Feb 1, 2016
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Two Antioch residents were arrested Saturday in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Jan. 22 on the BART path south of El Cerrito del Norte Station, police said.

The robbery occurred just after 6 p.m. in the 1700 block of Lexington Avenue, where a suspect brandished a handgun and threatened to shoot a female victim before stealing her cellphone, police said. The suspect then fled northbound.

Days later, El Cerrito police investigators learned the victim’s cellphone had been sold to a business in Solano County that buys used phones.

“That business provided information about the female who sold them the cell phone and a male that was with her at the time, who was similar in appearance to the suspect in the [robbery case],” police said.

Further investigation led to search and arrest warrants at a home in Antioch executed by a SWAT team Saturday.

Seven people were detained in the home without incident and officers quickly determined five of them had no involvement in the case.

However, two of the people in the home were arrested for their involvement, including Kalani Thomas-Spikes, 20, of Antioch, and Jemani Nash, 26, of Antioch. Both were booked on robbery and conspiracy charges, among others.

Police are now looking into whether these same suspects were involved in other similar crimes.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.