In videos you'll see only on 7, watch as a married couple in their 70s are followed, as they leave a friend's jewelry shop on Franklin Street.
The man in this video told anchor Dion Lim the suspect appeared well-dressed and suddenly drew a gun and demanded his wife's purse. She was pushed to the ground as they both fell. Another video, also used in the police investigation shows the perpetrator run to a nearby getaway car, purse in hand.
𝗔𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗮𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗥𝗼𝗯𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗔𝘁 𝗚𝘂𝗻𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁:— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) January 2, 2022
2 seniors in their 70’s were targeted around 2pm in the area of 8th & Franklin in Oakland.
“Mr. H” told me he & his wife had just visited a friend’s jewelry store when suddenly… (1/3) pic.twitter.com/ABGU0WrtEv
…a man approaches, pulls a gun.— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) January 2, 2022
Mr. H said the man “said give me your f**king purse!” then pushed Mrs. H to the ground took her purse & ran off. They’re physically OK.
The guy almost got hit by a car while escaping & ran to a nearby getaway vehicle. (2/3) #StopAAPIHate pic.twitter.com/CJDsQfXpTd
Carl Chan, president of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce says crime was down in the neighborhood before the holidays and he will be lobbying for more protections to keep people safe.
"Not only are we needing more police presence in the community, we need to install additional cameras and license plate readers because it has proven successful in many cities."
The male victim in this case said Oakland feels like "a broken society" after COVID and went on to say "fortunately we got bruised but have no broken bones or anything serious. Mentally we are really scared." The man also said he doesn't believe defunding the police is the way to keep the community safe and is grateful his four children are nearby and can deliver groceries and help with errands.