Oakland police make third arrest in fatal New Years Eve laptop theft


OAKLAND (KRON) – Oakland police confirmed on Friday that another person was arrested in connection to a laptop theft on December 31, 2019 that left the owner, Shou Zeng, dead.

The suspect, whose identity is not being released, is now the third arrest after Byron Reed and Javon Lee were arrested and charged with murder and robbery, and manslaughter and robbery respectively earlier in the month.

On New Years Eve at 11:37 a.m. Oakland police responded to a laptop theft at a Starbucks in the Montclair neighborhood in Oakland.

It was revealed that the three suspects approached Zeng, took his laptop and fled to a rented black BMW SUV.

Shou Zeng

Zeng chased the suspects and grabbed the door of the vehicle as they attempted to speed away. Zeng was then dragged and hit his head on a parked car.

According to police, firefighters were nearby and were quick to administer first aid, but Zeng died soon after being transported to a local hospital.

A memorial of flowers was erected at the location of the incident, with strangers and neighbors quick to pay respects to the young man.

34-year-old Zeng was from China, but came to the United States to go to graduate school at Kansas State University. After graduating, he then moved to the Bay Area in 2015 to work for IBM.

Michelle Geering, the physics department head at Kansas State University, remembered Zeng as a great student.

“As a student at Kansas State University, Shuo was well known and very well-liked by everyone in the department; the news of his death is shocking,” Geering said. “The world has lost a bright, friendly and wonderful person.”


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