General Crime

* Steven Buggs Arrested for Alleged Murder of Lester Young in Oakland

Oakland Police Press Release 10/30/12

On October 4, 2012, during a press conference, Oakland Police Chief Jordan along with City Officials and leaders of the community discussed the recent increase in homicides. Chief Jordan stated “the level of violence in the city cannot and will not be tolerated.” Chief Jordan vowed he would continue to strengthen key areas by providing city-wide crime reduction and crime response strategies.

The Chief stated his strategies would focus on prevention, outreach, and education for crime prevention. Chief Jordan said, “when prevention is ineffective, and crime occurs, we must have investigations and partnerships with local, state, and federal partners to bring offenders to justice and trial and to prevent and react to crime as it occurs.”

This is one example of Chief Jordan’s strategy that led to the successful arrest of a wanted homicide suspect, Steven Buggs. This arrest was made possible by the Departments Investigators who worked with the community along with the Department’s Gangs Guns Intelligence Task Force (GGITF), Problem Solving Officers (PSO’s), partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Steven Buggs was arrested on October 3, 2012. Today the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Steven Buggs in connection with the September 21, 2012 homicide of Lester Young. Buggs was charged with several additional enhancements which includes a gun clause.

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