Oakland, California’s Hassani Burleson-Ramsey accused of snatching Asian women’s purses in San Jose

Hassani Burleson-Ramsey (©San Jose Police Department)
Hassani Burleson-Ramsey (©San Jose Police Department)

Hassani Burleson-Ramsey, 23, of Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States has been arrested by the San Jose Police Department (SJPD). He was charged with multiple counts of felony robbery and misdemeanor vandalism.

Burleson-Ramsey and another individual are the suspects responsible for nine purse snatchings in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California and up to 30 additional robberies in other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region surrounding the San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun Bay estuaries in Northern California. 

All victims are female and members of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Burleson-Ramsey and the other suspect are accused of tracking the victims in shopping center parking lots before blocking in the victims’ vehicles, smashing the windows of the vehicles and fleeing the scene with purses and other personal property.

During the investigation of the robberies, the SJPD collaborated with the Hayward Police Department, the Newark Police Department, the Union City Police Department, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and the Oakland Police Department. On April 28, 2021, SJPD officers arrested Burleson-Ramsey in Oakland.

Burleson-Ramsey was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose. The other suspect has yet to be identified and arrested.

People who have information about the second suspect are asked to call the robbery unit of the San Jose Police Department at (408) 277-4166. Those who want to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (408) 947-7867.


Named for Saint Joseph, San Jose was incorporated on March 27, 1850. It is known for its Mediterranean climate and extremely high cost of living and is nicknamed the Capital of Silicon Valley.

Harvard Law School alumnus Sam Licardo, 51, is the incumbent and 65th mayor of San Jose. He assumed office on January 1, 2015.

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