Crime

Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Aug. 7-13

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.

This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted.

The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Aug. 7-13, there were reports to the Berkeley Police Department of 18 burglaries25 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles and seven stolen vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.comThree robberies14 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and two sexual assaults were reported. There was also one arrest after an attempted homicide. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included six burglaries and three vehicle thefts. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

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Thursday, Aug. 7

Police arrested three Oakland teenagers after the armed robbery of a Cal student at midnight in the 2600 block of Parker Street. Read more on Berkeleyside.

BART reported a warrant arrest at the downtown Berkeley BART station Aug. 7 at 12:19 a.m. A records check on someone who was detained on suspicion of disturbing patrons near the ticket machines revealed an outstanding no-bail arrest warrant out of Alameda County for violation of community supervision, police said. The subject was placed under arrest for the warrant. (This item first appeared last week in Berkeleyside’s crime blotter.)

Three home burglaries took place: at 5:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Shattuck Avenue; at 5:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Tomlee Drive; and at 10 p.m. in the 2500 block of Benvenue Avenue.

BART reported a bicycle theft at the North Berkeley BART station Aug. 7 at 6:27 p.m. The owner told police his gray 7-speed bike had been stolen while it was cable locked at the bike racks between 6:50 a.m. and 6:25 p.m. (This item first appeared in last week‘s Berkeleyside crime blotter.)

There were 18 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 21. Click the map for a list of calls.

There were 18 burglaries reported over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. The prior week there were 21. Click the map for a list of calls.

Friday, Aug. 8

A commercial burglary took place at 1:02 a.m. in the 1800 block of Fourth Street.

Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 8:30 a.m. at Fifth and Jones streets; at 9 a.m. in the 2500 block of Shattuck Avenue; and at 9 p.m. in the 2300 block of Oak Street.

A man reported he was robbed at gunpoint while at the taxi stand at Ashby BART on Aug. 8 at 12:16 p.m., according to the BART Police. The man was attempting to buy a laptop from two men for $600 when they demanded his money and took it at gunpoint. There were no reported injuries. The suspects fled toward Adeline Street and Ashby. (This item first appeared in Berkeleyside’s crime blotter last week.)

A felony assault or battery took place at 2:30 p.m. at Jones and Second streets.

Saturday, Aug. 9

Two commercial burglaries took place, at 12:02 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck and at 4 p.m. in the 600 block of Cedar Street.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 2 p.m. in the 2000 block of San Pablo Avenue.

Police responded to a call regarding a gun or other weapon at Adeline Street and Ashby Avenue at 10:35 p.m.

Cole Wright

Cole Chaquan Wright

BART police said 20-year-old Cole Chaquan Wright of Berkeley was responsible for a stabbing at the Bay Fair station in San Leandro. Police say he stabbed another male during an argument in the bus zone. The victim was treated at a local hospital and subsequently released, police said. According to a statement released by BART, a BART Police detective was at the station Aug. 14 alerting officers to be on the lookout for Wright when he himself spotted Wright. He was taken into custody without incident minutes later. He remains at Santa Rita Jail and is being held with a bail of $30,000. He was scheduled to have been arraigned Monday. Berkeleyside has requested additional information from BART and will update this post if it is provided.

There were 25 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 30 reported the prior week. There were also seven vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.

There were 25 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 30 reported the prior week. There were also seven vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.

Sunday, Aug. 10

Two vehicles were stolen, at 10 a.m. in the 1200 block of Ashby, and at 6:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Keeler Avenue.

Someone brandished a weapon at 3:47 p.m. in the 2000 block of Shattuck.

Two homes were burglarized, at 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of Channing Way, and at 7 p.m. in the 1600 block of Russell Street.

A misdemeanor sexual assault took place at 9:45 p.m. at Hearst and Shattuck avenues.

Monday, Aug. 11

Two homes were burglarized, at 7:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Derby Street, and at 9 a.m. in the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue.

A robbery took place at 10:45 a.m. in the 2500 block of Telegraph Avenue. According to a notice released by the University of California Police Department, a female (age unknown) was working on a laptop inside a business when a man shoved her from behind, grabbed the laptop and ran from the store. The victim and other customers chased the man, who dropped the laptop and ran to Dwight Way where he jumped into a white Econoline U-Haul van that was waiting for him, according to police. Police searched but could not find him. He was described as black, 25-30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds with a solid build. He was wearing a white shirt and dark pants. No description of the van’s driver was provided.

There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 2:35 p.m. at Harrison and Ninth streets, and at 9:48 p.m. in the 2300 block of San Pablo Avenue.

A gun or other weapon was reported at 4:34 p.m. in the 1600 block of Harrison Street.

A misdemeanor sexual assault was committed at 5:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of Seventh Street.

Someone stole a 15-speed men’s mountain bike from the north racks at the North Berkeley BART station between 2:30 and 11:05 p.m., according to BART Police. The victim had secured the bike with a cable lock.

Police arrested a Berkeley man in connection with the random stabbing of a young woman on a bus shortly before 11 p.m. Police credited a bystander with fighting off her assailant with a skateboard. Police arrested Eric Scott Palmer, 24, shortly before 11 p.m. Monday on suspicion of attempted homicide. The victim and Palmer’s father both spoke with Berkeleyside last week.

A 54-year-old man later identified as Keith Golson died after falling ill and passing out at Ashby BART just before 11:15 p.m. Read more on Berkeleyside.

A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from Aug. 7-13. (Please note: The days of the week are not shown chronologically.) Image: CrimeMapping.com

A breakdown of the most serious crimes reported by day of the week from Aug. 7-13. (Please note: The days of the week are not shown chronologically.) Image: CrimeMapping.com

Tuesday, Aug. 12

There was a felony assault or batter at 12:15 a.m. in the 2500 block of Durant Avenue.

Five homes were burglarized: at 7:40 a.m. in the 2500 block of Dana Street; at 5 p.m. in the 2100 block of Allston Way; at 6 p.m. in the 1900 block of Oxford Street; at 7:40 p.m. in the 600 block of Peralta Avenue; and at 10 p.m. in the 2400 block of Derby Street.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Two businesses were burgled, at 2:21 a.m. in the 2600 block of Ashby Avenue, and at 9:36 a.m. in the 2500 block of Shattuck Avenue.

Someone with a gun or other weapon was reported at 2:42 a.m. in the 1000 block of Alcatraz. Police arrested 20-year-old Deshawn Robertson on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm in public, carrying a concealed weapon and obstruction. He was scheduled to have been arraigned Aug. 14, and is no longer in custody, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. He is scheduled to enter a plea Aug. 20 at 9 a.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

A home burglary took place at 6 p.m. in the 2000 block of Stuart Street.

A vehicle was stolen at 10 p.m. in the 1500 block of Eighth Street.

Someone was robbed at 11:25 p.m. at Delaware and West streets.

Other recent incidents

Berkeley Police responded to the 1500 blocks of Alcatraz Avenue and Harmon Street, near Sacramento Street, on Aug. 14 after a report of a man with a gun. Read more on Berkeleyside.

A man facing arrest on Telegraph Avenue smashed out the rear window of a police cruiser with his head after first breaking the glass door of a nearby business, authorities said. According to police, 40-year-old Richard Warner of Oakland was reportedly inside a business in the 2400 block of Telegraph Avenue on Aug. 6 when he was asked to leave shortly before 10:40 a.m. Read more on Berkeleyside.

See the full list of Berkeley Police Department crime reports on CrimeMapping.com. See the list of calls to UC Police at Berkeley, which are also posted on CrimeMapping. See also Local Crime News’ regularly published list of arrests of Berkeley residents. Other sources of information on crime in Berkeley include the Police Department’s CrimeView Community and CrimeMapping.com. New reports may be added to CrimeMapping in an unpredictable manner, so numbers may increase slightly in the days after this report. This post does not reflect every call. See recent Berkeley crime blotters here.

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Breaking: Police activity in South Berkeley (08.14.14)
Man uses skateboard to interrupt stabbing on bus (08.13.14)
Man smashes windows during Telegraph Ave. arrest (08.13.14)
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  • Woolsey

    Same old cluster of crime south of campus. Suppose this is a combination of Peoples Park and the useful concentration of prey provided by UC Berkeley. You’d think UC would beef up their police force.

  • Time For Change

    You’d think Kriss Worthington would spearhead a campaign to reduce crime and host community workshops trying to bring BPD & UCPD together with the community to try to solve the problem.

  • Cal grad

    UC police ONLY have jurisdiction on UC properties. That includes People’s Park, but not the streets surrounding it!

  • Jonathan Morris

    That’s factually incorrect. I refer you to http://police.berkeley.edu/about_UCPD/jurisdiction.html, Section VII.2.

  • not so easy

    Many of these took place during daylight hours. The idea that simply turning on your porch light or increasing street lighting will protect you is a bit too simplistic.