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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