OAKLAND -- A 19-year-old Oakland man has been arrested in connection with a robbery last week of a television cameraman, who was punched and robbed of his camera while filming in North Oakland.
The suspect, identified as Deliane Phillips, was arrested by Emeryville police on Nov. 8, the day after the attack, in a car that police had associated with the robbery. Inside the car, police recovered at least one gun and narcotics.
Oakland police arrested Phillips Nov. 9, when he appeared in court on the Emeryville case, and he was charged Tuesday with robbery in connection with the camera theft. The victim identified Phillips through a photo line up, police said.
The video camera, estimated to be worth $20,000, has not been recovered and several other suspects are still being sought, police said.
The attack happened shortly after noon Nov. 7, when a KPIX news cameraman had just finished a live shot with a reporter outside Oakland Technical High School on the 4300 block of Broadway, police said.
As the segment was ending, five young men rushed up and one of them punched the cameraman twice in the face before they drove off in a car with the camera, police said. The reporter was not seriously injured, police said.
Police said Phillips is also facing weapons charges in connection to the Nov. 8 traffic stop in Emeryville. During the stop, officers saw a gun in the car and discovered the car was associated with the Oakland
Emeryville police arrested Phillips on gun charges in connection to the traffic stop, but he posted $50,000 bail and was released before Oakland police could question him.
He was arrested in court on Nov. 9 in connection to the robbery, and was released from custody in that case after posting $100,000 bail.
He's due in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon on the robbery charge, police said.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $1,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the outstanding suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or a tip line at 510-773-2805.
The robbery was the eighth such incident involving a member of the media in Oakland since April. Guns were pulled on some of the victims.
Staff writer Natalie Neysa Alund contributed to this report.