DUBLIN (CBS SF) — A man who had been arrested for car theft in Oakland – and then released on court-ordered zero bail because of the coronavirus pandemic – was arrested just minutes later in Dublin for carjacking and a second attempted carjacking, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said a 32-year-old man identified as Rocky Music was arrested in a stolen car by Oakland police on Sunday morning and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. He was released Sunday night at 7:23 p.m. on a zero bail order – which allows setting bail for $0 for non-violent felonies and misdemeanors.
The bail standard has been in effect since April 13 to slow the spread of coronavirus within jail facilities. As of last week, there were at least 15 positive cases of COVID-19 at Santa Rita Jail.
After walking to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station, Music carjacked a victim in the parking lot – just 37 minutes after being released from jail, according to the sheriff’s office.
He drove to San Ramon and attempted a second carjacking but was unsuccessful, the sheriff’s office said.
Music then fled from San Ramon police but was taken into custody after he allegedly kicked a police K-9 that had managed to track him down, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly.
Kelly said he is now being held at again at Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail on charges of carjacking, harming a police officer’s dog and a misdemeanor obstructing a police officer.
“You could steal a car every day and be released every day,” because car theft isn’t considered a violent felony, said Kelly, who added Music is being kept in custody for now because carjacking is considered to be a serious felony.
Kelly said that since the new rules were implemented on April 13, he knows of one Alameda County suspect who has been arrested five times and another suspect who has been arrested three times.
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