Berkeley TV camera robbery suspect charged

BERKELEY — A 22-year-old man was in county jail after the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged him in connection with last month’s armed robbery of a local television station cameraperson, authorities said Wednesday.

Just after 5 p.m. August 10, the cameraperson was loading equipment into a van outside Congregation Netivot Shalon, 1316 University Avenue, when a male approached and robbed him at gunpoint of a $25,000 video camera, police said.

In video footage released Wednesday by police, the suspect is visible approaching the rear of the open van before pulling out a handgun. After the cameraman follows the suspect’s waved direction to lay the camera down on the ground in front of him, the suspect picks it up before running away.

Investigators’ review of surveillance footage helped them name a suspect, identified Wednesday as Hayward resident Jimmy Ray. Officers who searched his home Sept. 10 recovered the camera and nearly an ounce of sale-packaged methamphetamine, police said.

The next day, the district attorney’s office charged Ray with armed robbery and possession of sale of controlled substances, along with other criminal enhancements.

Ray was in Santa Rita Jail Wednesday afternoon on $270,000 bail and faces a Sept. 25 plea hearing at Dublin’s East County Hall of Justice, accoriding to a county records check.

Anyone with information should call Berkeley police at 510-981-5900 and reference case Nos. 2020-00037293.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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