Black muslim bakery officials arrested
in S.W.A.T team raid
Your Black Muslim Bakery, located in Oakland,
was the scene of an early morning S.W.A.T team raid.
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By Bay City News
August 3, 2007
City workers could be seen late this morning boarding up the
front windows of Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland following
an early morning raid by police who served arrest warrants on
Search and arrest warrants for alleged false imprisonment, kidnapping
and murder were served at the bakery, according to the Oakland
Police Department. The warrants were served following a long-term
investigation, police reported.
Officials are not saying whether the raid is related to the daytime
death Thursday of veteran journalist Chauncey
rang out from inside Your Black Muslim Bakery, located at
5832 San Pablo Ave. 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.
At about 4:50 a.m., 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 rental and garbage trucks were filled with officers holding
rifles and gear, he said. The trucks were followed by SWAT 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 loud blasts, Monaghan said. During the
raid, one of the upper windows of the bakery blew out, he said.
The SWAT team was inside for about an hour while the area was
blocked off. At least one man, wearing a white jacket, was brought
out in handcuffs, Monaghan said.
"I haven't seen such action since Vietnam," Monaghan
A two-block section of San Pablo Avenue around the bakery was
surrounded with police tape and officers were parked in front
of the business all morning.
Another young male who appeared to be in his 20s was taken into
custody at about 7:45 a.m. near the bakery after surrendering
Members associated with the bakery, including Yusuf Bey IV, grandson
of bakery founder Yusuf Bey, were considered by Oakland police
to have played a role in the November 2005 vandalism of a liquor
store at 2363 San Pablo Ave.
In 2006, Bey was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for
allegedly trying to use his BMW to run down several bouncers after
being thrown out of a San Francisco strip club. He also faced
felony charges in Solano County for allegedly fraudulently using
false identification to buy a car.
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