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November 7, 2017 > Armed robbery suspects identified

Armed robbery suspects identified

Submitted By San Leandro PD

After a three-month investigation, San Leandro Police Detectives have identified two suspects in a pair of blatant armed robberies where two people were robbed of their Rolex watches at gunpoint.

In the first incident, which occurred on July 24 on Vistagrand Drive in the Bay-O-Vista area, the suspect shot at the victim. The second incident, on Sept. 12, occurred on Heather Glenn Drive in the southern part of San Leandro. Both cases were part of a summertime Bay Area trend of Rolex watch robberies that were occurring in several East Bay communities. Detectives from these agencies worked collectively to solve the crimes.

A break came in October when two suspects, identified by police as Larry Ward, 22, of Oakland, and Henry Johnson, 23, of Antioch were arrested in Oakland in connection with the robberies. San Leandro detectives linked both suspects to the San Leandro incidents.

"This is a case of exemplary police work by our detectives," said San Leandro Police Lieutenant Isaac Benabou. "These violent crimes committed in our community, in the presence of children, are unacceptable to our quality of life. Our investigative staff persistently worked on these cases until the suspects were identified and brought to justice."

On Oct. 31 the case was turned over to the Alameda County District AttorneyÕs Office for prosecution. The suspects were charged with multiple felony counts of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm and child endangerment crimes as children were present in both incidents.

Both Ward and Johnson remain in custody at Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail in Dublin awaiting their court proceedings.

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