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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  • 4Eenie

    Good work, BPD!

  • Paul Scheurer

    Good, solid police work by the BPD.
    In Minneapolis, the criminals never
    would have been caught.

  • tenjen

    Arrests. GOOD.

  • cassandra

    San Ramon?? what the heck, rob your own dude.

  • berkeleyborn

    Does anyone have stats on how the total number and/or per capita armed robberies of students in the 5-7 block radius of UC Berkeley compares with other campuses around the state and nation? I’ve never seen anything like the number reported over the past few months. Used to be only “careful in the eucalyptus grove” in the evenings…..

  • Berkeley rez

    When crime in Oakland goes up, then Berkeley suffers an increase also.

  • EarlyMorningCoffee

    The BPD have been really busy lately.

  • EarlyMorningCoffee

    You never hear the phrase “Don’t ___t where you eat”?