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Students victims of armed robbery, assault on Grizzly Peak

A turn-out on Grizzly Peak Boulevard. Four students were victims of an attempted armed robbery and assault on Sunday Sept. 27, 2015. Photo: Google Streetview
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Four students were threatened with, and then assaulted with, a gun in an attempted robbery on Sunday at the Signpost 21 turnout on Grizzly Peak Boulevard in the Berkeley Hills.

UC Berkeley police reported that the four young men had pulled into the turnout in their car to look at the view at around 11:24 p.m Sunday night.

“They noticed three vehicles already parked at the turnout,” UCPD wrote in a release about the crime. “There were numerous people in each of the vehicles. One of the males in the group walked up to the victim’s car and pulled out a gun. The suspect struck two of the victims with the gun and demanded their property.” … Continue reading »

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UCPD arrests man in bathroom recording case

Joseph Barbir. Photo: UCPD
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The University of California Police Department has announced the arrest of a former Cal employee they say recorded more than 100 people, including two minors, in a restroom earlier this year.

UCPD detectives arrested Joseph Barbir, 49, on Thursday “after a lengthy and thorough investigation” that linked him to “more than two dozen counts of invasion of privacy with a covert camera. At least two of the victims were minors,” police said in a prepared statement.

On May 8, a “covert camera” was discovered in a restroom inside the Unit I residence hall central building at 2650 Durant Ave.

According to police, Barbir “used signs to redirect unsuspecting victims to that restroom in April and early May. It was determined that more than 100 persons were covertly recorded in the restroom.”

According to UCPD records posted online, police picked up Barbir in Castro Valley, where he lives, on a $145,000 misdemeanor warrant at 7:10 p.m. Thursday. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. … Continue reading »

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