Police announce arrest in armed frat house robbery

Berkeley Police cruisers. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old from Oakland in connection with an armed robbery at a Berkeley fraternity in September, police announced Tuesday.

The Berkeley Police Department identified the arrested man as Kameron Robinson-Tom, and said he “gave a full confession and admitted to a number of other robberies” after being taken into custody.

The Berkeley case took place Sept. 4 shortly before 2:45 a.m. A community member called police to say he and two friends had just been robbed inside their fraternity house in the 2300 block of Piedmont Avenue.

“They reported that they had just cleared out a party and were hanging out in the common room playing a drinking game when the two suspects entered, one of them brandishing a handgun, and the other demanding their property,” police said. The robbers fled through a back door, taking the stolen property with them.


One victim told police both males were at the frat party earlier in the evening.

Police said they identified Robinson-Tom during their investigation, and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Saturday, at 8:20 a.m., the Oakland Police Department arrested him on the warrant.

BPD said “robbery detectives have also been successful in developing further information on the identity of the second suspect (although he still remains at large).”

According to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s office, Robinson-Tom is being held on $375,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail and has been charged with first-degree robbery of an inhabited dwelling, as well as special allegations related to being armed with a firearm, and noting prison eligibility if convicted.


Robinson-Tom is scheduled for a pretrial hearing next week, Feb. 23, at the René C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland.