2 arrests made in Montclair laptop theft ‘homicide’

Two arrests have been made in connection with a homicide that occurred when a man tried to stop a suspect from taking his laptop at an Oakland coffee shop the morning of New Year’s Eve, police said Wednesday.

Joanna Watson, an Oakland Police Department spokeswoman, said via email that two arrests have been made “so far” in what she described as a homicide occurring around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 2000 block of Mountain Boulevard in Oakland’s Montclair district. Watson said the investigation is continuing. She did not have any additional details.

The case began when a suspect approached the victim inside the Starbucks on Mountain Boulevard and took the victim’s laptop, according to police. The victim followed the suspect in an attempt to recover the laptop, but was critically injured as the suspect’s vehicle fled in the 6100 block of Antioch Street, police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital but succumbed to his injury, according to police.


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