Man Dies After Chasing Down Thief Who Stole His Laptop at a Starbucks in Oakland

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Oakland police tweeted this image of the scene of a robbery at a Starbucks on Dec. 31, 2019.

Oakland police tweeted this image of the scene of a robbery at a Starbucks on Dec. 31, 2019.

Authorities have confirmed a man died after he chased down a suspect who stole his laptop computer at a Starbucks in an Oakland neighborhood.

The man, believed to be in his 20s or 30s, died of head injuries after being taken by ambulance to a hospital, authorities said.

His identity was not immediately released.

The Starbucks location is on Mountain Boulevard in the Bay Area city’s upscale Montclair neighborhood.

The customer was working on his computer Tuesday morning when a suspect snatched the device and ran. The suspect then drove off in a nearby vehicle, authorities said.

It was unclear if there was a driver waiting in the vehicle, authorities said.

Before the car drove off, witnesses said the customer grabbed a door handle causing him to slam his head into a parked car when the vehicle accelerated away, witnesses said.

Authorities did not immediately confirm the witness accounts.

“He was bleeding only from the head. His face was purple and blue,” said Maria Chan, a florist shop owner across the street.

Oakland Fire Department personnel witnessed some of what happened before attempting first aid on the man, authorities said.

Police have analyzed video surveillance in the area but have yet to release any more details, authorities said. An investigation is underway.

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