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Man sodomized while sleeping at People’s Park

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A man woke up Thursday in People’s Park in Berkeley to discover that he had been sodomized, authorities reported Friday morning.

The University of California Police Department received notification about the rape from Alta Bates Hospital, where the man had sought treatment.

The 30-year-old man told medical staff Thursday that the assault had happened sometime during the prior night while he was sleeping.

He said he woke up and discovered “indications” he had been raped. No further information was provided.  … Continue reading »

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Police: Man stomped 69-year-old who refused him $1

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A man charged in June with two felonies, battery with serious bodily injury and elder abuse, is set to return to court Thursday.

Siaosi Aleamotua, 22, was arrested by the Berkeley Police after he allegedly knocked down and attacked a 69-year-old man who refused to give him $1 in March.

According to court papers, the man had been walking on Durant Avenue near Dana Street, in the Southside neighborhood, on March 2 when Aleamotua asked him for $1. The man said he didn’t have any money and kept walking.

He was struck from behind and fell down next to a parked BMW.

“The suspect then kicked and stomped on the victim’s face,” according to court papers. “The victim sustained a broken nose in two places and other injuries to his face and neck.”  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 9-15

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for the list. See the map key here.
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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern and rely on our readers to help us stay informed.

From July 9-15, there were reports of nine robberies13 burglaries20 assaults or batteries, four weapon-involved calls and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 12 stolen vehicles13 disturbances and 38 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included one assault, four burglaries and a weapons call. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, July 9

There were four robberies: at 12:15 a.m. in the 2000 block of Ashby Avenue; at 9:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of Oxford Street; at 1:25 p.m. in the 1800 block of Ashby; and at 10:25 p.m. in the 1300 block of Peralta Avenue.

There were two commercial burglaries, at 3:46 a.m. in the 2500 block of Ninth Street, and at 10:15 p.m. in the 2200 block of Oxford. Police arrested a 47-year-old man in connection with the burglary on Oxford but charges do not appear to have been filed, and he is no longer in custody, according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

UCPD received two burglary reports. One incident took place at 216 Wellman Hall between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6:40 a.m. Thursday. The burglar smashed a door or window and made off with an Apple iMac desktop computer and monitor valued at $3,700. In the second incident, at Deutsch Hall, Unit 1, a thief stole $500 from three teenage girls, ages 15, 16 and 17. According to UCPD, the incident took place July 7 but was reported Thursday evening. The case remains under investigation.

Two vehicles were stolen, at 7:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Berkeley Way, and at 11 p.m. in the 1200 block of Berkeley Way.

There was a second-response call at 10 a.m. in the 2500 block of College Avenue.

There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 10:27 a.m. at University Avenue and Chestnut Street, and at 5:40 p.m. at Hearst Avenue and Grant Street. … Continue reading »

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Robber with ‘silver teeth’ evades Berkeley police

Police search Sacramento Street, near Dwight Way, for an armed robber who robbed a laundromat, in Berkeley, on Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo: David Yee
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Update, 2:10 p.m. Berkeley police have left the area around Sacramento Street after the search for an armed robber who struck a laundromat Monday morning turned up empty.

According to a 2:02 p.m. Nixle alert sent over email, “The roadways are now open and Berkeley Police are clearing the area. We would like to thank the community for the patience and understanding while we conducted the search.”

The robbery report came in at about 8:30 a.m. from the Wash and Shop laundromat, at 2450 Sacramento St., according to local residents. The robber reportedly used a gun and took cash from the business.

Police said they “arrived on scene and quickly established a perimeter. Members of our Special Response Team were utilized to conduct the search with the assistance of an Oakland Police Department K-9. The suspect was not located and the investigation into this matter continues.”  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 2-8

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for the list. See the map key here.
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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern and rely on our readers to help us stay informed.

From July 2-8, there were reports of five robberies12 burglarieseight assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 17 stolen vehicles14 disturbances and 28 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included two burglaries and a sex crime. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, July 2

Five vehicles were stolen: at 3:20 a.m. in the 900 block of Page Street; at 6:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of California Street; at 7 a.m. in the 800 block of Bolivar Drive; at 3:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Shattuck Avenue; and at 9 p.m. in the 1700 block of La Loma Avenue.

According to UCPD, a burglar broke into a locker at the Golden Bear Restaurant sometime before 10 a.m. and stole a diamond ring and two bottles of cologne. The items had a total estimated value of $1,090, according to UCPD. The incident is still under investigation.

There were two disturbance calls, at 12:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of University Avenue, and at 4:18 p.m. at Park Hills Road and Muir Way.

Police arrested Pierre Jolivette, 42, at 2:15 p.m. in connection with a Ramey warrant for robbery. (No additional information about the incident or arrest was readily available.) Jolivette remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail and was scheduled to enter a plea Thursday morning at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

There was a misdemeanor sexual assault at 2:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of University.

There was a robbery at 3:18 p.m. in the 2100 block of Oxford Street.

There was a commercial burglary at 11:03 p.m. in the 1200 block of San Pablo Avenue.  … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley police lay ‘bait’ for bike thieves on campus

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For over seven months, the UC Berkeley police have been surreptitiously planting bicycles equipped with tracking technology throughout campus in hopes of catching bike thieves.

The Bait Bike Program was kept confidential during the spring semester, but UCPD announced earlier this month that 31 arrests have been made since the initiative quietly went live in January. Reported bike thefts are down 45%, the department said in a press release.

“The word was starting to get out a little bit so we figured we would go ahead and let the community know we are trying to do something to impact the theft of bicycles,” said UCPD Lieutenant Marc DeCoulode. … Continue reading »

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Alleged Looking Glass Photo burglar caught on video

Police are looking for information on a burglar who stole items from Looking Glass Photo over the weekend. Photo: Looking Glass
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Police are looking for a man who took cameras and lenses from Looking Glass Photo in West Berkeley over the weekend, and the shop has released video footage of the alleged thief.

Jennifer Waicukauski, owner of Looking Glass, posted surveillance footage from the burglary on her Facebook page on Saturday.

“If anyone recognizes the person in this video please contact the Berkeley police department immediately,” she wrote. (The video appears below.) … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside blotter: Crime in Berkeley, June 25 to July 1

Selected calls to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. Scroll down for detailed maps. Click the map above for the list. See the map key here.
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This overview of recent crime in Berkeley is based on reports to the Berkeley Police unless otherwise noted. Please share photos, videos and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at crime@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; let us know if you prefer to be anonymous. Don’t assume someone else will alert us — we value your eyes and ears, and you may be the only one to get in touch. We very much want to know about issues of neighborhood concern and rely on our readers to help us stay informed.

From June 25 to July 1, there were reports of eight robberies14 burglaries21 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and no sexual assaults, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 22 stolen vehicles10 disturbances and 24 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. Significant incidents reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD) included a robbery, a burglary and the recovery of a stolen vehicle. These numbers are subject to change. Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed by the beginning of that time period.

Thursday, June 25

Police arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of robbery at 12:52 a.m. in connection with a robbery several hours earlier — Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. — in the 1500 block of Shattuck Avenue. The man is no longer in custody and charges do not appear to have been filed according to online records from the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

Five vehicles were stolen: at 4:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Keeler Avenue; at 9 a.m. in the 1800 block of Second Street; at 2 p.m. in the 1100 block of Spruce Street; at 6 p.m. in the 2400 block of Ward Street; and at 9:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of Arch Street.

There were two disturbance calls, at 8:05 a.m. in the 2200 block of Channing Way, and at 4:22 p.m. in the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue.

There was a home burglary at 10 a.m. in the 700 block of Cragmont Avenue.

UCPD arrested Andrew Martinezgil, 27, on suspicion of the strong-arm robbery of a cell phone at University Village in Albany at 10:22 a.m. He is no longer in custody, after posting a bond of $150,000, but is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Aug. 3, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

UCPD responded to a burglary in Dwinelle Hall on the UC Berkeley campus at 10:40 a.m. Someone stole four MacBook Pro laptops worth $3,600, and an Apple iPad valued at $400.

There was a robbery at 5:53 p.m. at Channing and Atherton Street.

There was a commercial burglary at 11 p.m. in the 1000 block of Ashby Avenue.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley woman pistol-whipped during attempted robbery

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A 58-year-old woman was threatened with a gun and then pistol-whipped in North Berkeley on July 10 during an attempted robbery, according to the Berkeley police.

The incident occurred on Friday July 10 at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Somerset Place near Southampton Street, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.

The victim, a resident of Berkeley, had just arrived in the area and parked her vehicle. As she was getting out of her car she was approached by two male suspects. One of the suspects, who was armed with a gun, demanded her property. The victim and suspect struggled as she tried to close her car door and the suspect struck the woman several times with the gun. The victim started to honk her horn and the suspect fled. … Continue reading »

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Man charged with human trafficking, drug sales, hammer assault after Berkeley car stop

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A Lafayette man police say strangled a woman and hit her with a hammer, then tried to force her into prostitution, has been charged with human trafficking after he was stopped by a Berkeley police officer in late June.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office has charged Michael Green, 41, with six felonies: human trafficking for commercial sex, attempted soliciting for a prostitute, assault with a deadly weapon (a hammer), resisting the efforts of an officer, drug possession for sale and transportation of drugs for sale.

Green remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $315,000 and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, July 14.

An officer stopped Green as he drove through Berkeley in a black Mercedes on June 26, in the area of San Pablo and University avenues, after he failed to obey a traffic signal at around 3:30 p.m., according to court papers.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police hope bike registry will deter thieves

Wet bicycles at a rack in Berkeley. Photo: Marc Zuo
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Many cyclists in Berkeley know the all-too-common pain of losing a bike to thieves. Far fewer have experienced the opposite: the rare joy of a reunion. The Berkeley Police Department wants to change that, with the help of an independent bike registry called Bike Index.

The police department’s struggle with unregistered bikes manifests itself in the large number of bikes sitting in its property room. Without a police report on file that includes a serial number, it’s next to impossible to connect a stolen bike to its owner.

Many owners don’t bother to record the serial number before a theft, so finding a bicycle again is unlikely, especially if the stolen bike has crossed city lines. As a result, recovered bikes pile up in BART and police storerooms to be eventually auctioned off, donated or repurposed.

Other times, the bikes aren’t recovered at all. According to Sgt. Spencer Fomby, the supervisor of the Berkeley Police Community Services Bureau, there are instances when police stop a suspect and can’t determine whether a bike is stolen because its serial number hasn’t been recorded in the system the department uses for reports of stolen goods.

If the department can’t find a record, officers have begun turning to Bike Index, an independent bicycle registry that anyone can search by serial number.

“Bike Index can fill the gaps,” Fomby said. … Continue reading »

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CHP arrests man with stolen truck after carpool violation

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Officers arrested a man in a stolen truck after he was spotted driving solo through a Berkeley carpool lane, authorities said.

Thursday at about 8:35 a.m., a California Highway Patrol officer on Interstate 80 near Gilman Street was on the lookout for carpool violators when he saw a man alone in a Ford pickup truck using the lane.

The officer tried to stop the driver, but he refused to pull over and the officer began to pursue him.

“The Ford exited the freeway then immediately re-entered the freeway, going eastbound in the westbound lanes,” said Officer Sean Wilkenfeld, Oakland CHP spokesman.

Due to the heavy traffic of the morning commute, the officer stopped following the driver for the safety of the public.

The CHP alerted the Berkeley and Albany police departments with a description of the suspect and vehicle. … Continue reading »

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Police investigate suspicious death of Berkeley woman

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The death of a Berkeley woman whose body was found floating in the water near a Richmond park last week is now believed to be suspicious, and police are investigating.

A park user at the Point Isabel Regional Shoreline found the body of Katherine Gravett at about 12:35 p.m. Thursday, July 2, said Carolyn Jones, East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman.

Gravett’s body was found in a rocky area of the water behind an East Bay Municipal Utility District treatment plant at the park.

The 30-year-old was identified Wednesday as a transient from Berkeley who was originally from Fremont.

An autopsy was performed Sunday by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office.

Jones said the coroner found no water in Gravett’s lungs. There was, however, trauma to her head and marks on her neck. … Continue reading »

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