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.