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 CrimeMapping.com, 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.

Related:
BART Police arrest juvenile in robbery series (06.30.14)
Alleged Berkeley Hills robber headed to court (06.19.14)
2 men charged after back-to-back Berkeley robberies (06.17.14)
Trio in South Berkeley robs teen of shoes (06.13.14)
Berkeley woman sprayed by liquid, struck, robbed (04.29.14)
3 teens arrested after Berkeley robbery, assault (04.23.14)

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