Police arrest suspects in takeover robberies

Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said Wednesday that police have arrested three suspects in a series of takeover robberies in the city in recent weeks.

“By no means is our investigation over, but we are confident we have the key players in custody for the robberies that occurred in the last six weeks,” Thomason said.

Police arrested the three suspects at the end of a brief chase following a takeover robbery at the K&T nail salon at 10814 Bancroft Ave. shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thomason said.

He said that when police searched the suspects' vehicle they found three ski masks, a loaded firearm and cash that had been taken from the nail salon. 

Thomason said police believe the suspects were involved in at least four takeover robberies and are linked to two other suspects who were arrested on Aug. 13 for two other recent robberies. 

Mayor Ron Dellums joined police at the news conference, saying, “We will continue our significant efforts to address these issues until we've brought all the culprits to justice.”

Thomason identified the three men arrested Tuesday night as Leon Luster, 29, Rachaan Lamonthe, 30, and Shante Bostic, 20. All three are Oakland residents. 

They are thought to also be responsible for robberies at the Full Moon Seafood House at 2042 Macarthur Blvd. on Aug. 24; the Nomad Cafe at 6500 Shattuck Ave. in Oakland on Aug. 22; and the Kerry House at 4092 Piedmont
Ave. on Aug. 4.

The two men arrested in August are David Rodriguez, 19, and Dujuan Daniels, 19.

Police believe Rodriguez is behind a robbery at the L'Amyx Tea Bar at 3437 Lakeshore Ave. on July 16.

Both Rodriguez and Daniels are thought to have been involved in a robbery at El Torero taqueria at 5801 International Blvd. on July 18.

arrestsBay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsRobbery

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

After the pandemic hit, Twin Peaks Boulevard was closed to vehicle traffic, a situation lauded by open space advocates. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
New proposal to partially reopen Twin Peaks to vehicles pleases no one

Neighbors say closure brought crime into residential streets, while advocates seek more open space

Protesters rally at the site of a proposed affordable housing project at 2550 Irving St. in the Sunset District on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)
Sunset District affordable housing discussion flooded with ‘scare tactics and hysteria’

Project would provide 100 units, some of which would be designated for formerly homeless families

Members of the Sheriff’s Department command staff wore masks at a swearing-in ceremony for Assistant Sheriff Tanzanika Carter. One attendee later tested positive. 
Courtesy SFSD
Sheriff sees increase in COVID-19 cases as 3 captains test positive

Command staff among 10 infected members in past week

Rainy weather is expected in the coming week. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Rainstorms, potential atmospheric river expected to drench Bay Area in coming week

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation Multiple rainstorms, cold temperatures some… Continue reading

U.S. Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s powerful reading was among the highlights of Inauguration Day. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Inauguration shines light in this never-ending shade

Here’s to renewal and resolve in 2021 and beyond

Most Read