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Michael Meadows, 39, of Oakland (Courtesy Oakland Police Department)

OAKLAND -- Two men were arrested Monday evening after police said they were captured on a cellphone video brandishing a gun from a car at a couple in another vehicle.

The men tried to get the video back moments later, and when they were unsuccessful, one of them fired several shots at the victims' vehicle, hitting it once but not injuring anyone.

The suspects were identified as James Crosby, 21, and Michael Meadows, 39, both of Oakland.

The pair, who police say are brothers-in-law, have been charged with assault with a firearm, attempted armed robbery and shooting into an occupied vehicle.

The case of the candid camera turned violent about 4 p.m. Monday when a man and his wife were driving south on High Street and saw a Nissan Altima driving erratically in front of them, including going south in the northbound lanes, police said.

The husband, who was the passenger, began filming the Nissan with his cellphone camera, apparently to make a report later to police. The vehicles stopped alongside each other at the intersection of High and Foothill Boulevard, with the Nissan in the northbound lane, Officer Hector Jimenez said.

The two men inside the Nissan realized they were being filmed, and the passenger, later identified as Crosby, pointed a pistol several times at the man, who kept filming, and his wife, who used her phone to call police, Jimenez said. At one point, Meadows pointed a gun at them too, police said.


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The man and woman drove off but were followed by the suspects to the 4700 block of Foothill.

There, Crosby, armed with a gun, got into their vehicle and tried to take the cellphone away from the husband. He resisted and was able to punch and push Crosby from the car, Jimenez said.

As the couple drove off, Crosby fired several shots at them, hitting the vehicle once, police said.

Officers saw the Nissan a short time later at 73rd Avenue and International Boulevard, recognized Crosby and Meadows from the video, and began chasing the car. But the pursuit was called off because the conditions became too dangerous, police said.

But about 6 p.m., the Nissan, with Meadows and Crosby inside, was spotted by police in the 1200 block of Seminary Avenue, and they were arrested without incident. No gun was recovered.

Both men made admissions about their involvement, police said.