OAKLAND -- When David "Spider" Anderson was arrested Nov. 14, it was on suspicion of shooting a woman in the finger outside an East Oakland birthday party, police said.

But because of his nickname, Anderson, who wounded himself in the leg shoving the gun in his waistband after the shooting, has been linked to and charged with a violent street robbery, police said Tuesday.

The robbery happened at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 9 in the 1800 block of East 20th Street. A 17-year-old girl's cellphone was stolen after she was punched in the face and her head was slammed against a wall, Officer Omar Daza-Quiroz said. The girl suffered a torn ligament in her hand trying to defend herself against her attacker, police said.

Police said the girl's 14-year-old cousin was kicked in the head when she tried to help her during the robbery.

Anderson has denied involvement in the incidents, police said.

The shooting happened about 5:41 p.m. Nov. 14 outside a children's birthday party in the 10700 block of Pearmain Avenue. Police said Anderson's girlfriend got into an argument with a 30-year-old woman who was shot in the finger by Anderson. He then wounded himself in the inner left thigh while jamming the gun into his waistband.

Anderson was arrested when he showed up later at a hospital for treatment, and police determined his nickname was Spider.


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The nickname caught the attention of Daza-Quiroz who was investigating the robbery and beating of the two girls who knew Anderson by his nickname. Both girls identified him from a photo lineup, police said.

Anderson, 43, of Oakland, is charged with assault with a firearm for the shooting, one count of robbery in connection with the 17-year-old girl and one count of assault with a deadly weapon for kicking the younger girl. If convicted of all counts, he could face up to 28 years in prison. He is being held at Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $410,000 bail.