3 teens charged after robbery via gun in Berkeley

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Police arrested three Oakland teenagers after the robbery of a Cal student at gunpoint south of People’s Park in Berkeley last week.

According to the University of California Police Department, the robbery took place Thursday, Aug. 7, in the 2600 block of Parker Street (near Hillegass Avenue) just after midnight.

According to a UCPD statement, the 20-year-old UC Berkeley student was walking in the area when two young men approached him.

One pointed a gun at the student, who turned over his cellphone and backpack, which held his laptop.

Berkeley Police responded to the area and stopped a vehicle whose passengers matched the description from the robbery.

Inside the car, police recovered a firearm and the student’s property.

The young men in the car, all of whom are 18, were identified as Jared Russ, Tyler Wolaridge and George Allochuku. All three were arrested in connection with the crime.

They were scheduled to have been arraigned, to hear the charges brought against them by the Alameda County district attorney’s office, Friday.

As of Monday, Wolaridge and Russ are no longer in custody; both were arrested on suspicion of robbery and carrying a loaded firearm in public. They have been released on bail.

Allochuku, who was arrested on suspicion of robbery only, remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

The trio were scheduled for an attorney and plea hearing Monday morning.

Robberies in Berkeley were down significantly during the first half of 2014, as compared to the prior year. According to, which collects data from the Berkeley Police Department and UCPD, there were about 110 robberies reported in Berkeley during the first six months of the year.

As of approximately this time last year, Berkeley Police said there had been 221 robberies in the city, up from 177 for the first half of 2012; that data does not include robberies within UCPD’s or BART’s jurisdiction.

The chart below provides a monthly breakdown for robberies reported to the Berkeley Police Department and UCPD; Berkeleyside has requested additional information from UCPD for the earlier part of the year, and will update the chart when that is provided.

Read more on Berkeleyside about crime statistics and robberies in Berkeley.

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2 men charged after back-to-back Berkeley robberies (06.17.14)
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Berkeley woman sprayed by liquid, struck, robbed (04.29.14)
3 teens arrested after Berkeley robbery, assault (04.23.14)

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  • guest

    Are they BUSD students?

  • guesty

    George Allochuku – FB page says he’s goes to Berkeley City College.
    Tyler Wolaridge – FB cover photo shows him wearing a t-shirt hat says “gangsta-ish”, and one pic of his smoking a blunt.

    Jared Russ – nothing significant on his FB page.

    All went to Oakland Senior High School.

  • More Guns, Less Crime

    Why the awkward “robbery via gun” rather than “armed robbery”?

  • Another3rdGenBerkeleyan

    They’ve got public facebook profiles. Looks like one went to Berkeley City College.

  • Breathless

    George Allochuku – FB page says he’s goes to Berkeley City College.

    Enrollment fraud!

  • berkeleyhigh1999

    and he’s holding multiple iPhones flaunting that he robbed them most likely

  • DisGuested

    “Teens”… nuff said.

  • Guest

    Wow, all three fit the stereotype of typical “thugs” to a tee.

    I guess sometimes you _can_ judge a book by its cover.

  • guest

    The political leanings of the editors, who believe that guns actually cause crime rather than simply being tools that can be used for good or bad.

  • bgal4

    Can we get an accurate accounting of crimes committed with a gun, juvenile and adult?

  • fran haselsteiner

    Thank you, BPD.

  • guest

    You are not making any sense.

  • guest

    No, not really. Can’t dismiss this as “teens being teens.” Holding people up at gunpoint isn’t harmless teen mischief that can be dismissed. If this is the standard to which you hold teens in our community, then you are part of the problem. We have to demand more of our teens. Jesus, at a minimum, let’s expect them not to threaten us with deadly weapons!

  • Trollside

    Thanks for trivializing a serious issue.

  • DisGuested

    I didn’t say they were teens. I said they were “teens”…

    Nuff said.

  • Guest

    The use of the words “teens” or “youths” by the Police or media outlets, without giving any other descriptive information about the suspects, is generally code for “African American.”

    Obviously this isn’t always the case, but Police and media outlets seem far more reticent to release suspect descriptions in group arrests when the suspects are African American teenagers.

  • guested

    He din’ do nuffin!

  • I am sorry, that is not true at all. Since police arrested the trio, there was no reason for them to release a description of the teens.

  • Guest

    The Chronicle does this all the time. Even when there are descriptions of at-large individuals available they frequently censor the race if the perps are AA youth.

  • DisGuested

    Anyone who has read the news for the past 15 years knows that this is totally true. Just as the awkward headline telegraphs Berkeleyside’s Davos-fuelled statist gun-grabbing agenda.

  • guest

    Theft of iPhones is termed “apple picking” and characterized as a positive redistribution of wealth by some of the more notorious local contrarians.

  • emraguso

    Apologies: That’s a common way police refer to it. I’m so used to hearing that, it didn’t strike me as problematic. I’m sure there’s a more elegant way to say it and I’ll watch out for it in the future.

  • emraguso

    Standard practice in news reporting is that race is included “for suspects sought by the police or missing person cases using police or other credible, detailed descriptions. Such descriptions apply for all races. The racial reference should be removed when the individual is apprehended or found,” as per AP Style, the main newspaper style guide. Credible, detailed descriptions ideally include much more than race — such as clothing, actual skin color, height, weight, etc. We include race when there is enough other description to make it relevant.

  • Rick Sears

    I feel for you guys, Frances. Comments on crime stories on B’side virtually always become a cesspool of anonymously posted racism. Predictably, none of the racists commenting on this article have the fortitude to stand behind their words.

    It’s really difficult to find useful insights in the comments section anymore. I’m not usually up for wading through a bunch of cowardly bigotry in search of the increasingly rare helpful tidbit. I’m really looking forward to when you guys give up on this failed experiment in allowing anonymous forum posts.

  • emraguso

    I understand your concerns. But even if we required users to register with Disqus, there would be no way to stop people from registering fake names and email addresses. I’ve seen some sites use Facebook comments to set a higher bar for user registration, but many of the sites I’ve seen try that have later gone back to Disqus due to very low participation. There may be a better system out there but I’m not aware of it. I don’t think there’s an inherent problem with anonymous or pseudonymous comments… but it’s definitely an imperfect system.

  • Dan McDunn

    Rick, since you’re so sensitive to racial issues, go hire a few of these guys, on the books, with a fully loaded payroll burden – workers comp, insurance, payroll taxes, supervision… And help get them off the streets and into a productive life. I have done this. Despite the fact that we all would like to believe that everyone is worth (and by worth, I mean they contribute more value to the bottom line than they cost to employ) the minimum wage, i have learned that is not the case. Want less crime, want a more productive population, want to give historically unemployable segments of society an opportunity to get on the ladder of success. Remove the state imposed barrier to entry to the workplace – the minimum wage. If you aren’t worth $3 an hour you’ll never be worth $10, $12 , $14…

  • Snidely

    It’s a different system with different norms of behavior. Under its own terms, it is quite perfect, but some of your less intelligent readers desperately want to apply other standards that don’t fit. Comments on a public Internet blog have more in common with skywriting than they do with an intimate chat with a neighbor, and yet the terminally daft persist in using the conditions of the latter as the measure of success.

    In addition, a subset of Berkeleyans have a chronic issue with people whose exercise of free speech entails the expression of ideas with which they disagree. It is so inconceivable to them that someone might have a different view, that they lash out with ad hominems like “racist” and with demands that identities be offered up.

  • guest

    You seem to have it backwards, Rick. The commenters aren’t being bigoted, they’re pointing out bigotry in the way the media reports on crime.

  • Doug F

    Silly kids–they must’ve thought they were still in Oakland, where armed robbers don’t get promptly caught.

  • Doug F

    They can’t have been priced out of the labor market when they were never in it. To be in it requires at least a minimal work ethic, civilized behavior, & enough basic literacy to fill out a job application & hit the right icon on a McDonald’s register. Thank you, Oakland parents & schools.

  • sam g

    I agree: Get rid of minimum wage laws and other pesky government regs, pay people $3 per hour and all our problems will go away! Dan you need to run for office!

  • djoelt1

    Just working the math here – $3 per hour is $6000 per year. Take out SS and Medicare and its about $425 per month. Let’s say you can share a room in an apartment for $200 per month – that’s $225 per month left over. You commute by bike. You maintain your own bike but you are still talking perhaps $10 per month for bike maintenance, tires, light, helmet, etc. If you are working in a physical job where your clothes and shoes can be ruined, you might need one pair of pants and shirt per month at $40 per set. So you have $175 per month to live on. Any human in our area is going to use $10 of electricity per month keeping their food cold and having a light bulb, and $10 per month for hot water and heat, and $10 per month for water service and sewer. So we are talking about $4.75 per day for food, clothing, incidentals of all kinds, etc.

    We need to accept favelas on publicly held land for this wage to work.

  • John Burris


    they just figured that if they went to Berkeley, they’d be bringing a little bit of Oakland with them


  • William Thecrank

    LOL. You can tell the guy who wrote this

    Wow, all three fit the stereotype of typical “thugs” to a tee.

    I guess sometimes you _can_ judge a book by its cover.

    was only interested in a constructive dialog about race-based policy and resource planning before he was so rudely dismissed.

  • Quentin Roebuck

    If anonymous posting were banned then how would you demonstrate that you really are named “Rick Sears”?

  • Victim

    Actually, most of the robberies in Berkeley go uncaught. Take a look:

    I’m looking at all robberies, not just armed robberies, because I doubt the police try less hard to catch non-armed robberies. For all robberies, the suspects either get caught right away or they escape forever, regardless of how hard the police searches.

  • guest

    The criminals know the stats better than the victims. When they rip off an iPhone or steal a purse the vast majority of the time they won’t get caught. Far better odds than Vegas.

  • guest

    We need to accept favelas on publicly held land for this wage to work.

    In case you hadn’t noticed we already have those in Berkeley.

  • Guest

    >someone posting as Guest
    >complaining about people posting as guest

  • Guest

    What part of that comment refers to race?