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Attempted Gunpoint Robbery Sends Hercules Man Running to Nearby House

The victim ran, prompting the suspect with the gun to chase him for a short distance.

A stranger who appeared to be scared and out of breath knocked on a Hercules resident's door around 2 a.m. Sunday. The resident called police, who went to the home on the 100 block of Maritime Terrace to hear the stranger's story, according to the Hercules Police Department. 

"The victim said he was walking in the 100 block of Paradise when he saw three males standing in the area," according to the police shift report. "When he attempted to pass by one of the three males displayed a gun and told the victim 'Give me all you got.'"

Here's how the story played out, according to the police department's shift report: 

The victim ran, prompting the suspect with the gun to chase him for a short distance, according to police. 

The victim continued running until he found a house with the lights. The victim described the suspects as three African-American males in their late teens or early twenties. Two of the males had black hoodies on and the other one had a black zip-up jacket with a hood.

Officers located subjects, matching the suspects’ description, in the 100 block of Paradise. Two suspects ran but the third subject, a male juvenile, was detained without incident. The victim positively identified the juvenile as one of the three male who tried to rob him. This suspect was arrested for Attempt Robbery.

A short time later Officers located a second subject, who matched the description of the suspect with the gun.  The victim positively identified the second subject as the suspect with the gun. 23 year old Harold Sylvain was arrested for attempted robbery.  The third suspect was not located. Officers searched for the gun, but were unable to locate it.  Sylvain was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility and the juvenile was transported to Contra Costa Juvenile Detention Facility.

Share your thoughts about the story below. 

Richard L. January 09, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Not quite sure why the victim is walking around at 2AM... but if these suspects are guilty, get them the hell out of here.
Dennis Barry January 09, 2013 at 06:44 PM
I wasn't aware there was a curfew for Hercules.
Selina Williams January 09, 2013 at 08:38 PM
One of the things I love about Hercules is being able to walk my dog when ever I want to. Maybe I need a bigger scarier dog now.
Richard L. January 09, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Did I say there was one?
Joe P January 10, 2013 at 06:24 AM
We're getting these thugs from Richmond, Antioch, Bay Point and Oakland crowd. Hercules isn't what it used to be. (sigh)...
Susan D.Keeffe January 10, 2013 at 07:04 AM
We're getting them from Vallejo, Rodeo AND Hercules. We need to wake up.
Cristiano January 10, 2013 at 09:33 PM
w gun legislation the criminals will have the guns. More gu s less crime.
Selina Williams January 11, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Better education creates greater opportunity and coupled with civil and human rights = less hopelessness, discrimination, poverty and crime. Gun legislation keeps guns in the hands of those who should have them, police, military and other professionals trained in their use. I keep hearing about how everyone has a gun in Sweden (a country of only 10 million) and how peaceful it is. They have one of the highest crime rates in Europe. Until 2 years ago all males had mandatory military service. They spend almost nothing on less than 20K volunteer troups. They pay higher taxes than almost any nation BUT they have a way higher standard of living, hands down, including healthcare, family and sick leave averaging 24 days a year, and get this, 80% unionized labor. They have public school from age 1 and university is subsidized. One of my friends just immigrated there.
Jasmine Martinez January 11, 2013 at 01:02 PM
New gun laws are not going to stop these criminals from getting guns. They're getting them illegal now & will continue to. Thank you Susan, most of the crime in Hercules is from the youth in our town & Rodeo. It's mostly young black teenagers coming from the section 8 areas. Not to sound discriminatory but its the facts.
Cristiano January 11, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Gotcha Blake. Selina, most of the time, cops arrive at a crime scene after a crime has been committed. I am also certain that most of Americans are law abiding. If only victims of a crime had access to a weapon and know how to use it, what are the chances that a crime is foiled and more lives saved. Btw criminals will always have access to guns by way of smuggling or stealing. Our borders are not being protected from illegals same goes with illegal guns.
Renae January 11, 2013 at 11:56 PM
I dont know if you know this however, Ms MARTINEZ, the next article in the Patch is about a hispanic guy embezzling funds from a major home improvement store here in Hercules. Luckily, no one has made the ignorant blanket statement - like you did - that this persons' behavior is a reflection of all of our hispanic brothers and that they're nothing but criminals...Wake up and dont languish in stupidity!
MsJazcee March 22, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Such a racists comment about the area where the "suppose" thugs are from...I don't think there is NO AREA IN the Bay Area or USA that doesn't have some sort of criminal activity what word do you live in..gezzzz....
MsJazcee March 22, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Apparently racism exist....wow.. Can't believe some of the comment on here!!!

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