A robbery suspect was arrested Wednesday morning after assaulting an elderly man in front of his Oakland rental property and then leading police on a short chase, according to the victim and police.
Steven Yu said he was in front of his rental property in the 7200 block of Hamilton when he was approached by the suspect, who asked if he anything for rent.
“I told him no and asked him to leave,” Yu told KTVU. “He hit me very hard on the left side.”
The suspect then took Yu’s money and cell phone and fled on foot. Yu followed him for several blocks until the suspect jumped into a car.
“I wrote down his license plate,” he told KTVU and then gave it to police.
A short time later, the car was spotted by an Oakland police officer and a slow-speed pursuit ensued. It ended a few blocks later when the car was halted by an Oakland school patrol officer’s car, according to Oakland Police Lt. Johnny Davis .
The suspect was taken into custody. Davis said the attack appeared to be purely random.
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