An Alameda County judge has issued a no-bail arrest warrant for a 19-year-old Oakland man after authorities say he failed to show up for his court appearance to face charges of attacking a television news crew and stealing their TV news camera.
Deliane Phillips failed to appear for his arraignment on Tuesday for the robbery charge and three separate gun charges stemming from an arrest in Emeryville the day after the Nov. 7 camera theft in Oakland.
Oakland police arrested Phillips on suspicion of robbery for the camera theft after he had appeared in court Nov. 9 on the gun charges.
The attack on the news crew took place after a KPIX-TV cameraman and a reporter finished an election story outside Oakland Technical High School when group of young men punched the cameraman, stole his camera and sped away.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.