Tag Archives: Berkeley robberies
Police are looking for two young men they say convinced a UC Berkeley student in his dorm room to make a call for them, then stole his phone while threatening to have a gun.
According to police, the robbery took place early Sunday, just before 12:20 a.m.
Police said the student was in his room at the Clark Kerr Campus of UC Berkeley, at 2601 Warring St., when he heard loud knocking on the door of his suite.
He opened the door and found two young strangers outside, the University of California Police Department wrote in a prepared statement. They asked the student to make a call for them on his phone. … Continue reading »
Police arrested an armed man in South Berkeley earlier this month who was wanted in connection with one robbery, and on probation for another.
On Sept. 14, Berkeley Police Officer Derek Radey was on patrol near 67th and Mabel streets, not far from San Pablo Avenue, when he happened upon a green Ford without license plates that was parked in the middle of the road, according to court papers.
Radey spoke with the driver, who identified himself as 28-year-old Keith Davis Jr. of Berkeley.
Davis had an active felony warrant for robbery and another warrant for domestic violence. He also was on probation for robbery, which allowed police to search him. … Continue reading »
Four men were arrested Saturday after two robberies near the UC Berkeley campus in the early morning hours, police said.
The University of California Police Department put out statements Tuesday about the incidents and arrests, which took place within the city of Berkeley’s jurisdiction.
Just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday, police said a 19-year-old woman was walking with friends near Bowditch Street and Bancroft Way when three young men approached.
They started “verbally harassing her and her friends,” police said in a prepared statement. “The group surrounded the victim, called her names, spit on and kicked her.” … Continue reading »
Fewer robberies, rapes and aggravated assaults led to a 44% drop in violent crime reports for serious offenses in Berkeley over the first half of the year, according to new data released by the Berkeley Police Department.
The mid-year crime report for January through June 2014 — scheduled to be presented to the Berkeley City Council later this month — shows decreases since last year in many of the crimes that tend to cause the most alarm.
It’s the first time the overall violent crime numbers have dropped since 2011. Robberies, especially, showed a steep decline. Property crimes, too, also fell, other than a 4% increase in vehicle thefts, according to the report. … Continue reading »
Police arrested four males from Berkeley and Richmond last week after linking them to a carjacking and robbery in May.
Authorities said the group lured a 20-year-old Rodeo man into Berkeley with an advertisement for a pair of sneakers.
Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said the victim met up with the group at 8:45 p.m. May 6 in the 1500 block of Harmon Street in South Berkeley.
Three males approached the Rodeo man while he was in his vehicle. One of them asked if he was there to buy shoes, Coats said.
They talked about the price of the shoes for a few minutes. When the Rodeo man went to get the money to pay for the shoes, the group tried to lure him down a driveway, Coats said. … Continue reading »
Two men attacked a 15-year-old boy and robbed him before being arrested by Berkeley police early Saturday morning, authorities said Tuesday.
The robbery took place shortly before 3 a.m. at Channing Way and Dana Street two blocks south of the UC Berkeley campus.
The teenager flagged down a Berkeley Police officer and said he had been walking with two male friends, ages 16 and 17, at Telegraph Avenue and Channing when two men approached them, the University of California Police Department said in a prepared statement. … Continue reading »
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 cell phone 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. … Continue reading »
Police have arrested a juvenile near the North Berkeley BART station in connection with three robberies at gunpoint that took place over eight days in June, authorities said in a statement Friday afternoon.
Police said each of the incidents took place at about the same time and location, with victims reporting a similar person responsible.
Thursday, after the most recent incident, BART reached out to the Berkeley Police Department to collaborate to find the culprit. … Continue reading »
A felon authorities say is responsible for the armed robbery of a 77-year-old woman in her North Berkeley Hills home in March is headed to court next week to face two felony charges.
According to the Alameda County district attorney’s office, Johnathan Troy Lee robbed the woman March 24. The 22-year-old is facing first-degree residential robbery and burglary charges.
According to the Berkeley Police Department, Lee and another male entered the woman’s house, in the 1100 block of Park Hills Road shortly after 2 p.m. They were able to get inside through the home’s front door, which was unlocked. … Continue reading »
Two alleged robbers have been charged and are headed to court after victims in two incidents earlier this month just south of the UC Berkeley campus identified them to police.
According to a statement released by the University of California Police Department, both robberies happened in the early morning hours of June 3.
The victim in one told police he was robbed outside the Durant Hotel, at Durant Avenue and Bowditch Street. The other victim flagged down an officer at 1:30 a.m. after he was robbed at Durant and College Avenue, one block east. … Continue reading »
A 16-year-old boy was hit, held down and robbed over the weekend of his hat and shoes, police said this week.
The teenager was walking just before 10 p.m. Saturday near Woolsey and Ellis streets when three males attacked him, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman.
The assailants, all three of whom appeared to be 16 to 17 years old, approached the victim, struck him several times and wrestled him to the ground, said Coats. … Continue reading »
A woman walking in South Berkeley near Malcolm X Elementary School on Saturday night was assaulted and robbed, police said Monday, after being sprayed with an unknown liquid.
The woman was walking at 9:45 p.m. near Prince and Ellis streets, not far from the Ashby BART station, when two people approached her, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, in response to a request from Berkeleyside.
The woman, a Berkeley resident, looked down momentarily and was “sprayed by a liquid,” which Coats said was “most likely pepper spray. ” … Continue reading »
Three teens with a gun assaulted and robbed a man in his 60s in downtown Berkeley on Tuesday night, but were arrested by police a short time later, authorities said Wednesday.
Tuesday just before 9:20 p.m., the man had been walking from his vehicle in the 1900 block of Addison Street, between Milvia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, when three males approached him and demanded his wallet, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman.
One of the males was holding what appeared to be a gun. Coats said he struck the victim, which knocked the man to the ground. The teens then went through the man’s pockets, stealing cash and his keys. … Continue reading »