S.W.A.T team raids Oakland muslim bakery
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By Bay City News
August 3, 2007
Blasts rang out from inside Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland
this morning and a window blew out of the building as S.W.A.T
team members armed with rifles raided the business, according
to a security officer who works nearby.
Search and arrest warrants alleging false imprisonment, kidnapping
and murder were served on officials this morning associated with
the bakery, according to the Oakland Police Department. The warrants
were served following a long-term investigation.
Officials are not saying whether the raid is related to the daytime
Oakland shooting death Thursday of veteran journalist Chauncey
At about 4:50 a.m. today, three rental trucks and a garbage truck
pulled up in front of the bakery, said Dennis Monaghan, a security
officer at Siddha Yoga Meditation Ashram, located at the corner
of San Pablo and Stanford avenues, just doors down from the bakery.
The trucks were filled with officers holding rifles and gear,
he said. The trucks were followed by S.W.A.T. vehicles and patrol
cars. About 20 officers assembled in front of the bakery.
"And then you heard go, go, go," Monaghan said. Then
there were 15 or so blasts. During the raid, one of the upper
windows of the bakery blew out, he said.
The S.W.A.T. team was inside for about an hour. The area was
blocked off. At least one man was brought out wearing a white
jacket and handcuffs, Monaghan said.
"I haven't seen such action since Vietnam," Monaghan
said. The bakery is surrounded with police tape and officers are
parked in front of the business.
One young male who appeared to be in his 20s was arrested at
about 7:45 a.m. near the bakery located at 5832 San Pablo Ave.
after surrendering to police.
Three officers were standing on the roof of the bakery around
8 a.m. surveying the area. A two-block area of San Pablo Avenue
is blocked off at Stanford Avenue.
A news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. today at the Oakland
Police Department regarding the raid.
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