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* Oakland armed teenager arrested near the Amtrak station in Oakland’s Jack London Square

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A teenage male who was armed with an assault weapon was arrested on the roof of a six-story apartment complex near the Amtrak station in Oakland’s Jack London Square at about 4:15 p.m. today, according to police. Sgt. Serge Babka said the suspect was arrested at the Allegro at Jack London Square complex, which is bounded by Jackson, Madison, Second and Third streets, with the help of a police search dog.

No one was injured, he said. Just before he was arrested, the teenager dropped his assault weapon from the roof onto a common courtyard on the complex’s second floor, where police recovered it, Babka said. The suspect was able to hide from more than a dozen officers for more than three hours before he finally was arrested, according to Babka.

The suspect told police he is either 17 or 18 but authorities are still trying to verify his identity and age, Babka said. The incident began at 12:53 p.m. when a man called police to say that the suspect had threatened him with a gun near the train station, Babka said. An officer who immediately responded spotted the suspect at 12:56 p.m. but the suspect ran into the complex’s garage and hid from authorities, according to Babka.

Officers cordoned off the area and had residents shelter in place but didn’t order residents to evacuate, Babka said.The train station remained open, as did retail shops on the lower level of the apartment complex, he said.

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