OAKLAND -- Blocking a driveway with a Mercedes has led to the arrest and charging of two men in a series of home invasion robberies and a carjacking, authorities said Monday.
The suspects, Brandon Bell, 19, and Jesse Zeigler, 18, both of Oakland, were arrested June 23 in the 2100 block of East 25th Street after someone complained that Bell's blue 2000 Mercedes was blocking a driveway, police said.
The car matched one used in the robberies, and inside police found guns, items stolen from some of the victims and plastic masks worn by the suspects, investigators said. Bell was arrested inside the car and Zeigler outside, along with two 17-year-old boys. The boys have not been charged with any robberies yet but are being prosecuted on gun charges, police said.
Both Bell and Zeigler have admitted their involvement in the robberies, saying they needed money, Officer Steve Bang said. Police are trying to tie them to other, similar robberies.
Bell and Zeigler are each charged with 11 counts of home invasion robbery, carjacking and first-degree burglary. Some of the counts include enhancement clauses that the victims were older than 65 or younger than 14. Bell is also charged with one count of carrying a loaded firearm in public. Both are being held in lieu of $1.1 million bail.
Cases the men are charged in include:
Bang said that after the men were arrested, they told police the Mercedes stolen in the June 21 robbery was parked in the 1900 block of Sixth Avenue. It was recovered and returned to the owners.