OAKLAND (KPIX) – For the second day in a row, KPIX has secured new video of a robbery targeting older victims in the same block of Oakland Chinatown.
KPIX 5 reporter Da Lin actually went to the scene of Friday’s incident as the thieves walked away from their victims of the attack.
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Both heists took place in broad daylight at the same location and were both filmed from the same surveillance camera. People who live, work and shop in Chinatown tell KPIX that they are fed up and scared.
Journalist Lin arrived at Harrison and 9th Streets to cover Thursday’s robbery, only to witness the immediate consequences of another flight on Friday just before noon.
The victims, two Chinese women, appeared in shock. One had a bloody hand, while the other woman was sitting on the floor with wounds to her knees.
The victim with cuts in her hand said in Mandarin that three people stole her and her mother.
Surveillance video provided by the Chinese Independent Baptist Church showed a four-door Lexus sedan pulling up on 9th Street. Three people jumped up and attacked the two women.
Victim Aiwon Woo said in Cantonese that the thieves hit them on the head. She said they hit her daughter several times until she fell to the ground. Once the two women were on the ground, the thieves took their handbags.
Victims and witnesses said the Lexus did not have a license plate. Investigators told KPIX 5 that the three thieves and the fleeing driver matched descriptions of a crew involved in other thefts in North Oakland and Emeryville on Friday.
Police do not know if these thieves were linked to Thursday’s robbery in the same street. This happened a short distance away in the same block at 3:15 pm The same surveillance camera from the Chinese Independent Baptist Church also captured this theft.
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It showed a car stopping in front of two men – one armed with a gun – as they attack and rob a disabled man who is walking with a cane. Police said the victim was in his 50s.
Surveillance footage showed a cyclist trying to stop the theft. A thief pointed a gun with an extended pliers at the Good Samaritan and warned him to back off before he whipped the cyclist.
The two thieves took items from the victim and left.
“I think I might move out. It’s too much. The police are too busy, ”said neighbor Chao Li, who witnessed Friday’s robbery.
Police said the two then got into a waiting vehicle and headed east on 9th Street. Victims described the two suspects as black men in their twenties.
Police say the first suspect is around 5’10-6’0 tall and weighs between 180 and 200 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie, a red shirt, black pants and black shoes. He was armed with a black handgun with an extended magazine.
The second suspect is also around 5’10-6’0 tall and weighs between 160 and 180 pounds. He was wearing a white hoodie, white pants and black shoes.
Police said they were stretched to the limit in terms of resources.
“We have about a 53% increase in thefts citywide. And we also have a 91% increase in carjackings. So a lot of our resources go to whatever we can, ”Chinatown Liaison Police Officer Mae Phu said.
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Investigations into both incidents are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact investigators at (510) 238-3326.