Armed thieves are targeting bikers in the Oakland Hills

Oakland resident Louisa Spier was driving her mountain bike in the Oakland Hills when she was robbed at gunpoint final thirty day period. Spier claimed three thieves approached her on a trail that runs along Skyline Boulevard and demanded that she switch around her bike 1 of them pointed a gun in her confront.

“I felt super afraid … and super heartbroken,” Spier reported. “I love Oakland, I like residing in Oakland and I have lived in this article for above 30 many years. It designed me feel so unhappy.”

Spier said she was driving by yourself, which she does consistently, on a Tuesday afternoon, subsequent the median trail residence after a experience at Anthony Chabot Regional Park. The path is common with each pedestrians and cyclists, and Spier passed a father carrying an infant proper prior to she was approached by the 3 men and women. 

“I mentioned good morning, but in that second I could see that they have been fully protected, hats with brims, masks all the way up to their eyes. The one closest to me experienced an arm behind his back again,” she said.

The Oakland Law enforcement Section verified the theft occurred at noon March 29 on the 13100 block of Skyline Boulevard, and the incident is beneath investigation. The office reported it lately responded to two other armed robberies the place an individual’s mountain bike was stolen. The East Bay Regional Parks Law enforcement Section, which patrols the region’s 73 regional parks, has also responded to a robbery.

Homes are visible along the Oakland Hills near Chabot Regional Park in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 5, 2017.

Properties are obvious together the Oakland Hills around Chabot Regional Park in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 5, 2017.

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On March 31, just soon after 6 p.m., two riders were seated in a car parked near the Sequoia Bayview Path, which runs through Joaquin Miller Park, when two robbers taken off a mountain bike from the back of the car or truck, law enforcement explained. A single of the riders exited the vehicle and was achieved by a thief pointing a gun in his confront. 

In one more robbery April 6, a motor vehicle stopped along with two persons using their mountain bikes on Skyline Boulevard in close proximity to the Sequoia Bayview Trail. Two people today hopped out of the car or truck, brandishing firearms, and demanded the bikes, law enforcement claimed. The riders handed above their bikes and a cellphone. The robbers loaded the bikes into the automobile and took off, the police report said. 

That exact working day at 9 p.m., the East Bay Regional Parks Law enforcement Division said it responded to a robbery in just the Clyde Woolridge Staging Region at the corner of Skyline and Grass Valley Highway. “Based on the location, timing and the suspects’ descriptions and steps we believe our situation is related to the other Oakland Police Department instances,” parks law enforcement Lt. Terrence Cotcher said in an e-mail.  

Cotcher claimed the parks division is operating with Oakland police, and with each other they’ve amplified patrols in the Skyline Boulevard place. “Additionally, our officers are creating direct speak to with cyclists to relay info about these incidents,” he claimed. “We have also carried out direct enforcement functions in the space. We anticipate to proceed this stage of presence and enforcement for the foreseeable future.”

Oakland police also issued an alert to the group, contacting the robberies “an alarming development.”

“The office stays vigilant of the many incidents happening in Oakland and urges you to be aware of your environment at all times,” Oakland police explained. “Don’t be distracted by your digital gadgets. Do not resist. Property can be replaced.”

Spier claimed she has not been mountain biking given that the robbery. 

“Now that I listened to there are a lot more robberies, I will not ride till they halt,” she said.