OAKLAND — The 2020 triple taking pictures that left two lifeless and one injured right here began, paradoxically, with a problem to an old school avenue struggle that was imagined to cease a brewing violent battle from escalating, in response to witness testimony at a latest listening to.
A person who was current for the Oct. 14, 2020 taking pictures that killed Jorge Martinez, 19, and Juan Diaz-Ochoa, 21, testified in December that Martinez had stolen a gun belonging to a person named “Billy Bob” and that the 2 had organized to struggle in an effort to settle the dispute. However issues rapidly went haywire.
After Martinez handled Billy Bob in brief order, the eyewitness volunteered himself as the following challenger, taking off his shirt and hat and leaping into the ring as a crowd of greater than a dozen spectators readied their cellphones. He observed his good friend, Hasan Dbouk — who he knew as “White Boy” — appeared agitated at the beginning of the struggle, however didn’t assume something of it.
Then he heard gunshots, regarded up, and noticed Dbouk holding a firearm. Individuals scattered, and the 2 ended up leaving collectively in the identical automotive they’d arrived in. Days later, police arrested the person and he advised them a narrative that he repeated on the December preliminary listening to.
Dbouk, 28, faces costs of murdering each victims, trying to homicide the person who escaped with a gunshot wound to his leg, and in addition with kidnapping in reference to a subsequent hostage state of affairs that got here eight days after the triple taking pictures. In an try and elude police, Dbouk allegedly ran right into a shoe retailer on Excessive Avenue in Oakland and took hostages, whom he launched solely after the cops offered him with cigarettes and a lighter.
Earlier than surrendering, Dbouk allegedly expressed his regret to one of many hostages, handing the person $200 in money.
“He gave me cash. He was like, ‘Oh, sorry for placing you on this state of affairs,’” the previous hostage testified on the preliminary listening to.
On the listening to’s finish, Dbouk held to reply on all counts besides one — an assault with a lethal weapon cost that stemmed from the hostage state of affairs. He stays jailed in Dublin with out bail, and a trial date has not but been set, courtroom data present.
Dbouk has pleaded not responsible. His legal professional argued that primarily based on witness accounts, Dbouk had a legit declare of self-defense.