This Oakland News is an addendum. It comes from emailed reports that, to protect those involved, will not be entirely directly referred to. It involves an incident that happened Sunday night into Monday Morning at 1:30 AM.
The person wrote that…
My co-worker, who lives on Jayne, just alerted me to a very disturbing and violent incident last night.
Her roommates were biking home a few minutes apart around 1:30am. The first roommate (a woman) arrived at the corner of Jayne and Lee to encounter two men beating up a woman. The first roommate yelled for the men to stop, that she was calling the police and began dialing. One of the men chased after her and began to beat her. The woman who was originally being beaten fled. The second roommate (also arrived) arrived, buzzed my co-worker (who was sleeping) to let her into the building and yelled for my co-worker to call the police. My co-worker came down from the building to the street to join the second roommate and when the men saw the 2 additional women, they left. The first roommate suffered two black eyes and was kicked in the ribs. The police arrived in 10 minutes or less and took a report.
What is so disturbing about this incident to me is that the men did not appear to be after any property. They did not take the bikes, cell-phones, wallets, etc. The other disturbing thing is that roommate #1 tried to help another victim in distress and then became victimized. Obviously if we see something bad happening to someone, our desire is to help and our presence is critical to stop the violence…but one additional person was not enough. Once there were 2 additional people, these guys ran away. I’m not sure if there is anything to learn from this other than being ready and available to help as part of a group…?
One thing is if you’re going to be out at 1 AM in Lake Merritt Adams Point, make sure you are either with a group of people, like four or more, or if not, that you take a cab home.
What’s disturbing is that there’s no report of anyone having actually heard a woman screaming, which I would think would have happened if two men were beating her up right on the corner of Jayne and Lee.