Oakland Baker Dies After She’s Critical Injured During Purse Snatching

A popular Oakland baker has been declared dead after she was critically injured during a daylight purse snatching in a bank parking lot earlier this week.

Jennifer Angel, owner of Angel Cakes bakery, was in the parking lot of a Wells Fargo bank less than a mile from her shop on Monday when a vehicle blocked hers. A man approached her vehicle, reached in and grabbed her purse, then ran back to his getaway car.

Angel followed the man back to his car in an attempt to retrieve her purse, but was caught in the door as he sped away. She was dragged more than 50 feet, suffering serious head injuries.

Angel’s family said she was declared dead on Thursday.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Oakland baker, small business owner, social justice activist and community member Jen Angel has been medically declared to have lost all brain function and will not regain consciousness. Her official time of death was 5:48pm (PT),” the family statement said.

Staff at Angel Cakes declined to comment  other than to say they were “committed to continuing the vision of Jen’s work building community and bringing joy to people’s lives through this challenging time.”

Police said the incident is under investigation.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $7,500 in reward money for information leading to the arrests of the suspects. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or 510-238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.

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[Featured image: Jennifer Angel/Facebook]