OAKLAND -- A 17-year-old boy is being prosecuted as an adult after being charged with two armed robberies that happened Sunday night near Lake Merritt, authorities said Wednesday.
Police said that during one of the robberies, the victim, who thought he was going to be shot, stabbed the suspect, Milton Mack, in the face with a pen. Mack, of Oakland, has admitted his involvement in the robberies, Officer Doug Keely said. Two other suspects are still being sought.
Police said one victim, a 36-year-old Oakland man, was confronted by the three suspects about 10:20 p.m. Sunday near 12th and Fallon streets. The suspects pulled the man's sweatshirt over his head and as one of them was going through his pockets another was heard to say "shoot him." Fearing for his life, the man grabbed a pen from his pocket and began swinging it, stabbing Mack in the face as it turned out, police said.
The man was able to run away but not before his iPad and wallet were taken, police said.
Ten minutes earlier the three robbed a 26-year-old Oakland man at Lakeside Drive and Madison Street. He was hit in the head with a gun and robbed of a cell phone, cash and other items before being thrown into the lake, police said.
Shortly after the second robbery, Officer Michael Troupe saw the three suspects walking in the 1500 block of Lakeside Drive and tried to stop them. They ran off and Mack was eventually arrested in the 1500 block of Madison Street. Keely said he took police to some bushes on Lakeside Drive where the gun was recovered. Some items taken from the two victims were also recovered in the area. Mack was treated for the wound to his face before being arrested.