Two men were arrested on Thursday for the murder of an East Oakland woman known locally as the beloved ‘Pet Nanny’ after she filmed them during an alleged armed robbery.

Police charged Mario Floyd, 21, and Stephen Lee, 22, with the killing of Judy Salamon, 66, after she followed the two men in her car on July 24.

Mario Floyd

Mario Floyd

The two men allegedly fired shots at true-crime enthusiast Salamon, after a heated argument over her cellphone and then made their getaway, leaving the dog-lover fatally wounded.

Sgt. Mike Gantt of Oakland police said that an officer on the case made a significant breakthrough with a witness to the shooting, which in turn led him to identifying the two suspects.

Lee is currently already serving time at San Quentin State prison on unrelated gun charge and Floyd was convicted eight days prior to Salamon’s shooting for carrying a loaded firearm.

Stephen Lee

Stephen Lee

The two men are well known to police said Sgt. Gantt and both belonged to a local gang he said.

Sgt. Gantt said that Salamon, who had advocated her neighborhood hiring a private security firm only days before the shooting, was a ‘brave lady.’

However, he said that she should have phoned 911 and not followed the two men after witnessing the alleged robbery.

Salamon was driving near to her home in the Maxwell Park neighborhood when she allegedly saw the two suspects and then began to record them on her phone.

She then pursued them after they fled the robbery scene, causing her killers to confront her.

During the confrontation, Floyd threw a trash can at Salamon’s car, while Lee fired the fatal shots.

When asked if people should act as vigilante’s in their neighborhoods, Sgt. Gantt said he wants the public to ‘be a good witness’.

‘We want you to be vigilant, but we don’t want you to be a vigilante,’ he said.

‘That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to protect the citizens of Oakland. If you witness a crime, please call 911. We don’t want you to follow behind these suspects, because anything may happen to you.’

Gantt said Salamon ‘was a brave lady. I just think that she should have maybe called 911 in this situation.’

Police would not say if her phone, or any video evidence stored on it, was recovered.

Alameda County prosecutors have charged both men with murder and the special circumstance of killing in the course of a robbery, making them eligible for life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty if convicted according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The brutal killing stunned the residents of Maxwell park, who had known Salamon for 20 years.

Her neighbors praised her love of animals and said that she had begun working on a neighborhood watch to make her area safer.

Judy Salamon

Judy Salamon

Her Facebook page was filled with photos of dogs she said she had owned or fostered.

Following her death, 300 residents of Maxwell Park hired a private firm to patrol the middle-class neighborhood where she lived.

‘We’re gratified of course that there’s arrests, but ultimately we’re all still very saddened,’  said Jose Dorado, chairman of Maxwell Park’s neighborhood council said to the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, ‘not by just her death but by the way she died.’


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  • Dave4088

    It’s too bad Ms. Salamon didn’t know or didn’t care that you shouldn’t follow or confront sub-humans like this unless you are ready and willing to use lethal force. At the rate things are going it won’t be long before most white neighborhoods have a few Mario Floyd’s and Stephen Lee’s at which time the hapless residents will come to understand the meaning of “vibrant”.

    • IstvanIN

      Following thugs while waiting for the police has pretty much ruined George Zimmerman’s life and he lived.

    • Andross

      Typically when white people misbehave in public other whites aren’t afraid to confront them and scold them for doing something naughty. This woman probably thought that since everyone is the same she could confront these black thugs the same way she would confront misbehaving white teenagers. That’s why being a race realist may save your life.

      • tlk244182

        I’ve seen this phenomenon numerous times: Whites, usually women, attempting to ‘scold’ Negro thugs, apparently oblivious to the risk. It’s as if there is something wrong with their natural ability to sense the presence of a dangerous predator.

        • Andross

          Unfortunately, women tend to make up a large percentage of “true believers” and in many cases politically-correct egalitarianism is their religion.

        • LHathaway

          They see themselves as victims, too, I think. In our present society, the more you are a ‘victim’ the higher up you are the social ladder or hierarchy, until black men, somehow, become arbiters of morality and, simply by their presence, considered the essence or virtue. White women are up there with them, however.

  • dd121

    What the hell did that stupid woman think she was getting herself into? I suppose she thought the warm fuzzy feelings she had about minorities would protect her. Throwing the trash can didn’t help either.

    • David Ashton

      Silly maybe – but still sad.

    • Xerxes22

      She didn’t throw the trash can lid. One of the thugs did. Some women like that believe that a criminal wouldn’t hurt them. They have that false sense of invulnerability which most men don’t have.

      • IstvanIN

        Gentlemen don’t hit ladies. Blacks aren’t gentlemen.

        • maxsnafu

          If “ladies” hit first, gentlemen return the favor.

      • tlk244182

        May be why men generally “wont ask for directions.” Nature has endowed us with natural suspicion of other males, especially out-group males.

  • [Guest]

    Obviously, if the savages are going to be stopped, they’re not going to be stopped by 66-year-old women armed with cellphones.

    What WOULD it take?

    • Mason Gull

      George Zimmerman

      • [Guest]

        Several hundred thousand George Zimmermans, I think. The more the better.

    • FeuerSalamander

      never bring a cell phone to a gun fight, bring a cell phone and a GUN

    • FeuerSalamander

      maybe someday cellphones will have Phasers on them. Beat.. Beam me up Scotty!

  • MekongDelta69

    Sgt Gantt said, “That’s what we’re here for. We’re here to protect the citizens of Oakland. If you witness a crime, please call 911.”

    Hang on…

  • Urbane Neanderthal

    She was a member of a certain religion that seems to have a blindness to the savagery of certain races, except when those races wish to immigrate to Israel.

    I wonder if she’s a race realist now?

    • FeuerSalamander

      She forgot to wear her life vest.

    • Kenner

      That religion is cultural marxism. Unfortunately, no miracle materialized.

  • JSS

    What was she thinking? How did she think following them was going to turn out? I understand her outrage but doing what she did is basically suicide. People like the vibrancy pictured above require a much heavier form of pest control then an old woman with a cell phone.

  • Diversity = White Genocide. Where were the white men and in this case the Jewish men, whose traditional role in society is to look out after their women? Impulsively pursuing black thugs is not a good idea, but this case teaches that neighborhood patroling is man’s work. If women insist on getting into it, then let the men train them on how to do it stealthily.

    A tragic, unnecessary loss of a nice lady and a loss for the dogs too.

    • Ella

      Maybe, she is braver than some of the Jewish men in her neighbourhood.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Never approach negroes in their natural habitat unless well-armed or well-trained in the martial arts.

  • FeuerSalamander

    The tribe just lost one

    • Pro_Whitey

      The takeaway lesson? Don’t bring chutzpah to a gun fight.

  • FeuerSalamander

    Liberals do the funniest things! Ten to one this was an obama voter!

  • She looks quite a lot like my mother.

  • kjh64

    The best thing she could have done was just call the cops.

  • OhWow

    Trayvon Martin when not killed. This is what happens.

    Thank god for people like Zimmerman.


    I have the feeling this is going to be
    a long HOT summer for race relations this summer .


      Oakland PD did a great job of tracking these murderers down..

      • evilsandmich

        That’s a nice security fence around that graveyard…

        • That’s Oakland . . .if it’s not locked or nailed down it won’t be there next time you look ..

          • thomasdosborneii

            There will be no there there (to quote Gertrude Stein)!

    • Brian

      As the country’s demographics take on the flavor of mystery meat, expect the rising crime to be blamed on global warming.

  • MBlanc46

    The cops obviously do a great job protecting the citizens of Oakland. You betcha.

    • tlk244182

      “When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.”

      • evilsandmich

        If they have to hire their own private police, then it’s probably more than “minutes”.

  • IKUredux

    Ms. Salamon, who looks to be a Red Sea crosser of yore,died believing in the fact that all men are created equal.She was wrong. Yeah, yeah, I know, most red sea crossers are more savvy. She actually believed the hype.

    • NoMosqueHere

      No, most red sea crossers believe the hype.

      Funny how many of these black on white atrocities appear in the British press.

      More on Judy:

      Born to Holocaust survivors shortly after World War II, Judy’s early life was peripatetic. When she was a two year old toddler her parents decided to flee the communist regime in Hungary and immigrated to Canada living in five different Canadian towns and cities over the span of a decade. At 17, Judy lost her mother, and decided to study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where she got a BA in literature. After graduating, she spent time in Amsterdam and other European cities before settling in Barcelona, where she learned Flamenco dancing and became a professional Flamenco dancer. There she met her first husband. She returned to Canada in the early 1970s where she completed an MA in Comparative Literature at Carleton University in Ottawa, got married and continued her studies towards a PhD at the University of Toronto, while working as a teaching assistant and translator: Judy was multi-lingual, fluent in 5 languages.

  • Brian

    So sad to see that Milli Vanilli turned to a life of crime… 😉

  • FeuerSalamander

    IF she had had real children instead of a silly dog, she would not have gambled with her life this way.

  • FeuerSalamander

    Poor Toto,
    Dorothy lived in OZ
    Oz was in her head
    now she is shot dead
    the gaping hole in her life
    Toto never mended
    No Children just career
    and as her youth disappeared
    she was left with no life meaning
    so neighborhood watch she was dreaming
    silly dreams of being a hero
    for gratitude and adulation
    it all caused a miscalculation
    in her judgement and reason
    now she is no longer breathing
    and Toto is homeless