Four Oakland Teens Arrested For San Leandro Robberies

San Leandro police think they've busted four teens responsible for a Tuesday crime spree on the north end of town.


San Leandro police have arrested four Oakland teens on suspicion that they pulled off a string of armed robberies Tuesday night including one in which they forced a woman out of her car at gunpoint and then drove away.

According to police, about 9:35 pm Tuesday a gang of armed robbers targeted three separate victims in the area of Pershing Avenue and Suffolk Drive, not far from San Leandro Police Department headquarters.

Police say the victims were randomly selected, and hit within a few blocks of one another. The robbers demanded money and other valuables. During one robbery the perpetrators forced a woman out of her car at gunpoint, then got into the vehicle and drove off.

Luckily, police said, none of the victims were hurt. 

Police say detectives made the case a priority and identified 4 suspects within 24 hours of the incidents. The stolen vehicle was recovered, intact, in Oakland. 

Thursday morning police announced that they had arrested two 15-year-old boys from Oakland and two 18-year-old men, also from Oakland: Stephen Peterson and Dereak Brown.

Based on the violence associated with each case, police said San Leandro's SWAT team made the arrests in two operations. 

“This was a total team effort," said San Leandro police Lt. Randall Brandt. "Our citizens were good witnesses and they provided detailed information to our officers. The patrol officers investigating the incidents advised the detectives of the situation. The detectives developed leads which ultimately identified the suspects.” 

Police say this is an ongoing investigation and asked witnesses to contact the San Leandro Police Department’s Investigations Division at (510) 577-3233. Information can also be texted anonymously to 847411. 

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Andrew Kopp October 12, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Ken - there's no need or benefit to you mimicking the poor communication style. If your brother were charged with a crime, you'd be defensive. I think that's pretty natural and human. I've practiced law for 20 years, including more than a few doing criminal defense work. People are always defensive of their loved ones. Its called denial. And the fact that your sibling has committed a criminal act does not make you a criminal, nor does it warrant the reasonable suspicion of the community that you are a criminal. My father used to say "Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are." You pick your friends, not your siblings. The girls may not communicate well but their defense of their brothers is neither unexpected nor irrational. Finally, at this point, they were arrested based upon, presumably, probable cause to believe that they committed the alleged offenses. In my opinion and estimation evidence which amounts to probable cause is usually correct, but certainly not always correct. According to the Alameda County Sheriff's website the older boys have been arrested, but it does not appear that they have been formally charged by the DA yet. I expect they will be. If you want to know more you can go to court in Hayward on 10/17/2012 at 9 am in Department 502.
tina October 13, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Yes he was younger.but it's funny cause The boy mother tryed to move her son out of Calif but the daddy stop her now her baby sitting in jail
Tom Abate October 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Restating Keyshia green: Can yall no wth yall talking about ppl always tryna putsome body else kids dwn but ant got (nuthin) to say about ur own kids an trust me everybody kids mama ant on welfair cuz mine show ant an my lil bro ant do (nuthin) so yall need to tslk wht yall no plz befor yall start talking
Tom Abate October 13, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Restating tina's comment Everybody that saying . . . hope y'all right cause I know one of the boys he is a honor student with no trouble with the police first time in trouble so he just got caught up with this . . .
Tom Abate October 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I have deleted and or restated a couple of comments and turned off further comments.


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