Oakland man arrested for armed robbery series in Pinole

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An Oakland man was arrested today on suspicion of committing a series of armed robberies in Pinole over the past two months.

Michael Barber, 49, was taken into custody as he exited his home in the the 1200 block of 102nd Avenue in Oakland. Detectives with the Pinole Police Department joined the Contra Costa County-FBI Safe Streets Task Force in serving the search and arrest warrant.

“The victims of the robberies were able to provide detailed descriptions of the suspect, the handgun, and the suspect vehicle and license plate,” police said. “Barber was also captured on surveillance video during one of the robberies.”

During the search of Barber’s house, Pinole detectives located clothing he wore during the robberies as well as the handgun he used, police said.

Barber, who is on parole for robbery, was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on three counts of second-degree robbery, three counts of prior serious felony charge, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, three counts of felon in possession of a firearm, as well as for criminal threats and a parole violation, according to police.