Police arrest 5 in home-invasion robbery attempt

Police responded to a report of a home-invasion robbery on Saturday night. Image: Google maps
Police responded to a report of a home-invasion robbery on Saturday night. Image: Google maps

On Saturday night, Berkeley police arrested four men and one woman who tried to force their way into an inhabited bedroom on Allston Way in the downtown area, according to authorities.

Just before 10 p.m., police responded to a possible robbery in progress in an apartment in the 2100 block of Allston, near Shattuck.

Officer Jennifer Coats, police spokeswoman, said the group attempted to force its way into the bedroom of two males, then made threats and demanded the victims’ property. 

The victims were able to call 911 and Berkeley police responded to the home, said Coats, via email. The suspects fled without getting any property.


As they attempted to exit the building, police detained them.

During the officer’s subsequent investigation, police arrested all five people on suspicion of attempted robbery of an inhabited dwelling.

Police identified the members of the group as Jeremy Carter and Beatrice Lopez, both 28, of Berkeley; Amos Eaglebear, 22, of Berkeley; and Oakland residents Joshua Neal, 23, and Bernard Brown, 21.

Eaglebear also was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger; he is being held with a bail of $30,000. The other four are each in custody with a bail of $10,000. They are being held in the Berkeley Jail.

All five are scheduled for arraignment Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Department 112 of the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.


Coats said she could not release photographs of the defendants.

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