Oakland Police are investigating three murders and 32 robberies amid latest surge in violent crime – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Oakland police warned residents Friday that the city had seen a surge in violent crime this week.
According to a press release from Oakland Police, Homicide investigators have been tracking the deaths of three people killed in Oakland since Wednesday. Police said the murders occurred within 24 hours and investigators are following up on the clues.
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“Three families are forever changed by this senseless gun violence,” said OPD boss LeRonne L. Armstrong in the press release. “I am committed to reducing the violence in Oakland by all means at my disposal. However, this is not a mission for any person or department. We rely on our partnership with community members to put an end to the violence. “
Police also said 32 different robberies had been reported in a 24-hour period as of Thursday. Crimes ranged from armed robbery to car theft across the city. Police found that in several cases, suspects used the stolen vehicles to commit further robberies.
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Oakland Police said many of the cases appeared to be casual crimes based on information from victims and witnesses. The suspects were identified as two different groups of women and men, ages 11 through early 20s.
Police said investigations into the robberies revealed that there are often two or more suspects in a vehicle looking for distracted victims. The driver usually stays with the vehicle while the other suspects are confronted with the person. According to police, victims are often robbed and kidnapped while sitting in their parked vehicle or arriving at their destination.
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Anyone with additional information on the murders is encouraged to call the Oakland Police Department Homicide at (510) 238-3821 or the tipline at (510) 238-7950.