Oakland Robbery Suspect Arrested With Arsenal Of Military Weapons

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda County sheriff’s deputies took custody of four military-style weapons on Tuesday and arrested a man who allegedly robbed an AC Transit bus, authorities spokesman said.

The transit crimes unit of the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant at a home on 20th Street in Oakland, where they arrested 18-year-old Tyheir Bolden.

Inside Bolden’s home, deputies found an M16-A1 fully automatic rifle, an AR-10 .308-caliber semi-automatic rifle, a stolen Sig Sauer P226R 9mm pistol and a stolen Smith & Wesson .22LR semi-automatic pistol. The AR-10 had no markings or serial numbers.

“It’s a big deal to get these things off the street,” Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said. “This guy had an insane amount of firepower.”

Bolden also had a bulletproof vest, a 90-round magazine and multiple high capacity magazines for the AR-10.

Bolden was arrested on 11 weapons-related felony offenses and taken to the county jail. An investigation into a robbery of a rider on an AC Transit bus two weeks ago prompted deputies to seek the search warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

Kelly said deputies are responding more and more often to shootings where several dozen rounds are fired.

He said the weapons Bolden and others get possession of are the reason law enforcement officials have been seeking what some say are military-style weapons and equipment, including bulletproof vehicles and rifles.

Some of the bullets Bolden possessed could go through multiple people, concrete or any cover deputies would take, Kelly said.

Law enforcement officials earlier this month held their annual Urban Shield first responder training exercise event in Pleasanton, where hundreds of people protested the use of military-style weapons and equipment by law enforcement.

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One Comment

  1. admin says:

    Arsenal of military weapons, I think not. Different firearms serve different purposes. Of the four firearms shown, one, the M16A1, is considered a military weapon. The Modern Sporting Rifle chambered in .308 is not an assault weapon, think of it as a hunting rifle. The two handguns are just that, semi automatic handguns. The Sig p226 is similar to what many Police departments use and the 22LR is perfect for training a new shooter or saving on range ammo costs.
    None of these weapons constitute an “…insane amount of firepower” as Sgt. Ray Kelly would lead you to believe. The “bulletproof” vest isn’t; It looks like soft body armor. Body Armor is rated by the National Institute of Justice to stop this or that caliber round and is not bullet proof, nothing out on the streets is. The 90 round drum magazine is the only “Hi Capacity” style magazine while the others are normal capacity that manufactures normally ship their firearms with. As far as the bullets going through this or that; the 22LR is no different than the .308 if you’re going to believe the Governments “magic bullet” theory. If this person had some M995 rounds, yes we should be concerned, however if the Police know the difference between concealment and cover, they should fare just fine.
    The most accurate reporting you presented is the felonies for the M16A1 if it was truly capable of full auto firing, the missing serial # from the .308 rifle and maybe the Sig p226 depending on the value. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Smith & Wesson is valued less than $950. so we’ll settle for a misdemeanor.

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