Wednesday, January 5, 2022

REPORT: Oakland Violence Prevention Chief and Reporters Held Up at Gunpoint During Interview

Source: East Bay Times

Published: June 28, 2021

By: George Kelly

OAKLAND — An attempted armed robbery outside Oakland city hall during a television crew’s interview with the city’s violence prevention chief ended without injury, sources said Monday.

Just after 6 p.m., police said in a statement that two suspects approached a cameraperson filming during an interview at 3:09 p.m. before trying to take the camera at gunpoint.

After a scuffle ensued, “the armed security officer pulled his firearm out, and directed the suspects to leave. The suspects immediately left the area without the camera,” police said.


Officers, including a police spokesperson, responded to the scene during an investigation. There were no injuries, police said.

“Please be advised that the suspects are still outstanding,” police said. “We encourage everyone to be vigilant of their surroundings and report all crimes. Please stay safe.”

Cespedes, a former Los Angeles anti-gang czar who oversaw a significant drop in gang-related homicides, joined the city in September 2019 with a mandate to tackle the city’s homicide rate.

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