Suspect arrested in brazen armed robberies in Richmond, Oakland

Suspect arrested in brazen armed robberies in Richmond, Oakland
Video surveillance of the suspect at the armed robbery scenes in Oakland (left) and Richmond (right). Photos courtesy of Oakland and Richmond police)

A man wanted in connection with brazen armed robberies in Richmond and Oakland has been arrested, but an accomplice is still being sought, according to the Oakland Police Department.

The suspect, who hasn’t been identified, was seen on widely distributed surveillance video from the crime scenes in both cities. In an attempt to avoid capture, he “cut his hair and planned on leaving the state,” police said. He was arrested by the California Highway Patrol in Los Banos after police initiated a statewide Be On the Look Out (BOLO) arrest warrant.

“The suspect admitted to his role in the robberies,” police said. “The case is headed to the Alameda Co. DA’s office. The 2nd suspect is still outstanding. No additional information will be given at this time.”

Both armed robberies occurred Monday, Feb. 10. The Oakland incident occurred in the 2000 block of Damuth Street. In Richmond, the suspect pointed a gun at the victim before robbing him in the bustling commercial corridor in the 12500 block of San Pablo Avenue, near Clinton Avenue, police said.