An Oakland armed robbery at a gas station was captured on video
Alex Baker and Ella Sogomonyan
4 hours ago
(KRON) – A daylight armed robbery at a 76 gas station in Oakland was caught on surveillance video. In the video, a gray four-door sedan can be seen stopping at a pump across from a white SUV.
A hooded individual gets out of the sedan and turns on the SUV’s readout. Other individuals exit the vehicle and assist the first person in removing the victims’ belongings. Another masked person can be seen getting out of the car and pointing a firearm at the victims’ car.
A bystander in the background raises his hands toward the gun position.
The masked people then return to the gray car and quickly escape with the victims’ belongings.
(Watch the incident in the video player above)
According to the parents of one of the victims, one of the suspects smashed the rear window of the SUV and pistol-whipped one of the victims.
Maxie Shear, the boy’s mother, said: “He put him on my son’s chest and started hitting him on the chest and on his waist with a gun. My son was wearing watches and bracelets, and they started taking those things off him.” One of the victims. “They put their hands, I’m sorry, they put their hands in his pockets, and they start screaming and yelling at him. Another gunman goes to the passenger and does the same thing. They go to the window and get into his pants. They took everything these kids had. They took their luggage and they took my son’s cell phone “.
The Oakland Police Department said the robbery occurred on Jan. 29 shortly after 2:30 p.m. at Location 76 in the 400 block of Hegenberger Road. Officers arrived at the scene and learned that while several victims were sitting in a vehicle, a second vehicle pulled up next to them.
Police said several people got out of the second car and began robbing the victim’s car. One of the people in the second car brandished a firearm and demanded all of the victim’s belongings.
Police said the victims, who were visiting California from Texas, handed over their belongings out of fear. The suspects fled the scene with the victim’s belongings.
The response to the gas station robbery and law enforcement surprised the victims.
According to Shear, the gas station employee laughed when they called for help, told them this happened every day, and urged them to leave or the robbers might come back and shoot them.
The victims had taken a trip to wine country and were on their way to return their rental car when the accident occurred.
“I don’t think it should be normalized, I mean this was a serious crime,” said Victor Obivoine, the father of one of the victims. “This was a gun that was pulled on my son who was minding his business, trying to fill gas in his rental car and return it. It was a good experience and this all ruined it.”
Several businesses along Hegenberger Road have been affected by crime recently. Last month, Denny’s and burger spot In-N-Out announced they were closing due to crime.
The investigation into the incident at Station 76 is ongoing, according to the General Operations Department. Phone calls to Gas Station 76 were not answered.