For Immediate Release: May 9, 2022
This past weekend, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) saw a spike in armed robberies. On Friday, there were seven robberies and two carjackings citywide in Oakland. The next day the city experienced nine additional robberies, one attempted robbery, and a carjacking. On Sunday, there were four robberies, one carjacking, and one attempted carjacking. In most of the crimes, individuals were armed with either a knife or a firearm.
Thanks to leads provided by community members, OPD patrol officers were able to quickly locate the vehicle linked to several of the robberies. Officers took three individuals into custody in connection to at least seven of the robberies.
The Department is closely tracking this current trend, including descriptions of those responsible and their vehicles. If you are a victim or have information regarding these violent crimes, please call OPD’s Robbery Unit at 510-238-3326.
The Department remains vigilant of the numerous incidents occurring in Oakland and urges you to be aware of your surroundings at all times:
REDUCE YOUR RISK:
- Don’t be distracted by your electronic devices.
- Do not resist/Property can be replaced.
- Be a good witness and pay attention to the description of the individual or vehicle.
- OPD Commanders are deploying more officers in the parts of Oakland, where there is an increase in armed robberies.
- OPD’s Violent Crime Operations Center (VCOC) and Patrol Division continue to use intelligence-led policing to identify and arrest those responsible.
Working together, we can reduce violence in Oakland.