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A no-bail arrest warrant has been issued for a man who failed to appear in court on charges alleging that he robbed a television news cameraman in Oakland last week. Delaine Phillips, 19, of Oakland, was scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court on Tuesday in connection with the strong-arm robbery of KPIX cameraman Gregg Welk in front of Oakland Technical High School in the 4300 block of Broadway shortly after noon on Nov. 7, but he didn’t show up.
Phillips is charged with second-degree robbery in connection with that incident as well as three gun charges stemming from his arrest in Emeryville the following day, Nov. 8. Those charges are carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in a city and carrying a firearm with an altered serial number. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said four other suspects in the attack and robbery of the cameraman are still at large and there’s a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to arrests in the case.
The robbery of the cameraman last week was the most recent in a series of robberies of members of the news media in Oakland in recent months and has prompted union officials who represent Bay Area television and radio stations to ask management to provide security for crews that work in Oakland. Karen Lipney, associate executive and communications director for SAG-AFTRA for Northern California, said, “We’re working with station managements on this issue to keep our members safe.” Lipney said, “No one wants to give up on Oakland but we want to keep reporting the news and we want to keep the people who report the news safe.”
At least one television station is now using security guards in Oakland. A security guard accompanied a reporter and videographer for KPIX at the Oakland Police Department’s substation at the Eastmont Mall on Tuesday when they covered a news conference at which three police officers were reunited with the parents of a baby they delivered under emergency conditions at a gas station last Friday night.
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