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Teacher robbed in school parking lot in Sacramento’s Valley Hi area

A teacher was the victim of an armed robbery that occurred early Friday in a school parking lot in Sacramento’s Valley Hi area.

The robbery occurred about 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Union House Elementary School, 7850 Deer Creek Drive. The teacher was approached by a man armed with what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun, said Xanthi Pinkerton, spokeswoman for the Elk Grove Unified School District. She said the robber took the teacher’s bag, which contained a cellphone.

School staff members immediately called school district police, but the robber fled before officers arrived.

The teacher, though uninjured, was shaken up and went home, Pinkerton said.

The robber was described as black, about 30 years old, approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a slender build. He was wearing a baseball cap, a gray and blue sweatsuit, and tennis shoes.

Pinkerton said the district sent notices regarding the robbery to Union House parents, as well as parents and employees at three other schools in the area: Charles Mack and Prairie elementary schools and Samuel Jackman Middle School.

A breakfast program for students begins at 7:30 a.m., but a few students were already on campus, in the school office, when the robbery occurred. Pinkerton said school officials are reminding parents that students should not be at school before 7:30 a.m.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy