A Murder In Montclair: Random Or Not?

There’s a little more news related to Joe Robertson’s death yesterday:  his murder may not be random.  Our City Council Rep Libby Schaaf spoke directly with Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan about the crime.  She then shared this update with Montclarions earlier today, and we wanted to make sure you read it:

I just received a updated briefing from Chief Jordan on the apparent homicide of Joseph Robertson on Thackeray.  While I’m not allowed to share most of what he told me, I may share that police have strong reason to believe this was a homicide but that it was not random.  I will continue to stay briefed on the investigation and share with you whatever is allowed.  Anyone with any information should call 510-238-3821.  If you have any trouble getting your information through to this number, don’t hesitate to email or call Dorie or me.  We know how unacceptably disturbing this incident must be.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do at this troubling time.

Your Councilmember,
Libby Schaaf

Update: As of March 13th, Council Rep Schaaf reports about a person of interest who “remains in custody on an unrelated charge. This person does have a connection to the victim (thus is not a random intruder). I’m hoping there’ll be more to share in about a week. The investigation has been productive, but is not concluded and no charges have been brought yet.”

2 thoughts on “A Murder In Montclair: Random Or Not?

    1. We have received an update from Council Rep Schaaf…and a “person of interest” has been identified.


      I wanted to provide you an update with what I’m allowed to share regarding the recent homicide of Joseph Robertson on Thackery. There is a “Person of Interest” in this case and he was recently arrested and is still being held in another jurisdiction on an unrelated matter. OPD investigations was back in the neighborhood recently following up with interviews and obtaining other helpful leads and potential evidence. Any additional information remains extremely helpful. If you have any further information that could be helpful to this investigation, please call OPD Investigations at 510-238-3821 or email opdhomicide@oaklandnet.com. I will continue to remain briefed by OPD on this matter and share with you whatever I’m allowed. Again, do not hesitate to contact our office if we can assist with anything.

      Your Councilmember Libby Schaaf

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