Man Tries to Steal KPIX News Van with Reporter in the Back

By Kevin Eck 

KPIX reporter Da Lin was working in the back of his unmarked KPIX news van when a man jumped in and tried to steal it.

SFGate reports, Lin was parked outside Oakland City Hall around 3:50 p.m. last Thursday with the engine running when the suspect, Marshawn Daniels, jumped in and tried to drive away.

Lin, who is small in stature, had moved the driver’s seat close to the steering wheel. Daniels, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall, had trouble adjusting the seat, officials said.

Lin told co-workers that he looked over from the back of the van to see if the suspect was armed. Not noticing a weapon, Lin yelled at the suspect, asking him what he was doing in the van.

Surprised, Daniels jumped out of the van, authorities said. An armed security guard assigned to shadow Lin emerged from his sport utility vehicle and chased Daniels to the entrance of City Hall and held him at gunpoint. City Hall security guards stayed on scene until officers arrived. No one was injured.