An Oakland man was arrested after attacking someone with a knife at a Starbucks coffee shop in Hayward last week, a police sergeant said. Jason Whitten, 28, was arrested the morning of March 14 after he allegedly approached a male victim around 5:30 a.m. inside the Starbucks at 799 A St. and tried to rob him, Hayward police Sgt. Mark Ormsby said. Whitten allegedly cut the patron with a knife before fleeing on foot. The victim suffered only minor injuries, Ormsby said.
Police found Whitten nearby after he had also robbed someone at the Green Shutter Hotel at 22650 Main St., just a few blocks from the Starbucks. He had taken a wallet and gotten away with $2. He did not use his knife in that robbery, Ormsby said. Whitten was arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon as well as violation of parole.
He was booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin where he remains in custody on $500,000 bail, according to jail records. According to records, Whitten had a previous arrest in Oakland in April 2008, when he was charged with possession and sales of narcotics and marijuana. He is scheduled to appear in court at the Hayward Hall of Justice on Wednesday.
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