Asian man in Oakland dies after chasing down two theives who stole his laptop in a Starbucks.
The two men had been arrested at Reed's sister's home in Oakland at about 4pm Tuesday - just hours after the incident that led to Zeng's death.
Earlier, at about 11.30am, Zeng - a research scientist and engineer for Aspera - had been sitting by the door of a Starbucks in Oakland, using his laptop, when a man in a dark hoodie grabbed his it and ran to a car waiting outside.
Zeng then ran out of the building and chased after the thief in an attempt to get back his laptop.
A witness told ABC7 that Zeng dived through the window of the getaway car as it began to drive off, but that 'there was a struggle and I think they pushed him out and then he got dragged.'
Zeng sustained head injuries after being dragged by the suspects' SUV and flung against a parked car as the SUV sped off. He then died at the hospital shortly before 5pm.
In a probable cause statement, Oakland police said surveillance video showed two people stealing Zeng's laptop, then jumping into the waiting car.
Authorities believe that Reed was driving the getaway car and that Lee had been involved in stealing the laptop, which facilitated the robbery and murder.
After a judge said that Reed was being held without bail - standard practice in California when defendants are first charged with murder - Reed's sister, Shaquila Reed, 30, of Oakland, was said to have shouted 'Why no bail?'
After the hearing, Shaquila and members of Lee's family were said to have gotten into a fight outside the courthouse, requiring four deputies to separate them.
The fight was said to have been due to Lee's family being upset about what Shaquila had told reporters prior to the hearing - that she believed Reed is innocent because he was babysitting her child at her home when the robbery was committed, KPIX reported.
At the time, she told reporters that Reed was palling around 'with the wrong kind of people.'
She also described Reed as being 'a very loving person' and said that killing someone was 'one mistake he wouldn’t make.'
Reed and Lee are expected to be back in court Monday to be assigned attorneys and potentially enter pleas.
Jail records show that Lee's bail was set at $255,000.
Authorities are still investigating the Zeng incident and have not yet released information about the third suspect involved in the robbery.