Fifth bakery member arrested in kidnapping case
By Jeff Shuttleworth
October 17, 2007
A fifth associate of Your Black Muslim Bakery was arrested today
on kidnapping, torture and false imprisonment charges stemming
from an incident involving two women in Oakland on May 17, according
to Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Scott Patton.
Patton, who declined to disclose the suspect's name because he
hasn't been charged yet, said the man was arrested at the Wiley
Manuel Courthouse, which is across the street from Oakland police
headquarters, this morning when he appeared in court for an unrelated
Oakland police spokesman Roland Holmgren identified the suspect
as Richard Lewis.
Patton said the suspect is charged with using false identification
in the other case, had failed to appear in court Oct. 3 and received
a notice to appear today, when Oakland police were waiting for
him in court.
According to prosecutors and Oakland police, the suspects in
the case allegedly kidnapped a mother and daughter as the women
drove home from a bingo hall in East Oakland.
The suspects pretended to be police officers and used flashing
lights on their car, a decommissioned police cruiser, to get the
women to pull over, according to a declaration filed in court
by Oakland police Officer Jesse Grant.
The women were driven to an abandoned home in Oakland where the
daughter was assaulted.
The suspects fled when an Oakland police officer saw the modified
car and heard the daughter's screams. The officer then rescued
On Aug. 7, four days after Oakland police and other agencies
conducted a massive raid at Your Black Muslim Bakery headquarters
in Oakland, prosecutors charged bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, 21,
and associates Joshua Bey, 20, and Tamon Halfin, 21, with seven
Last week, prosecutors filed identical charges against a fourth
defendant, Yusuf Bey V, the half brother of Yusuf Bey IV and Joshua
Bey. The three Bey half-brothers were all fathered by bakery founder
Yusuf Bey, who died in 2003 while awaiting trial on child molestation
charges, but have different mothers.
If they're convicted, the suspects face life in prison without
the possibility of parole for a charge of aggravated kidnapping
for ransom and extortion and an additional term of life with the
possibility of parole for kidnapping to commit robbery.
Patton said he expects the fifth suspect in the case to be charged
and arraigned Friday.
He said the fifth suspect's case will be consolidated with the
case against the other four defendants, who are scheduled to return
to court Nov. 6 to have their preliminary hearing date set.
Yusuf Bey IV, Joshua Bey and Halfin have all pleaded not guilty.
Yusuf Bey V is scheduled to enter a plea Nov. 6. Patton said
an enhancement clause was filed against Yusuf Bey IV on Tuesday
accusing him of using a knife during the May 17 incident.
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