A 54-year-old man was convicted of second-degree robbery in an Alameda County courtroom on Thursday, January 31st. The man had also been charged with assault with a deadly weapon for striking a female cyclist with his vehicle and threatening her with what turned out to be a replica firearm.
The victim was commuting from her job in Emeryville to her West Oakland home when the crime occurred according to Alameda County prosecutors.
Jesse Williams, who was in his vehicle, honked at the victim while she was crossing through the intersection of Mandela Parkway and Horton Street. Williams then pursued the victim as she crossed into the dedicated bike lane and hit her with his vehicle causing her to fall off her bike and onto her back, prosecutors said.
Williams then confronted the victim while she lay on the ground, struck her on her head and snatched her iPhone from her hand, according to prosecutors. During her interaction with Williams, the victim noticed what she believed to be a pistol grip protruding from his pants, prosecutors said.
When Williams drove away from the scene, he pointed the replica firearm at the woman and threatened her life, according to prosecutors. Williams was later arrested in the 950 block of 12th Street in West Oakland and the woman’s iPhone was recovered by law enforcement,
Although jurors found Williams guilty of second-degree robbery in their verdict, they found him not guilty of a felony assault with a deadly weapon charge.
Williams is scheduled to be sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay on March 4.