OAKLAND — The man and woman who police believe shot and killed a Virginia man in downtown Oakland on Sunday night after robbing him of $17 may have been involved in other robberies downtown and in other parts of the city, police said. Earlier this week, investigators released images from surveillance video at a nearby office building, showing a couple who match the description of the pair who attacked 45-year-old Jinghong Kang, a computer engineer who was in the Bay Area for a job interview with Google in Mountain View.
The grainy images show a man and woman, believed to be the killers, walking down 20th Street just minutes before the assault, which occurred about 11:30 p.m. Sunday as Kang and an acquaintance stood outside his parked rental car in the 1900 block of Webster Street.
The man is described as black, 18 to 25 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10 and 160 to 170 pounds. He wore a black, hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark shoes. The woman was black, 18 to 25 years old, 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-6 and 140 to 150 pounds. She wore a multicolored jacket, gray baggy sweatpants and white tennis shoes. Investigators now believe the same people may be linked to other recent robberies in the area. Officers hope someone will recognize the pair on the video and come forward.
Henry Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle was at the forefront of covering for the killers by not reporting the race of the suspects. Contact him and ask why the Oakland Tribune reported the race of the killers and he did not: