For Immediate Release May 23, 2023
Nine Arrested in Connection to Nearly Three Dozen Robberies
In recent weeks, the City of Oakland has been terrorized by violent individuals wreaking havoc and committing robberies upon unassuming community members.
The Oakland Police Department (OPD) is investigating several different robbery series citywide, where robbery crews are brazenly victimizing individuals at alarming rates. To date, there has been a 7% increase in robberies over this same time last year.
On May 21, 2023, OPD Officers spotted a vehicle wanted in connection with one of the above-mentioned series and tracked the vehicle to the 100 block of 14th Street. Multiple occupants exited the vehicle and went into a nearby establishment. Officers methodically coordinated a plan before entering the location. As officers arrived, the vehicle in front of the establishment took off at a high rate of speed.
OPD’s helicopter (ARGUS) monitored the vehicle and tracked it to the area of 6th Avenue and E. 15th Street. Four occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers quickly responded, and following a foot pursuit, safely took those individuals into custody.
Additionally, five individuals were safely taken into custody at the establishment.
Due to the phenomenal work and collaborative effort of officers assigned to Patrol, the Community Resource Section, ARGUS, officers working violence suppression, and our Criminal Investigation Division, a total of nine individuals, ranging in age from 12 to 17 (three females, six males), eight of which are Oakland residents, were arrested for robbery.
Currently, this group is connected to 35 reported robberies. The areas impacted by this crew:
• Grand Lake
• Adams Point
• Bella Vista
• Ivy Hill
• Trestle Glen
• City of Piedmont
• City of El Cerrito
OPD investigators continue their tireless yet diligent work in identifying cases associated with this crew. These investigations are ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Robbery Section at (510) 238-3326.