Police report 2 robberies with guns near UC campus

According to CrimeMapping.com, there were 13 reported robberies in Berkeley from March 20-27. Click the map for a list of locations and times

According to CrimeMapping.com, there were 13 reported robberies in Berkeley from March 20-26. On Thursday, police also released information on a more recent one, on March 27, which does not appear on the map. Click the map for a list of locations and times

Robbers with guns struck twice near campus this week, and the University of California Police Department released information on both incidents. Twelve other incidents have been reported in recent days; click the map above for details.

On Monday, at about 7:40 p.m., a 19-year-old man was walking near Warring Street and Dwight Way when two males approached him. One of them, who had a gun, demanded the victim’s property. The victim complied and the suspects fled in a dark blue minivan. Police looked for the suspects but were unable to find them. 

One of the suspects was described as a black male in his early 20s, and 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a dark green jacket and was armed with a gun. The other male was also described as black (no age listed), 6 feet 4 inches tall, with an athletic build and wearing dark clothing.

The second incident, which does not appear on the map above, took place Wednesday, March 27, just after 8 p.m. A 23-year-old man, identified as a UC Berkeley employee, was walking on Bancroft Way east of Fulton Street when three males, described as black 18-year-olds, approached him. One pulled out a handgun, threatened the victim and demanded his property. Police said the victim complied and the trio fled south on Fulton, then headed east on Channing Way. Police were unable to find them.

Two of the males were described as 6 feet 1 inch tall with short black hair. One had an athletic build and was wearing a black baseball cap and a black jacket. The other had a “husky” build and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. No further description was available on the third robber.

According to CrimeMapping.com, there were 12 other robbery reports made in Berkeley from March 20-26, the most recent seven-day period available online. Four took place near campus, on March 20 at Shattuck Avenue near Bancroft; March 21 at Parker Street and College Avenue; March 22 at Fulton and Channing; and March 24 at College and Dwight. (CrimeMapping does not indicate whether or not firearms were involved.)

Seven incidents were reported in South Berkeley during that period, and one robbery was reported in West Berkeley. Click the map above for details.

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  • guest

    Epidemic of robberies by BMAs?

  • John Holland

    Southside is a honeypot of activity. Police typically respond really fast, but there are so many places to hide in that area.

  • guest

    Dang BMJ/BMA’s got a lot of hoodies and handguns.

  • guest

    Let’s get some police decoys going.

  • bingo

    great idea.

  • iicisco

    That’s why the investment in an Air unit does wonders! Especially when fitted with IR cameras. But I see Copwatch trying to shoot down the idea the second it hits the papers.

  • guest

    The censors are afoot. Mention the race of perps and your comments will get deleted.

  • guest

    Yep, I noticed.

    Two extremes of lameness: Blaming race, and refusing to discuss race.

    Of course it’s complicated, but class issues have everything to do with the problem, and in large part that requires the ability to talk about race and culture.

  • bah

    wtf are you talking about. Buying BPD a helicopter with infrared cameras? For a city of 17 square miles? And where would it launch, Oakland airport or the police station?

    no thanks, too many helicopters overhead already .. half-dozen protesters on a slow news night and KGO/KCBS are making a racket until 11pm or worse

  • bah

    Wouldn’t be hard, put some wimpy looking white or asian mark out on south-side with face pressed into an iphone. Then just wait for a gangsta rapper wannabee to bite.

  • iicisco

    A little hostile are we not?

  • Che Joubert

    The way the police handle crime in Berkeley is why it’s still a relatively low crime area. They’re extremely subtle and efficient. They know really overdone and strong police responses can rival crime as a social problem.

    That’s why I’m kind of suspicious when guests and others get on here and recommend military tactics. Such as ‘ilcisco’ recommending an ‘air unit.’ This for tiny little Berkeley, a university town trying to keep a low profile. Then, when the next blogger tries to enlighten him as to the negatives of this idea, using sound and sensible facts, he says ‘A little hostile are we not?’ Excuse me? Who’s hostile?

  • Doc

    If California changed the law, so cell phones which have become $400 mini computers in the pocket, were useless to thugs for resale, robbery would go way down.

  • Truth Sayer

    Some facts that everyone will agree with: Thugs will rob anybody, regardless of race or gender. Everyone want to know the individual names and photos of thugs, regardless of race, so that can be avoided. When a person is assaulted or robbed, the assailant, once caught in the act or convicted, should be identified by the police department. As, community sanctions have been proved as a deterrent. Failure to provide names and photos is an insult to the community.

  • Truth Sayer

    Here are a few facts you have not considered. Thugs will attack anyone who looks like a victim or easy prey, regardless of race, gender, or age. Second, putting a police officer in such a situation will only increase the probability of harm to the officer. Remember that the officer will have to wait to be robbed to effect an arrest. Plan B?

  • Truth Sayer

    Great ideal.

  • Doc

    Thanks! My understanding is Australia does just that. You phone in after the robbery and the cell is rendered useless, like a credit card. Its even possible to track the phone and sometimes catch the thug. So far American providers have no incentive to do this on their own, I’m not so cynical as to say they see a robbery as the event before a new sale, but they have no motivation. We need legislation. If California does it, the industry will follow.

  • guest

    People of all races live in poverty in the bay area but armed robbery suspects do not fit the same racial breakdown as the bay area at large. It is a culture problem not a race problem but unforunately that culture is more accepted by certain groups.

  • Name

    Not a full helicopter – an unmanned mini-chopper would be fine. A “drone” as they are called.

  • bgal4

    Berkeley’s rate of personal crime i.e. robbery, burglary and recently sexual assault, contradicts both of the above assertions. The rest of the comments about BPD operations suggest little direct knowledge about the organization strengths and weaknesses.

  • Doc

    Berkeley is overall an average crime area, were just surrounded to the north and south by higher crime areas. Gentrification is the major cause of our relative blessing. Fourty years ago we were also high crime. Berkeley police are probobly our best functioning government agency, but crime is generated and predicted by larger social forces than police.

  • Truth Sayer

    I vehemently disagree with you. Berkeley is a very high crime city. Please consider the high number of robberies, burglaries, home invasions, assaults, murders, sexual assaults, or just the deviant behavior observed on a daily basis in Berkeley. It appears that the level of unacceptable behavior is high, which give a false impression that crime is low. For example, in less than 6 months, I personally saw an angry person threaten a store clerk who was stopping him from stealing; aggressive begging by getting in front of people demanding money. two homeless people fighting in the street, and while dropping off a rental car, saw two young thugs running after grabbing a student’s iPhone. And, not too long ago, a man beaten to death with a flower pot down the street from me. Its time to fess up, as “tiny little Berkeley” has big time crime.

  • Truth Sayer

    You are right. The technology has been here for a long time. If they can stop service for failure to pay your phone bill, they can do this. It is easily done. Thanks again!

  • bgal4

    Easy prey? from my personal knowledge of robberies, the majority have little to do with the “prey” being easy, rather the perps travel in packs, multiple offenders overwhelming the victim or using a gun to intimidate. One time my son beat off three guys who had him by the neck and around his chest, grabbing him from behind on Shattuck Ave. Another son beat off three men nearly twice his age until they had him by the throat against a park car. People near by did not intervene, either out of fear or enablers.

    In Berkeley blaming the victim is just too easy, and usually not factual, because the community has not demanded good information. We get a narrative, politically correct,not factual.

    1. robberies by weapon
    2. robberies involving co-offending

  • Truth Sayer

    We can dance around the term “prey” all we want. But again, you agreed with me by providing examples. The thugs are the ones who determines who is the prey, not you and I. They hope and depend on people not getting involved, that is why day light robberies are on the rise. In your examples, you demonstrated what is true, most thighs are cowards who will prey on what they think are easy targets. Really glad you and your sons prevailed.

  • bgal4

    we do not agree completely, much is just happen stance, opportunity arises, timing, being in the same location.

    We did not prevail. The details of each incident demonstrates well the limits of solving crime based on politics of policing Berkeley.

    The issue of co-offending is very relevant, particularly if anyone is interested in addressing gang culture and the normalization of violence among youth.

  • Doc

    In the end we can agree crime is the city’s worst problem. Unlike police, most city agencies seem unaware that they are contributing to crime through their efforts against prosperity in the city. People’s Park is a vector for crime and the cause of high crime in South campus area. It is hardly the fault of the police that pre-crime policies have been adopted.

  • guest

    “Knockout game” — “polar bear hunting” — local media doesn’t want to aknowledge that this happens here.

  • Mbfarrel

    Albany? Dang! I thought they were doing something right.

  • PragmaticProgressive

    Yes. Why do Worthington, Arreguin, and Anderson espouse policies that are, at times, indistinguishable from an anti-prosperity agenda?

  • Doc

    Perhaps all are still hoping Berkeley will launch the revolution? You need a measure of misery for that.

  • bgal4

    Yeah, not PC to admit the knock out game, rat pack assaults happen. I I know many victims over the years with broken jaws, concussions, etc.

  • batard

    Black racism against whites and Asians is the elephant in the room. There is no productive conversation until we can acknowledge it’s prevalence and the role it plays in the incidents of crime and violence.

  • gist

    Agreed, but we spend so much time dancing around the language of PC that we can’t talk about the problem. If I say “blacks do xyz”, sensitive individuals will get their panties all bunched because of an inferred causal relationship .. of course racial genetics isn’t the issue, but to the extent that the term “blacks” is a also a cultural identifier, and a class predictor …

    And no, “african americans” isn’t the answer, in fact it just makes the lexicon problem worse.

  • iicisco

    If you’re going to accuse me of being a militant, you should start by at least spelling my UN correctly! A vehicle capable of searching a large area, such as a drone would be beneficial every time PD has to seal the block because a foot chase ensued with suspects outstanding. It theory it would reduce the number of cops needed on scene and time taken to search the area. Unless you prefer a string of armed officers pointing guns and going from house to house checking every yard.

    Moreover just because I raise the idea of an air unit does NOT automatically imply I’m looking to support the purchase of a flying egg. I was thiking something among the lines of a PD-100 PRS. I’m suspicious of you being a Copwatch loyalist who overacts every time a squad car whizzes by.

  • bgal4
  • guest

    You mean: “comment negatively about an entire race of people based on the actions of a few, and your comments will be deleted?”
    Well and good!

  • guest

    Here gist: I have an easy solution: how about “some blacks do xyz”?
    Or how about “thug/ gang culture encourages xyz.”
    Tell you what: some latinos and some whites and Chinese do xyz as well, so I’m not sure what the value of mentioning the race is. The culture, the economic status, hell, maybe even the religion, but the race? not sure how that determines anything.

  • Guest

    In the USA, “thug life” culture is most predominant in black communities.
    Sure, yes, all races have some element of organized crime and casual violence, but locally, when it comes to street crime, this is a majority-black cultural issue.

  • Biker 94703

    Why pass a law when you can demand this service from the provider directly?


    I’ll note however, that robberies existed before cellphones.

  • guest

    I’m still not sure how you feel that it is relevant to point out the color of skin involved, since this alone is not a determining factor. Education, economic status, even age or city of origin seem much more relevant.
    Can you explain how you think that involving race in the discussion will have a positive effect?

  • Erik

    If you have an iPhone download the find my iPhone app. With this you can track a stolen phone and if you desire lock it or erase its contents.