Fremont police arrest pair linked to armed robberies near BART station


FREMONT (BCN)—Police arrested a man and a woman Wednesday in connection with a string of armed robberies that have occurred in the last two months near the Fremont BART station, police said Monday.

The suspects were identified as Fremont residents Bradley Gentry, 24, and Letisha Lewis, 18, according to police.

Gentry was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. Lewis was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery as well as conspiracy, police said.

The first robbery connected to the pair occurred on Sept. 21, around 9:10 p.m., near Bonner Avenue and Athy Street. One of the suspects stuck a handgun into the back of a 35-year-old man and robbed him of his cellphone and wallet, according to police.

Then on Oct. 14, two more robberies occurred nearby between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. In those separate incidents, the two victims described the

armed suspect as a male accompanied by a female accomplice, police said.

In response to the robberies, Fremont police assigned detectives to the cases and the swing shift patrol team began conducting high-visibility patrols near the station during the evening hours.

A similar fourth robbery then occurred on Oct. 20, around 9 p.m. near Cherry Lane and a fifth robbery happened on Oct. 24 at 2:42 p.m. near Guardino Drive and Pepys Way, according to police.

In at least two of the five robberies, witnesses said the suspect got into an awaiting 4-door sedan, possibly an Acura.

On Wednesday, officers and detectives were in the area near the BART station, when they noticed a vehicle with a male driver matching the description of the robber. Investigators watched the vehicle enter a business parking lot near Mowry Avenue and Parkside Drive, police said.

Detectives contacted the driver, identified as Gentry, and took him into custody as he was walking back to his car. Officers then located his female accomplice, identified as Lewis.

Officers were able to obtain evidence linking the pair to all five robberies, according to police.

The pair is expected to appear in Alameda County Superior Court Tuesday at 9 a.m., according to jail records.

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