Trio on hunt for drugs robbed at gunpoint in People’s Park

People’s Park: several reported crimes this month, including an armed robbery. Photo: djwudi/Creative Commons.

Three men were robbed at gunpoint in People’s Park in Berkeley on Thursday Aug. 30 at 8:30 pm after going to the park with the intention of buying drugs. The suspect has not been apprehended.

According to UC Berkeley police, three adult men went to People’s Park with the intent to buy drugs from a drug dealer. They approached the suspect and asked if he sold drugs. The suspect pulled out a handgun from his waist and demanded wallets from the victims. The victims handed over their wallets and then ran away. The victims were not injured during the encounter. Three hours later, the victims reported the crime to UCPD. UCPD checked the area and were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 36 years old, 6’ tall, approximately 180 pounds, and armed with a silver pistol.

There have been a couple of reported crimes in People’s Park this month, including a case of arson in a men’s bathroom on Aug. 4, and a hate incident on Aug. 12.

For more recent crime in Berkeley, read our latest Police Blotter, published earlier today.

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  • guest000

    “The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 36 years old, 6’ tall, approximately 18 pounds…”

    Hard to understand how three adult men couldn’t take this guy down.  His gun probably weighed as much as he did.

  • phhht

     My God!  That was Slim!

  • bgal4

    Shut the park down, this has been going on for years.

  • The Sharkey

    How many armed robberies have we had in Berkeley in the last week?
    The Chron ran a story saying there had been at least 4 Craigslist-related armed robberies in Berkeley recently.

  • Anonymous

    …and three more Cal freshmen have been disabused of the romantic view of People’s Park that they moved here with.

  • guest

    You’re living in a dream world and in the real one, you have never had a gun pointed at you.

  • guest000

     Nope.  Just pointing out an amusing typo in the story.

  • Nonny

    Is this a story from the Onion?

  • EarlyMorningCoffee

    My heart goes out to the victims and their families. It’s a sad day for Berkeley when simple law-breaking citizens can’t go at night to People’s Park to buy drugs, but get robbed at gun point instead. I am weeping.

  • Guestomatic

    Parents, don’t send your kids to college without a medical marijuana card.

  • I’m with you on this one…what is this? Our police priority of the day is trying to track down some guy that ripped off a bunch of folks buying illegal drugs??  Was it an off day for the “chief’s son’s missing cellphone” task force?

  • Agent000

    For the record, UCPD and BPD are different and unrelated agencies.

    I do think that UCPD, as a consolation prize for ‘being unable to locate the suspect,’ should have arrested the victims for attempting to buy drugs or for wasting police time.

    “They approached the suspect and asked if he sold drugs.” 

    Or just for being idiots.

  • SarahS

    I read 180 pounds. Did BS (Oh dear, this is an unfortunate acronym for a news source!) correct its error or are you been hanging out in People’s Park?

  • Agent000

    The words between the quotation marks were copied from the story.  See also phhht’s reference to the perp as ‘Slim.’

    And no, I don’t go there.

  • serkes

    Or being Darwinian