Youthful violent crime in Oakland will increase throughout COVID-19 pandemic – CBS San Francisco
SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) – Oakland police are seeing more children under the age of 10 committing serious crimes.
Police Commissioner LeRonne Armstrong said he is working with the Alameda County Parole Board and council members to find alternative programs that can steer teens in the right direction.
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“Unfortunately we have seen an increase in juvenile delinquency,” he said. “We saw a number of robberies, thefts and carjackings that we believe may involve young people as young as 10 years old.”
One of these recent crimes was captured on home video on April 9th. It shows two children, one of whom is armed with a gun, and runs towards a man who is standing next to his car on the 300 block of Pershing Drive.
You can hear the victim say, “Are you serious?” before his body hits the young man.
The move sent the suspect’s gun out into the street.
The suspect can hear screaming while his partner begs the victim to let him go.
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San Leandro police say the suspects started in a small white Kia SUV that was used on another crime earlier in the day.
A trio of teenagers tried to rob a man who had just withdrawn cash from a Chase Bank ATM on Fairmont Drive. The victim claimed to be an off duty police officer and successfully deterred the suspects, according to police.
“We know the pandemic is having a huge impact on young people,” said Armstrong. “You have no extracurricular activities. They don’t have a school so we know they are affected. We just want to make sure we offer them some positive outlets. “
Days after attempted carjacking, Oakland police arrested three young suspects in the same getaway car for being involved in an armed robbery. The young people were handed over to their guardians.
Three days later, San Leandro police arrested an 11-year-old, a 12-year-old and two 14-year-olds who were involved in a carjacking on Begier Avenue. Two of these suspects were implicated in the Pershing Drive and Chase Bank cases.
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Armstrong added that there is hope that schools and recreation centers will act as a deterrent to the reopening and resumption of youth sports.