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A 14-year-old Oakland boy who is suspected of robbing and sexually assaulting two women turned himself in at the Alameda County Juvenile Hall in San Leandro today, police said. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the teen surrendered at about 9:45 a.m. “This is very good news for our community,” Watson said. She said she thinks “a lot of pressure from the community” after police publicized the crimes over the weekend led him to surrender.
In the first attack on Jan. 6, a 28-year-old woman was walking in the 1200 block of Market Street around 10 p.m. when a male who appeared to be armed with a gun approached her and demanded her wallet, police said. The robber then forced the woman to an isolated area, where he sexually assaulted her, police said.The second attack occurred around 9:15 p.m. on Jan. 12 in the 600 block of 11th Street.
In that case, another 28-year-old woman was approached by a stranger on a bicycle who simulated a handgun and demanded her purse, police said. As in the first attack, the woman was taken to an isolated area where she was sexually assaulted. Watson said it appears the attacker simulated a handgun in both incidents. She said the case is “unusual” because of the suspect’s young age.
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