Two gang members have been arrested in connection with an elderly Oakland woman who was murdered after she recorded the two men in the middle of a robbery in her California neighborhood.
Judy Salamon, 66, observed the two men and quickly reached for her cell phone to begin recording the crime. After the suspects spotted her, they fled the scene but were chased by Salamon in her vehicle. After a short chase, the two men fired shots in Salamons direction, fatally wounding her on the 2400 block of her Oakland neighborhood on July 24th of last year.
The two men, 21-year-old Mario Floyd and 22-year-old Stephon Lee are both currently serving time for unrelated gun charges, but were identified by a witness who came forward to testify about the shooting. According to Sgt. Mike Gantt of the Oakland Police Department, Floyd and Lee are well known gang members in the Oakland area. Both men have been charged with murder in the act of a robbery, making them eligible to receive life in prison without parole.
Salamon, also known as the neighborhood ‘Pet Nanny’, was loved by her community and was an avid crime watcher. Daily Mail reports that the elderly woman had advocated the hiring of a private security firm only a few days prior to the fatal incident.
When asked about the vigilante actions of this brave woman, Gantt noted that they “want you to be vigilant, but we don’t want you to be a vigilante,” adding “That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to protect the citizens of Oakland. If you witness a crime, please call 911. We don’t want you to follow behind these suspects, because anything may happen to you.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the cell phone was taken by the suspects but has not yet been recovered.