License plate photo leads to arrest after robbery attempt

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Berkeley Police detectives were able to track down a parolee who police say tried to rob a woman at knife-point earlier this week after a witness took a photograph of the man’s license plate when he fled the scene, authorities said Friday.

Tuesday afternoon at 2, a woman was on Fifth Street south of Hearst Avenue loading items into her car, said Capt. Andrew Greenwood of the Berkeley Police Department.

A man with a knife came up to her and tried to rob her. She screamed and he ran to a parked vehicle and drove off.

A witness on the scene managed to snap a photograph of the man’s license plate and shared it with police, said Greenwood.

The next day, police tracked the license plate to Pinole, where they arrested 59-year-old Dwayne Jackson at 6 p.m.

Jackson was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and is scheduled for arraignment Friday afternoon. Bail was set at $100,000, but he is also being held for parole violation, which makes him ineligible for release on bail.

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  • Good work, citizen!

  • WuiceJeasel

    Warm and loving prayers for this frightened woman. Screaming worked.

  • curiousjorge

    this kind of case is why I have no problem with ramping up police surveillance. if you know someone’s watching you, and that they’re probably gonna catch you, you’re more likely to think twice before you pull a stunt like this.

  • southberkeleyres

    More cameras could help too. An Oakland duo who robbed and killed the family man who came from out of state to apply for a job at Google were caught with the help of a nearby camera.
    Ideally cameras are a deterrent, but if they catch a robber or murderer before he victimizes anyone else, that’s great.

  • southberkeleyres

    Yes, luckily the citizen was brave enough to pull out his smartphone and take a pic, which is enough to get you robbed in Berkeley.

  • John Holland

    Yeah, whoever you are, quick thinking!

  • Bill N

    I have no problem with surveillance in public spaces but I doubt it makes as much difference in deterring crime. Nothing says these guys are smart enough to even think about surveillance cameras. It would certainly help, as in this lucky situation, catch them though.

  • The_Sharkey

    I have to agree with that. Surveillance cameras are great for catching crooks after the fact, but most of them are too damn stupid to understand or even think about the possibility that they might be on camera when they do this crap.

  • bgal4

    Surveillance cameras placed on blocks used as open air drug markets and gang meet ups are an exception, 1800 Fairview is a good example. Huge change once the red lights cameras went up.

  • southberkeleyres

    Maybe Greg Daniels, Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Berkeley can access those same redlight cameras to link the profusion of littered alcohol containers to M and H Liquors, sponsors of poor nutrition and cell phone robberies near you! There actually is a way to prove M and H’s responsibility to the litter blight!

  • Truth Sayer

    At 59 years old, robing a woman with a knife, and parole violation? He forfeited his freedom; possibly for the life.

  • AlgorithmicAnalyst

    Write down or photograph the license plate numbers of criminals (if you can do so safely) and report them to the police, and the police can often catch the criminals.

  • guest

    “A man with a knife came up to her and tried to rob her. She screamed and he ran to a parked vehicle and drove off.”

    Almost 60 and from Pinole? Is there some kind of thug advertising campaign promoting Berkeley as the trendy place for muggings?

  • guest

    “Is there some kind of thug advertising campaign promoting Berkeley as the trendy place for muggings?”

    Word of mouth?