Fingerprints help police arrest 3 in Senior Avenue assault

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Fingerprints from the scene of a burglary helped Berkeley police track down suspects

Berkeley Police detectives have arrested three West Sacramento residents in connection with an interrupted burglary in the Berkeley hills in December during which thieves ran over a local resident.

Authorities announced the arrests Tuesday night at a special session before the City Council related to the Berkeley Police Department’s 2012 crime report. They provided additional detail Wednesday in a written statement.

According to the statement, a man walking his dog on Dec. 11 returned home to the 300 block of Senior Avenue around 3:15 p.m.

He “saw an unfamiliar car parked in the driveway of his house, occupied by a female sitting in the driver seat. At the same time, the resident heard noises coming from inside his house.”

The man went to check on the noises, and saw two males coming outside. He then ran toward the car that was parked in the driveway to stop it from leaving, said police. He was “knocked to the ground,” and the driver then ran over the man’s leg, causing minor injuries. The thieves fled north out of the area.

When police arrived, they found that the man’s house had been burglarized, and several items had been taken. They “initiated a felony assault and burglary investigation and processed the scene for evidence.”

Authorities said a crime technician at the scene recovered fingerprints from the burglary. Police sent the prints to the state’s crime lab, which matched the prints to two people already in the system. Police said they used that information to determine the identity of the third person involved in the crime, as well as the suspects’ location.

Police obtained arrest and search warrants, and served them on Jan. 31 in West Sacramento. During the operation, they arrested Monique Robinson, 22; Jesus Salas Campos, 19; and a juvenile.

Authorities said they also recovered evidence in the homes of the suspects “that linked them to this case.”

Police said the district attorney’s office “filed various charges on all three suspects,” but did not include the specific charges in their statement. The two adults did not appear to be in custody as of Feb. 6, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department inmate locator website.

Police said they do not plan to release photographs of the individuals arrested in West Sacramento.

Related:
Police arrest parolee linked to north Berkeley burglaries [01.11.13]
32 robberies in recent 30-day stretch in Berkeley [12.28.12]
Berkeley hills neighbors anxious after recent robberies [12.21.12]
Berkeley man injured after interrupting home burglary [12.12.12]
Armed robberies in Berkeley used Craigslist fraud [08.20.12]

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  • serkes

    Kudos to Berkeley’s hard working and effective Police & Fire Departments.

    And thanks to Berkeleyside’s Crimeside Fireside chats for letting us know what the police and fire fighters have been doing on our behalf.

    Ira

  • PragmaticProgressive

    Emilie, thank you for all of your hard work in bringing these stories to light. Hiring you was a very smart move.

  • John Holland

    I am always amazed that the only thing that exceeds the depravity of criminals is their stupidity. Their family members must be so proud!

  • emraguso

    Well, thanks! I’m grateful every day — it’s an awesome team.