Suspect arrested in robbery of news crews broadcasting live
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of three suspects in the robbery of news crews broadcasting live from San Francisco’s picturesque waterfront has been arrested, police said.
San Francisco Police arrested Michael Jones, who appeared in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery and assault.
Jones, 23, is one of three men who allegedly stole two television cameras and two tripods while news crews reported on a murder from a popular pedestrian pier, police said. One cameraman was pistol-whipped, but he didn’t need medical attention during the July 2 accident.
Police said Jones, who is from Fremont, allegedly belongs to a gang that has been involved in robberies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
San Francisco investigators with the help of Oakland and Fremont police arrested Jones on July 27 after identifying a black BMW that served as the getaway car and is registered to his name, police said.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said Jones was on probation on a prior firearms arrest
Police are still searching for the two other suspects. The stolen equipment has not been recovered.
At least a dozen news crews have been robbed over the last four years in the San Francisco Bay Area.