Bakari Fields, 31, was taken into custody without incident at 7:30 p.m. last Thursday at his girlfriend’s house in the 1800 block of Highland Way in Brentwood. Lt. Ben Tolero said Fields’ last known address was in Richmond.
Fields, along with accomplice Maurice Shavers, is believed responsible for an attempted armed robbery at the Kohl’s department store on Lone Tree Way on Nov. 4 of last year; an armed robbery at a Balfour Road Chevron Gas Station on Nov. 7; and a takeover-style robbery at a Balfour Road Walgreens on Jan. 6. A semi-automatic pistol believed to have been used in at least one of the robberies was recovered at the time of Fields’ arrest, Tolero said.
Shavers was killed by police during a takeover robbery of a Walgreens store on Jan. 20 in Oakland.
This week, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office filed 21 felony counts against Fields for robbery and weapons violations. Fields has two previous robbery-related convictions, Tolero said, and is facing his “third strike.” Bail was set at $3.2 million. Weapons charges have also been filed against his girlfriend, Latricia Hayes, 27, who is also in custody.
“There were a lot of man-hours involved in this investigation,” Tolero said. “To link it all together is great. Our investigators did a great job.”
Earlier last Thursday, police arrested three adults and one juvenile after they allegedly attempted to rob a trio of juvenile girls at knifepoint near Shady Willow Lane and Los Medanos Court near the Streets of Brentwood at about 3:45 p.m. According to Sgt. Mark Misquez, the robbers were scared off by a passerby who, along with the victims, provided descriptions of the assailants. About 40 minutes later at the nearby Villa Amador Apartments, police arrested Daniela Rodriguez, 18, of Antioch; Sergio Eovva, 19, of Brentwood; and Andrew Rivera, 19, of Brentwood. A 17-year-old female was also arrested. All four are associated with a local street gang, Misquez said.
“It was the swift response by our patrol officers that led to the arrest,” Misquez said, adding that it was not yet known if any of the four suspects were involved in a Jan. 21 armed robbery in a parking lot of the Streets of Brentwood, or a series of robberies in the downtown area. Those cases are still under investigation.
On Friday, Mayor Bob Taylor sent a congratulatory e-mail to Brentwood Police Chief Mark Evenson: “Chief, convey my thanks to those working on the robbery cases. This is good for our community, and as mayor I appreciate the hard work involved in the apprehension of suspects.”
Those with information related to any of the cases should call Detective Folena at 925-634-6911.