Occupy Oakland Protesters Charged with Hate Crimes and Robbery

Police said protesters shouted sexual epithets at a woman before taking her wallet.

By Mike Anderson
|  Friday, Mar 2, 2012  |  Updated 10:32 PM PDT
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One suspect was arrested at the scene of the alleged incident, while two others were arrested at an Occupy Oakland protest two weeks later.

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Three Occupy Oakland protesters were charged with felony counts of hate crimes and robbery Friday after a woman was battered and robbed for asking them not to riot in her neighborhood, according to the Oakland Police Department.

The suspects are 32-year-old Michael Davis, 23-year-old Nneka Crawford and 24-year-old Randolph Wilkins.

On Feb. 22, the Oakland Police Department responded to a report of a robbery on the 4000 block of Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.

The female victim who called the police said she was walking across the street from a Wells Fargo bank when she noticed a group of Occupy Oakland protesters calling for a riot, police said.

The woman told the protesters not to riot in her neighborhood, then she was allegedly surrounded by them. She told police that three protesters battered her and yelled epithets about what they believed was her sexual orientation. Police also said the protesters stole the woman's wallet.

The woman eventually got away from the protesters and called the police. One suspect was arrested near the scene and two other suspects were arrested on Feb. 29 during an Occupy protest.

Anyone with information about this ongoing investigation is asked to contact the Major Crimes Section at (510) 238-3326.

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