Three arrested after robbery with gun near UC Berkeley

Authorities said three young men were arrested in Oakland after a robbery near the UC Berkeley campus early Thursday. Image source: Google Maps
Authorities said three men were arrested in Oakland after a robbery near the UC Berkeley campus Thursday. Image source: Google Maps

Update, 5:14 p.m. The Berkeley Police Department identified those arrested in connection with Thursday morning’s robbery as James Heater, 24, of Oakland; Stefon Simpkins, 21; and Bart Perrin, 22, of San Ramon. No city of residence was listed for Simpkins.

Original story, 4:25 p.m. Authorities arrested three young men they say are responsible for an early morning robbery with a gun near the University of California, Berkeley, campus on Thursday.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon by the University of California Police Department, police said a 19-year-old was walking near Warring Street and Channing Way just after 1:30 a.m. when two young men approached him.

One of them, who had a gun, demanded the victim’s backpack, cell phone and wallet, police said.


The victim turned over the items, and the robbers fled in a nearby car.

Authorities searched the area, and Berkeley Police officers ultimately stopped what they said was the suspects’ vehicle on Highway 13 in Oakland.

All three men — the 21- and 24-year-olds who police say approached the victim, along with their 22-year-old driver — were taken into custody. The victim was not injured during the encounter.

Their names were not available at the time of publication, but have been requested from police.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said additional information was not available as of 4:20 p.m. because detectives were out of the office.

Berkeleyside will update this post if more information does become available.

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