Casual Carpoolers Robbed at Gunpoint in Oakland

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    NBC Bay Area
    Investigators say commuters were waiting for rides on Hudson Street near College Avenue in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood when they were robbed at gunpoint, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.

    Three men were being questioned Monday after a half-dozen commuters were robbed at gunpoint. Police say they were standing in a casual carpool line.

    Investigators say the commuters were waiting for rides on Hudson Street near College Avenue in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood.

    Witnesses tell police that at about 9 a.m. thieves armed with guns walked up and demanded purses, wallets, smart-phones and backpacks.

    Some people managed to run off, but they were all badly shaken.

    Local business owners are dismayed.

    "Of course, it's scary,” Nick Kazimi said. “As a person, I worry about my business. I hope nothing happens to me… this is a good neighborhood…(but there have) been robberies all the time, lately."

    Witnesses tell police the men drove off in a silver Honda Civic.