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.