The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a $32,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of a security guard, Kevin Nishita, who was killed in an attempted robbery while on assignment protecting a Bay Area TV crew. 

Nishita died of his injuries on Saturday. While on assignment for KRON4’s news team, he was involved in an attempt to robbery. 

“We are devastated by the loss of security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita.  Our deepest sympathy goes to Kevin’s wife, his children, his family, and to all his friends and colleagues. Another violent crime committed in the Bay Area has caused this senseless loss.  We hope that offering a reward will help lead to the arrest of those responsible so they can face justice for this terrible tragedy,” KRON4’s Vice President and General Manager Jim Rose said in a statement.

Nishita worked as a police officer at the Oakland Housing Authority, Hayward Police, San Jose Police, and the Colma Police departments before he retired from the police force in 2018. Colma Police Department stated in a statement that Kevin “was a son and a husband. He was also a father, grandfather, coworker, friend, and a father.” He will be greatly missed.”

Oakland Police said the suspect’s vehicle is a 2004–2008 Acura TL, white, 4-door, with a sunroof and no front license plate. 

On Twitter, KRON4 journalists publicly mourned the loss of their longtime colleague. “Kevin Nishita. He was our friend. “He was a man of honor and an officer.”Tweeted by Will Tran, KRON4 anchor/reporter. “I sent him an SMS yesterday saying that I would be happy to help him with any problems. This isn’t fair. It is possible that he was robbed by his relatives by a group of killers.”

Kevin is genuine and humble, but he always smiled when he did the job. “He was our private security guard who kept us and many other Bay Area journalists safe when we were out in the field.” tweeted reporter Camila Barco.“Kevin is going to be missed.”

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact Oakland Police Department’s Homicide Section at (510) 238-3821 or call Crime Stoppers at (510) 777-8572.



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