19-Year-Old Charged with Murder and Robbery in Death of Oakland Bakery Owner

On Friday, it was reported that a resident of San Francisco has been arrested in connection with the tragic death of a well-loved bakery owner in Oakland.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged Ishmael Burch, a 19-year-old, with murder and robbery in the case involving Jen Angel, the owner of Angel Cakes in Oakland.

The incident took place on February 6 when Angel, aged 48, was sitting in her parked car near the Wells Fargo on Webster Street at around 12:30 p.m.

According to the Oakland Police Department, an individual broke into her vehicle and stole her personal belongings. Angel attempted to retrieve her possessions and a struggle ensued with the perpetrator, resulting in her being thrown onto the pavement.

Emergency medical services quickly responded to the scene and provided immediate assistance to Angel. She was then transported to a nearby hospital, but unfortunately, she passed away from her injuries on February 9.

Angel established Angel Cakes in 2008 and later moved the business to a distinctively pink building on Fifth Street in 2016, which was previously occupied by T.J.’s Gingerbread House, a Cajun restaurant.

Prior to her career in the bakery industry, Angel worked as a book publicist and was the founder and publisher of Clamor magazine, a publication focused on radical culture and politics.

Friends and family remember Angel fondly as a supporter of social movements and a passionate anarchist. In the wake of this tragedy, her loved ones expressed their desire for the perpetrators to be held accountable through restorative justice, favoring alternatives to imprisonment.

“While we mourn the loss of Jen, we are committed to honoring her wishes and carrying on her work. Jen did not believe in relying on violence by the state, punitive measures, or imprisonment as effective or just solutions to address social violence and inequality,” stated the family and friends in a message shared on a GoFundMe campaign that was created after the incident.

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