ottaviano said.

The incident is considered a strong-arm robbery and reportedly no weapon was used, she said.

The incident is being investigated by the Oakland Police Department, she said. Alameda police are assisting with the investigation.

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