Man charged in robberies at Asian restaurants

Oakland police said Friday that a suspect has been charged with 57 felonies in connection with a string of robberies at Asian restaurants in Oakland and other nearby cities.

Police identified the suspect as Lance Lindquest and said he was arrested Sunday.

Police said they will announce the identity of another suspect and release additional details at a news conference at 3 p.m. Friday.

On Dec. 21, Oakland police said a $25,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two or three suspects they believe were responsible for a series of armed robberies at Asian restaurants in Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro.

Oakland police Sgt. Rebecca Campbell described the incidents as takeover robberies in which the suspects robbed the cash registers at the restaurants as well as restaurant customers.

No one was injured in any of the incidents and no shots were fired, but the suspects carried silver and black handguns as well as a long gun or “Tommy Gun,” Campbell said.

Oakland police spokesman Roland Holmgren said the suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous.

There also have been recent armed robberies at Asian restaurants in Albany and El Cerrito, but Campbell said she doesn’t think the same suspects were involved in those incidents.

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