Oakland police were investigating an apparent homicide Thursday after the body of an elderly man was found at his home on the 2300 block of Thackeray Drive in the Oakland hills.
Police were not releasing much information, but authorities blocked off the narrow street off with yellow crime-scene tape.
KTVU has learned that a 78-year-old Joseph Robertson was found dead Thursday morning when a friend came to the victim’s home for a visit at 7 a.m. The friend saw the body inside the home and immediately called police.
At around 10:30 a.m., police were seen questioning a man at the scene prior to putting him in a patrol car and driving away. Police would not say whether the man was being detained in connection with the case.
Police have released few details and haven't said how Robertson died or why they are treating it as a homicide.
A nephew of Robertson's said the elderly man never bothered anyone.
Harry Rovertson, a former San Jose police officer, told KTVU Robertson used to work as a graphic artist for the Montclarion newspaper and lived a very quiet life.
“My uncle was the kindest, gentlest, most soft-spoken the most truly innocent person I have ever known,” Robertson said.
Robertson's nephew said his uncle lived alone and didn't keep many valuables in the house.
Neighbors said they were concerned for their safety.
“We have seen an awful lot of home break-ins in the past year,” said Ron English, a neighbor. “Don't know about homicides. There was one in Berkeley the other day. It's quite scary.”
Harry Robertson said that if his uncle was murdered, he didn't have it coming. “I can't think why anyone would want to hurt a gentle soul like that,” he said.
Police are asking anyone who may know something about what happened to call them.
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