OAKLAND -- A man and his girlfriend were arrested Tuesday night shortly after police said they robbed a pizza deliveryman in East Oakland, the fourth such holdup they are suspected of in the same area.

Sgt. Todd Mork said Wednesday the 25-year-old man told investigators the pair committed the robberies of food deliverymen because they were experiencing hard times and needed money.

Police did not release their names because the investigation is ongoing. They were going to be booked on multiple counts of robbery, police said.

Tuesday's robbery happened about 11:08 p.m. in the 2300 block of Inyo Avenue.

Mork said the pair phoned in a pizza delivery and when the deliveryman arrived he was met on the street by the 22-year-old girlfriend. The man then appeared, claimed he had a gun and robbed the deliveryman of cash, Mork said.

The suspects fled on foot without the pizza.

The victim waved down a police officer driving by in a patrol car and the officer broadcast over the police radio a description of the suspects.

They were arrested by other officers not far away a short time later. They had the cash taken in the robbery but no gun was found, police said.

Mork said the two are suspected of at least three other similar robberies in same area, including one Monday night where a man delivering Chinese food was robbed.



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