Takeover robbers caught on tape

August 23, 2008 7:10:34 PM PDT
Oakland Police are investigating eight shootings and another takeover robbery, all in a matter of a few hours.

The surveillance video shows it all: two men coming into the nomad cafe at around 10:15 p.m., waving a gun and forcing employees and two customers into a back room.

A couple of minutes later, the robbers left the room, ripping what appear to be bandanas from their faces as they make their getaway.

The latest East Bay takeover robbery remains unsolved.

Christopher Waters owns the Nomad Cafe and recently upgraded his security cameras, just in case of this.

"It would be great if they would get caught, we all have fantasies about what we would do to these guys," said Waters.

But with so many unsolved crimes in Oakland, they may never be caught.

"It's actually really, really depressing," said an Oakland resident.

A 52-year-old woman was found shot just before 4:00 a.m. on Saturday morning at 90th and Dowling. She died soon after.

Eight people total were shot in a three-hour period. While only one person died, several people including a child, were sent to the hospital and so far, no arrests have been made.

"Look around you, there's people already afraid to come out," said Oakland resident Miguel Rios.

"Just overwhelmed at how serious this is," said Jane Brunner from the Oakland City Council District 1. "What we're not doing, and what the police department is not doing, is taking investigations serious enough."

ABC7 News tried to contact the police chief, who was unavailable. We did get this statement from Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums stating: "I am confident that our comprehensive public safety strategy, which incorporates prevention, intervention, enforcement and sustainability, will allow us to reach our goal of peace."

"It's not acceptable, we can't live in a city that you have to be afraid that your kid walking down the street is going to be shot. It has to stop," said Brunner.


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