Guns were pointed at their heads but a couple refused to hand over the cell phone that captured "video" of the violent threat as it happened in Oakland Monday afternoon.
Oakland police say the men on the video were facing charges of attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon after they shot at the car being driven by the couple doing the filming.
Police say it was around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon the couple was driving near the intersection of Foothill Blvd and High St when they came upon the suspects driving erratically and started recording them.
“The vehicle that they were recording was watching them,” said Officer Johnna Watson of the Oakland Police Department. “And shortly after pulled alongside of them, pointed a firearm towards them and demanded the phone with the video.”
Police say that's when the wife called 911 and gave officers a description of the two men and then the couple and took off.
The victims ended up at 4700 block off Foothill Blvd according to police, but what they didn't know was that the gunmen had followed them. Then one of the gunmen got into the victim's car and demanded the cellphone that took the video at gunpoint.
“The husband and the suspect got into a struggle. The husband was able to push him out of the car, and told his wife to hit the gas,” said Watson.
That's when the suspects started shooting at the couple's car, striking it but not injuring anyone.
Police say the victim's intentions were good, but also dangerous.
Officer Johnna Watson / Oakland Police
“Anytime someone wants a piece of property from you – its’ not worth your life or getting injured or getting killed over it,” said Watson. “Property can be replaced but you cannot.”
Two hours after the ordeal began it was over, with both men being taken into custody
Oakland police told KTVU they blurred the faces of the men in the video because the incident was still under investigation, as officers say they're still unsure which one of the suspects shot at the car.
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