Crimewatch: Robbery Near W. Oakland BART

May 8, 2013
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This was recently posted on Nextdoor Emeryville, a local social networking site. The incident occurred about a week ago.

“K and I were riding our bikes along Mandela from WO BART a bit after 7:00
this evening, more or less side-by-side in the bike lane with me on
the traffic side. Just before 14th Ave. there were two young men on
the sidewalk a few yards away, and at about the time K noticed one
had a gun he lunged at her and knocked her to the ground. I saw the
gun pointed at me when I turned back, and handed him my phone and her
bag as he directed. All this as cars were passing! The gun guy
headed up 14th with our stuff, two OPD officers arrived, and half an
hour later when the reports were finished we found the bag, minus only
cash and phone, a block away. The business in front of which it
happened has a security camera, so perhaps we’ll even have pictures of
the guys — assuming a robbery where nobody was hurt rates any of a
detective’s time.

I bet most of the cyclists who passed thought we were being given a
ticket for something. :-)

Anyway, the police said they’ve been patroling around the BART station
because, if I understood correctly, this has been happening a lot
lately. Be careful!”

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