Breaking: Woman sustains serious injuries in robbery

Photo: Emilie Raguso

A least four Berkeley Police units, and members of the Berkeley Fire Department, responded to the 2100 block of Blake Street on Tuesday evening. Photo: Emilie Raguso

Berkeley Police officers responded to the 2100 block of Blake Street in downtown Berkeley on Tuesday evening for a report of a robbery that sent one woman to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said police are in the early stages of their investigation after being dispatched at about 5:08 p.m.

A woman was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, said Coats, adding via email that an officer “is with her checking on her welfare and attempting to ascertain further information regarding the incident.”

Officers were still at the scene as of about 6 p.m. “canvassing for evidence and witnesses to the incident,” said Coats. Berkeleyside will update this post as more information becomes available.

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  • bgal4

    Was she pistol whipped?

  • guest

    … by a BMA wearing a hoodie while she was talking on her iPhone.

  • emraguso

    It seemed like it could have been a home-invasion robbery (there were cops in a residence apparently investigating) but we’ll know more on Wednesday, hopefully.

  • Name

    Berkeley = North Oakland

  • Grammatical pet peeve : It’s either “at” or “about.” Something cannot be “at about.”

  • Tizzielish

    I am sure berkeleyside is deploying its limited reporter resources as effectively as it can. but I eagerly await more news of this story. Of course, if the cops aren’t talking, the cops aren’t talking.

    Violent home invasions in downtown Berkeley is scary, isn’t it? It seems criminals have discovered prime pickings in Berkeley or something.

    I eagerly await more news on this particular story. Just like last week’s home invasion in an aparatment, this story is very close to where I live.

    Geez, I have always thought being in an apartment building, a big one, kinda protected me from home invasion but the Gaia building is even bigger than mine.

    Folks don’t let anyone into your building unless they are visiting you. Letting in friendly, polite strangers is wrong. You have no idea who they are. If anyone is legitimately visiting a resident in any building, they should be admitted by the person they are visiting. Period.

  • The_Sharkey

    Got a source for that information, guest?

  • The_Sharkey

    To add to this, don’t let people into your residence even if they claim to be working for an agency like PG&E. There have been multiple cases of crooks in the Bay Area impersonating utility workers to gain access to homes to case them out for robberies, or to check and see if anyone was home.

    Unless you’ve been called or written to directly by your utility and are expecting them, do not let anyone into your house or yard who claims to work for any agency without some kind of verifiable identification.

  • bgal4

    that’s raaacisssst!

  • bgal4

    Not sure where to put this message to John Holland, so I will post here;

    all the elements debated here on Bside, armed robbery at pot grow, police dogs corner suspect, SWAT team uses armored car to evacuate hostages.

    “The SWAT team, accompanied by a police dog, stormed the (grow operation) warehouse on Jennings Street near Wallace Avenue about 10 a.m. The suspect immediately surrendered after hearing the dog, telling officers he didn’t want to be bitten, police said.”

    Read more:

  • The_Sharkey

    Too bad BPD can’t have K9 units because of the concern trolls of Copwatch and the PRC.

  • grammar police

    why not, ‘about’ wears several hats .. adverb, preposition, adjective. ‘at’ is a one-trick pony.

  • bgal4

    really, this hostage situation was resolved because the armed dude was afraid of a dog bite, that speaks volumes to advantages of K9s

  • jth

    what’s a bma?

  • The_Sharkey
  • emraguso

    Interesting — I remember hearing this at the newspaper where I used to work… but I wasn’t sure if it was technically a grammatical error or just something people have strong preferences about.

  • Charles_Siegel

    According to the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms:

    At About:
    At approximately, as in We’ll start at about nine . This phrase, most often used with respect to time (as at about four o’clock ), is sometimes criticized for being redundant. Although one of the two words sometimes can be omitted without changing the meaning for example, About four o’clock is when most guests will arrive in other instances both are needed, as in This stock is now selling at about its original offering price . [Early 1800s]

    In this case, I guess you could have said:
    “after being dispatched about 5:08 p.m.”

    But I don’t see any problem with
    “after being dispatched at about 5:08 p.m.”
    Despite the extra word, I don’t think it it is a grammatical error, any more than
    “after being dispatched at approximately 5:08 p.m.”
    is a grammatical error.

  • jth

    Funny. So even posting online under a pseudonym, this person refuses to own up to his/her beliefs? That’s pathetic.

  • Charles_Siegel

    In fact, I think the word “at” is always unnecessary in expressions of time. You can say:
    “I’ll be there at 5 o’clock.”
    “I’ll be there 5 o’clock.”

    It seems the critics are wrong to say that “at about” is redundant when you state the time, since the word “at” is unnecessary whether or not you have the word “about.”

    I don’t think anyone would claim it is incorrect to include the unnecessary word “at” in “I’ll be there at 5 o’clock.”

  • mary

    It doesn’t say that. If you don’t have anything worhtwhile to say, why not stay out of it?

  • bgal4

    Educated guesses count for something, especially when the PC police control the information.

  • franhaselsteiner

    And then got 10 likes.

  • emraguso

    BPD said no additional info was available today but may be available on Thursday morning.

  • Jesse Townley

    I hope the woman recovers quickly and completely, and that the police catch the people responsible for this awful crime.

    P.S.- It’s been awhile since I’ve read the comments here. I’m kind of shocked at how close a lot of these come to the hateful trolling that happens over at sfgate.

    If reading this short news item means that you jump immediately to racial profiling and impugning activists’ motives, at least have the courage to own your comments under your real name. Don’t be a coward that hides behind “guest” or some pseudonym. How else will you “take back your city” if you can’t let like-minded people know who to support?

  • Lingo lover

    I’m so glad not everyone speaks alike. “At about” has a ring. Weird concern under the circumstances…

  • I checked all over on line, and the police have not released any information. So unless you received inside information, which I doubt, then you are not telling the truth

  • emraguso

    I’m just taking a guess, but I assume “guest” was being facetious since that’s a common description in this area with robberies. That said, no new info has been released by police. I believe that was due in part to the funeral on Thursday, which many local police attended. The PIO is off until Monday so hopefully that’s when we’ll know more.