OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Two suspects have been arrested and a third has been identified and was wanted in the gunshot death of TV security guard and former policeman Kevin Nishita, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne L. Armstrong announced Wednesday.
Armstrong said the two suspects were already in custody on unrelated charges when investigators linked them to Nishita’s death. The owner of the Acura TL sedan believed to be the getaway vehicle seen running from the scene has been arrested.
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The chief did not confirm whether he was one of the two suspects in custody.
“These individuals were wanted for other things and arrested for these other things, but a homicide arrest is pending,” Armstrong said.
The names of the suspects have not been released as the investigation is ongoing and the third suspect is still at large, but the police are “closing in on him”.
“We are continuing to work on the case and to work with the district attorney’s office on the charge,” Armstrong said. “We are confident that we have also identified a third suspect whom we are currently seeking with the assistance of our law enforcement partners. We are getting closer to this investigation. “
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A major rupture occurred in the case on Monday when the Acura was located and recovered.
“We really thank the community for all the information they have provided to help us resolve this matter,” Armstrong said. “I think their help was essential in identifying the vehicle we recovered and talked about – the White Acura… Our homicide investigators worked with Bay Area law enforcement for us. help identify the people we believe were responsible for his heinous crime. . “
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Armstrong said the three suspects were at the scene of the Nov. 24 shooting and that it appeared to be “a crime of expediency.”
Nishita was providing security for a KRON-TV news crew in the 300 block of 14th Street reporting on an armed robbery when he was shot dead during an attempted robbery in armed hand. He died of his injuries during the Thanksgiving vacation.
The company Nishita worked for provides security for Bay Area TV news crews, including those at KPIX 5.
“He was part of our new family. The loss is just huge, ”KPIX 5 reporter Maria Cid Medina said after Nishita’s death. “The entire television market is feeling the loss – in San Francisco and the Bay Area.”
A former police officer, Nishita has worked for several Bay Area law enforcement agencies, including the departments of San Jose, Hayward, and Colma.
Law enforcement across the Bay Area paid tribute to Nishita as her body was escorted from Alameda to a funeral home in Mountain View earlier this month. A memorial was held for Nishita on December 9 in San Jose.
Nishita is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren. A trust fund has been set up to help her family. You can find more information about donations to the trust fund here.
The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland have offered a reward of up to $ 32,500 for information leading to an arrest.
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Police are asking whoever shot the video or anyone with information about the case to contact the department’s homicide section at 510-238-3821.