An Oakland woman was charged with robbery and murder today for her role in the downtown Oakland shooting death last week of a Virginia man who was visiting the Bay Area for a job interview. Althea Housley, 33, was scheduled to be arraigned today at the
Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland, Alameda County Chief Deputy District Attorney Tom Rogers said. Rogers said he would on Wednesday file charges against George Huggins, a 24-year-old Oakland man who is suspected of firing the shot that killed 45-year-old Jinghong Kang. Huggins is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon. Kang was shot during an apparent robbery in the 1900 block of Webster Street at about 11:30 p.m. on July 18 as he walked to his car with a female friend. He had driven to downtown Oakland to have his teeth cleaned by the friend, who is a dental hygienist, in preparation for an interview at Google the next day.
The two were heading to Kang’s rental car from the dental office when two suspects approached them and demanded money, police said. Both Kang and the woman were pushed to the ground, and the woman heard gunshots. Homicide investigator Sgt. Mike Gantt said the woman heard Kang tell the suspects before he was shot that he only had $17. Housley was arrested at 2120 Curtis St. in Oakland at 11:50 a.m. Saturday. Huggins was arrested at the same location at 2:35 p.m. Monday. Rogers said that in addition to charging Housley with murder, he charged her with robbery for allegedly helping take money from the dental hygienist. He said he also charged Housley with another two counts of robbery for her role in a similar robbery and shooting that occurred in the 1700
block of Telegraph Avenue on June 21. A man and a woman, both 26, were sitting in a parked car early that morning when the man was robbed of his car keys and shot, police said. Rogers said Housley admitted to being involved in both robberies but said she didn’t have a gun in either incident and claimed that she didn’t know that anyone would be shot. Even if she didn’t fire the shot that killed Kang, Housley can be charged with his murder for allegedly participating in the crime that led to the killing, according to California’s felony murder rule.
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