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James Crosby and Michael Meadows arrested in Oakland for brandishing a firearm and attempted to rob two victims

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Police arrested two men after reports that the suspects were driving recklessly, brandishing a firearm and attempted to rob two victims in Oakland Tuesday afternoon. James Crosby, 21, and Michael Meadows, 39, both of Oakland, were arrested in connection with attempted robbery and assault with a firearm, police said. At about 4 p.m., police received a 911 call from a driver who told a police dispatcher that the passenger in a vehicle alongside her vehicle, was pointing a firearm out the window toward her and her husband while they were driving in the area of High Street and Foothill Boulevard, police said.

The female victim told police she believed the suspects were targeting her vehicle because she and her husband used a phone to record on video the subjects driving recklessly and endangering those nearby, police said. Both victims described the suspects and vehicle to police. The victims then pulled over in the 4700 block of Foothill Boulevard and the suspects followed them, police said.

One of the suspects entered the vehicle and at gunpoint, demanded the victim’s cell phone. A struggle ensued and one of the victims pushed the suspect out of the vehicle. The suspect shot multiple rounds at the victims’ vehicle as the victims drove away. At least one bullet hit the vehicle, but police said that no one was injured in the shooting. Police viewed the victim’s cell phone video and identified both suspects.

When police attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, a pursuit ensued. Police terminated the pursuit due to public safety concerns. At about 6 p.m., police located the suspect vehicle in the 1200 block of Seminary Avenue and took the two suspects into custody without further incident, police said. Officers did not recover a weapon at the scene.

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