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Dajon Laron Ford, Former McClymonds High School Football Star Charged as Adult in Alleged Casual Carpool Robberies

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A 22-year-old man and a teenager who was a former high school football star have been charged for allegedly robbing a line of casual carpool riders near the Rockridge BART station on Monday. Alameda County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Dajon Laron Ford, 17, as an adult in the case, along with 22-year-old Delante Marsean Johnson. Both have been charged with 12 counts of robbery and weapons enhancements, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said. Johnson faces two additional felony counts of carrying a loaded firearm and carrying a concealed firearm, she said.

Ford, who will turn 18 next month, played for several years on the football team for McClymonds High School in West Oakland, and was named to multiple all-star teams, according to online records. Police said Johnson and Ford robbed commuters at gunpoint around 9 a.m. Monday as the victims waited near the intersection of Hudson Street and Claremont Avenue in the casual carpool pickup line for rides to San Francisco.

The pair made off with victims’ bags and electronics, according to police. Witness accounts led investigators to Johnson, Ford and a third suspect, who was later released. Officers seized three guns during searches of the suspects’ homes, according to police. Johnson is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, and Ford is in custody at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro. Both are being held on $1.7 million bail, according to jail records. The suspects were scheduled to appear in court in Oakland for plea hearings this morning.

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