OAKLAND -- A man and his nephew already charged with two armed robberies are suspected in other holdups because of the distinctive gun they used, police said Friday.
The semi-automatic pistol used in the robberies is noticeable because it has a unique laser site attached, police said.
Oakland residents DeSean Bohanon, 22, and his nephew, Laquane Spikes, 17, who is being prosecuted as an adult, have been charged with robbing two people at gunpoint about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 3900 block of International Boulevard, police said. Bohanon is on probation for gun and drug convictions, authorities said.
Police said the first victim Wednesday morning, who has not been located, was a young male, possibly a student at a nearby school. That robbery was witnessed by a man sitting in a car, who was also robbed by the pair of personal items, police said.
The man was able to get the license plate of the GEO Prism the suspects fled in, Officers Doug Keely and Jennifer Farrell said.
The car was spotted parked and unoccupied more than two hours later near 8th and Campbell streets in West Oakland.
Police said Spikes soon got into the vehicle, which is registered to Bohanon, drove off and was pursued by officers before crashing into a parked SUV at 9th and Wood streets.
Spikes was arrested at the scene. Bohanon was arrested a few blocks away driving another car. Inside that car, police said they found the gun used in the earlier
Keely said both Bohanon and Spikes admitted their roles in the two earlier robberies, even though the first victim had not been located.
Keely said police believe the two are responsible for other street robberies using the same gun. Any possible victims can call police at 510-238-3326.