OAKLAND -- An armed robbery suspect whose selfie taken with the victim's stolen cellphone camera last August led to police identifying him has been formally charged after being arrested in Las Vegas, authorities said Tuesday.
Raymond A. Smith Jr., 18, is charged with one count of second-degree armed robbery, authorities said.
He awaits extradition from Las Vegas where he was being held on a probation violation since February after showing up at his probation agent's office under the influence of drugs, authorities said.
Police said Smith was one of two men who robbed a 42-year-old woman at gunpoint Aug. 19, taking her cellphone, a gold necklace and other items while she was walking her dog in the 2100 block of East 28th Street.
After the robbery police say Smith took a picture of himself on the cellphone. The woman saw it while looking at her computer iCloud account the next day and turned it over to police.
Robbery investigator Officer Omar Daza-Quiroz released the photo to the media on Dec. 27 to identify the suspect . Within days, several people called him, telling him the man pictured was Smith.
Daza-Quiroz later learned Smith had fled to Las Vegas after the robbery and he contacted authorities there.
It turned out Smith had been arrested and convicted in the desert city for a July 2013 attempted residential burglary and was on probation there. Even though he was arrested in February, Oakland police were not notified until last month. Daza-Quiroz and Sgt. Todd Mork went to Las Vegas to interview Smith but he refused to talk to them.
None of the woman's property has been recovered and the second suspect is still being sought.