Four Oakland Teens Arrested For San Leandro Robberies

San Leandro police think they've busted four teens responsible for a Tuesday crime spree on the north end of town.


San Leandro police have arrested four Oakland teens on suspicion that they pulled off a string of armed robberies Tuesday night including one in which they forced a woman out of her car at gunpoint and then drove away.

According to police, about 9:35 pm Tuesday a gang of armed robbers targeted three separate victims in the area of Pershing Avenue and Suffolk Drive, not far from San Leandro Police Department headquarters.

Police say the victims were randomly selected, and hit within a few blocks of one another. The robbers demanded money and other valuables. During one robbery the perpetrators forced a woman out of her car at gunpoint, then got into the vehicle and drove off.

Luckily, police said, none of the victims were hurt. 

Police say detectives made the case a priority and identified 4 suspects within 24 hours of the incidents. The stolen vehicle was recovered, intact, in Oakland. 

Thursday morning police announced that they had arrested two 15-year-old boys from Oakland and two 18-year-old men, also from Oakland: Stephen Peterson and Dereak Brown.

Based on the violence associated with each case, police said San Leandro's SWAT team made the arrests in two operations. 

“This was a total team effort," said San Leandro police Lt. Randall Brandt. "Our citizens were good witnesses and they provided detailed information to our officers. The patrol officers investigating the incidents advised the detectives of the situation. The detectives developed leads which ultimately identified the suspects.” 

Police say this is an ongoing investigation and asked witnesses to contact the San Leandro Police Department’s Investigations Division at (510) 577-3233. Information can also be texted anonymously to 847411. 

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Andrew Kopp October 04, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I wonder whether these same boys/men are also suspected of the armed robbery of the Bancroft Safeway.
Tom Abate (Editor) October 04, 2012 at 07:24 PM
There was no word from police on that.
Rick Olivero October 04, 2012 at 09:02 PM
.............BRAVO!!! SLPD............
Theresa Lupo October 04, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Good work! I hope they get the Safeway robbers also!
Ken Kellogg October 05, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Their mommies should be SO proud of their little hoodlums. ----->Remember: Use a gun, (and they should) get 10 years!<-----
Barry Kane October 05, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Great work SLPD!!!
Ken Briggs October 05, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Ken ,They should all go to jail / prisom . ten years for the gun and ten years for elder abuse . and then what ever other charges they have , give them all twenty five years and lets hope they learn a new trade
Owl October 05, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Take the babies momma off of welfare.
Ken Briggs October 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Owl you got that right .
Fred Eiger October 06, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Pershing and Suffolk are literally a hop, skip and a jump from Oakland. I'm glad these guys were caught.
Ken Briggs October 06, 2012 at 02:54 AM
the younger ones wanted to be with young men treat them the same way put them in jail . butthe way the courts do things they will be out soon ,
Sarah Nash October 08, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Yes, they do look charming.
Ken Briggs October 09, 2012 at 10:27 PM
so where,s the up date on these young bots ? what happen in court .? should have put the youg ones all in jail
Andrew Kopp October 09, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Has anyone ever seen a booking photo that was complimentary? I think comments on the suspects' appearance, status of their mothers' eligibility for welfare, and other irrelevant comments detract from the serious issue here. I am less concerned with the property crime than I am with the use of a gun. I have zero tolerance for the use of guns in crimes. If the saying "Don't draw your gun unless you are prepared to use it" goes, I can only infer that if you use a gun to commit your crime you are ready and willing to use it to deprive me of my property. If you would take my life to gain possession of my property you are in need of some significant alone time to adjust your moral compass. The disappointing thing is that by incarcerating these young men we will only achieve a fraction of our goal. Our goal should be to punish, rehabilitate, and eliminate recidivism. We will punish, but instead of rehabilitating and eliminating recidivism we will harden the boys into career criminals, and will will pay a significant financial cost to do so, both during the incarceration and after their release.
KAYLA October 12, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Ken Briggs October 12, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Kayla , if he was a goob little boy he would not be with the wrong bunch of other little boys . Oh I know it was his hair style , anyway he just looks like a bad boy , maybe a new hair style may help him out .
Andrew Kopp October 12, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Keyshia and Kayla, you can write in whatever style you want. However, if you don't write in a clear way (use language that is commonly used and understood), your message won't be understood or appreciated. Also, using profanity does not help your cause and make your argument more persuasive. As for the for young men who were arrested, we will find out if they were involved. Someone was involved - someone robbed folks at gunpoint. Those people are despicable. I've never done what those people did. Those people - the ones that committed those crimes - need to be punished. If your brother is one of those robbers, he needs to be punished.
Andrew Kopp October 12, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Ken - it's "themselves"
Ken Briggs October 12, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Andrew , I sure as hell would claim this bad boy as a brother , Is Keyshia and or Kayla bad girls also ? they just have not been picked up yet . so far they have not tell us why they are in jail if they are so good boys .
Ken Kellogg October 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that one of their "victims" was armed, pulled his weapon, shot and killed one of the four "good little boys" According to our legal principles, all three of these thugs would now be facing a murder charge...Will all 3 plead "Butt eye waz jus en da wong place @ da rong tyme"?
Andrew Kopp October 12, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Ken - there's no need or benefit to you mimicking the poor communication style. If your brother were charged with a crime, you'd be defensive. I think that's pretty natural and human. I've practiced law for 20 years, including more than a few doing criminal defense work. People are always defensive of their loved ones. Its called denial. And the fact that your sibling has committed a criminal act does not make you a criminal, nor does it warrant the reasonable suspicion of the community that you are a criminal. My father used to say "Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are." You pick your friends, not your siblings. The girls may not communicate well but their defense of their brothers is neither unexpected nor irrational. Finally, at this point, they were arrested based upon, presumably, probable cause to believe that they committed the alleged offenses. In my opinion and estimation evidence which amounts to probable cause is usually correct, but certainly not always correct. According to the Alameda County Sheriff's website the older boys have been arrested, but it does not appear that they have been formally charged by the DA yet. I expect they will be. If you want to know more you can go to court in Hayward on 10/17/2012 at 9 am in Department 502.
tina October 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Yes he was younger.but it's funny cause The boy mother tryed to move her son out of Calif but the daddy stop her now her baby sitting in jail
Tom Abate (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Restating Keyshia green: Can yall no wth yall talking about ppl always tryna putsome body else kids dwn but ant got (nuthin) to say about ur own kids an trust me everybody kids mama ant on welfair cuz mine show ant an my lil bro ant do (nuthin) so yall need to tslk wht yall no plz befor yall start talking
Tom Abate (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Restating tina's comment Everybody that saying . . . hope y'all right cause I know one of the boys he is a honor student with no trouble with the police first time in trouble so he just got caught up with this . . .
Tom Abate (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I have deleted and or restated a couple of comments and turned off further comments.


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