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Homeless man arrested after daytime robbery, attempted rape of UC Berkeley student

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Police arrested a 51-year-old homeless man after the robbery and attempted rape of a UC Berkeley student Monday, authorities said.

The incident took place at 11:30 a.m., said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, when the female Cal student was walking near Arch and Virginia streets, not far from the northern border of campus.

Coats said the man, later identified as Wilfred Allen, “approached the victim from behind and pushed her off a public walkway into a secluded grassy area. The suspect pinned the victim on the ground and when the victim attempted to scream he covered her mouth and attempted to sexually assault her.”Continue reading »

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UCPD investigates abduction, sexual assault in Berkeley

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The victim told UCPD she was “abducted from Central Campus and driven to an unknown location where she was sexually assaulted.”

Police found the victim after she was released on the morning of Nov. 20, “and are conducting an investigation.”

Police said no suspect information was provided.

UCPD released the statement at about 1:10 p.m. Friday by email.  … Continue reading »

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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

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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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