San Leandro police are forming a task force with other East Bay
law enforcement agencies to address recent robberies in the city involving
unruly crowds of juveniles and young adults.
San Leandro police have reported three incidents of "wilding,"
unruly criminal behavior committed by large groups of people, since Saturday.
Several of the incidents involved juveniles targeting other
juveniles in robberies and assaults, but in one incident that occurred Monday
on East 14th Street, a group of juveniles surrounded a car occupied by two
adults and a 2-year-old child, stole items from it and then attempted to
drive away it while the child remained inside.
Two of the teenagers involved in that incident were arrested on
suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking, kidnapping and child
endangerment, according to police.
Police have said there is no evidence the incidents reported this
week are connected or involve the same suspects.
Law enforcement representatives will meet Friday to discuss the
issue and form a task force.