Fifth bakery member charged in kidnapping case
By Jeff Shuttleworth
October 18, 2007
A fifth associate of Your Black Muslim Bakery was charged today
with kidnapping, torture and false imprisonment charges for an
incident involving two women in Oakland on May 17, according to
Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Tom Rogers.
Richard Lewis, 23, a former football star at Mission High School
in San Francisco, is scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County
Superior Court on Friday.
The May 17 incident occurred only 15 days after a San Francisco
jury acquitted him of murder, attempted murder and robbery charges
stemming from a March 1, 2005, incident in the 1800 block of 18th
Avenue in the city's Sunset District. Lewis had been in custody
for two years but was released after he was acquitted.
Lewis was arrested at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse, which is across
the street from Oakland police headquarters, Wednesday morning
when he came to court for an unrelated case in which he's accused
of using a fraudulent driver's license.
According to prosecutors and Oakland police, the suspects in
the May 17 incident allegedly kidnapped a mother and daughter
as the women drove home from a bingo hall in East Oakland. The
suspects allegedly believed the women could reveal where a local
drug dealer kept his money.
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
the 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
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.
Deputy District Attorney Scott Patton said Lewis's case will
be consolidated with the case against the other four defendants,
who are scheduled to return to court on 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 on Nov. 6.
San Francisco prosecutors alleged that Lewis was the driver and
Chad Dias, 22, of Richmond was the shooter in the March 1, 2005,
slaying of Christine Chan, 22, of Daly City. Chan's boyfriend,
George Tang, then 22, of San Francisco, was also wounded in the
Police said Chan was an innocent bystander and Dias shot Tang
while Tang was selling him marijuana.
Lewis confessed to participating in the crime, but a judge ruled
that his confession was inadmissible at his trial so jurors never
knew about it.
In a separate trial that ended in September, jurors deadlocked
7-5 in favor of acquitting Dias of murder charges, so a mistrial
San Francisco prosecutors are in the process of deciding whether
to prosecute Dias a second time.
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