Two suspects arrested in vicious Oakland assault

April 20, 2010 2:28:04 PM PDT
Two suspects have been arrested in the beating of a 59-year-old San Francisco man who was assaulted while shopping with his son in Oakland.

They are accused of assaulting 27-year-old Jin Cheng Yu and sending his father, 59-year-old Tiansheng Yu, to intensive care.

Both Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts thanked the public Tuesday for their help brining the case to what is, in their opinion, resolution.

The two suspects, 18-year-old Lavonte Drummer and 18-year-old Dominic Davis, were both shown on surveillance video previously released by the Oakland Police Department. Drummer turned himself in to police around 5:00 Monday evening. Davis was caught in Berkeley Monday night by a gang task force.

The beating occured around 3 p.m. Friday in front of the Fox Theater in the 1800 block of Telegraph Avenue in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. Tiansheng and his son were shopping when Jin was attacked. Tiansheng stood up for his son and in turn was beaten and sustained a serious head injury.

He was transported to Highland Hospital where he has remained on life support. A family spokesman says that barring a miracle, Yu may have to be taken off life support.

"One lived very close to where the crime occurred. Lived off of Castro," Lt. Brian Mediros told reporters Tuesday morning. "I cannot get into exact details of the interview because it hasn't even been presented to the DA's office yet, but both have made admissions to the crime."

"What brings us to this moment is extraordinary cooperation on behalf of a number of residents in this community who stepped up, who worked diligently with the Oakland Police Department, to bring us to this moment," Mayor Dellums said.

The mayor and police chief both expressed their deepest regrets to the Yu family. The attack occurred in broad daylight in what is known to be a safe part of Oakland.

Police say both suspects in the case have police records from when they were juveniles. The headline on their rap sheets is robbery.


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