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BART Police arrest juvenile in robbery series

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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 »

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Alleged Berkeley Hills robber headed to court

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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 »

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2 men charged after back-to-back Berkeley robberies

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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 »

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Trio in South Berkeley robs teen of shoes

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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 »

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Berkeley woman sprayed by liquid, struck, robbed

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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 »

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3 teens arrested after Berkeley robbery, assault

Police arrested three teens at the downtown Berkeley BART station after a robbery and assault were reported Tuesday night. Photo: Mona Taleb-Agha
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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 »

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Police use gift cards, surveillance to track robber

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March 5 at 9:35 p.m., three men with a gun approached a woman on her way home in the 1500 block of Eighth Street and took her bag, police said.

Berkeley Police officers investigated, and found surveillance footage taken 20 minutes after the robbery showing a teenage girl at Target buying eight Visa gift cards with a credit card stolen during the robbery. Surveillance images also show a gold sedan in the parking lot. … Continue reading »

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Robberies rise, but serious crime down overall in 2013

Serious crime reports in Berkeley continue to show a downward trend for the most part. Click the graph to see the full report. Image: Berkeley Police
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Pedestrian robberies, home burglaries, aggravated assaults and vehicle thefts rose in 2013 over the prior year, though the overall number of serious crimes fell, according to new data from the Berkeley Police Department that will be reported to the Berkeley City Council later this month.

Most of the increases were small, with the exception of robbery reports, which rose from 334 in 2012 to 409 in 2013. Auto thefts rose from 639 to 668.

A significant drop in larceny reports, from 4,102 to 3,664, brought the number of overall serious crime reports down from 6,209 in 2012 to 5,890 last year. … Continue reading »

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Alleged Berkeley wedding ring robber arrested, charged

Over the past six months, there have been at least six reported robberies at Woolsey and Tremont streets in Berkeley, and six others in the immediate vicinity. Image: CrimeMapping.com
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Authorities have charged an Oakland man — reported to have taken a wedding ring off a man’s finger while holding a gun on him during a robbery in South Berkeley in mid-January — with three felony counts, according to court records.

Damien Scipio, 21, has been charged with second-degree robbery and grand theft, two counts, by the Alameda County district attorney’s office. (He also was identified in court papers as Damienantonio Nickalai Scipio.) Berkeley Police picked up Scipio at his West Oakland home on a warrant Jan. 23, which stemmed from their investigation into a robbery near the Ashby BART station the prior week.

In that case, the victim told Berkeleyside he had been walking home into North Oakland when three men robbed him near Woolsey and Tremont streets in South Berkeley shortly after 8 p.m. on Jan. 14. One man, later identified as Scipio, held a gun on him, while the other men held his arms and took his property. After taking his phone and his bag, the men walked away and told him to walk in the other direction. But then the man with the gun came back and took the victim’s wedding ring off his finger, at the urging of his accomplices. … Continue reading »

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Teen arrested after cell phone robbery in Berkeley

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Thursday evening, police tracked a teenage boy believed to have robbed a male victim of his cell phone to Strawberry Creek Park in West Berkeley, where they arrested him.

According to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats, the victim flagged down an officer in front of the Public Safety Building, on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, to report the cell phone robbery, which had taken place in Ohlone Park, at 1701 Hearst Ave.

The time of that incident and details about what happened were not available Friday. Berkeleyside has requested additional information.

Coats said via email that police learned that the person responsible for the robbery had gone to Strawberry Creek Park, several blocks southwest of Ohlone Park. Officers organized a team to respond to the park to find him. … Continue reading »

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Violent threats, man with knife reports scare neighbors

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Twice in just four days this month, Berkeley Police officers received reports of suspicious men in the Halcyon neighborhood in a small cul-de-sac near Ashby and Telegraph avenues.

In one of the incidents, a man was arrested after threatening to kill a woman who was returning home with her dog to the 3000 block of Halcyon Court. No one was arrested in the other case, which had happened several days prior, and police do not know whether the same man was involved in both incidents, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman. … Continue reading »

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South Berkeley robberies on the rise near Ashby BART

There have been at least 14 reported robberies around the Ashby BART station in the past 60 days, with several others also in the vicinity. At least seven of the robberies near the BART station involved firearms. Image: CrimeMapping
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Armed robbers have been targeting the South Berkeley neighborhood east of the Ashby BART station in recent months, with a spike in robbery reports since mid-November.

Over the past 60 days, there have been at least 28 robberies reported in the area between Adeline Street and Telegraph Avenue — between Ashby and Alcatraz avenues — in South Berkeley and North Oakland. (That number includes several reports just outside those borders.)

From mid-July to mid-September, there were six reports in that area, according to crime statistics posted online by local police agencies. During the next two months there were seven robberies reported in the vicinity. Most of those incidents, from both periods, took place in Berkeley. Then, from mid-November through mid-January, there were 15 reports, split nearly equally between Berkeley and Oakland. At least eight of those involved firearms. (One of those incidents happened Tuesday and does not yet appear as part of the available data set.)  … Continue reading »

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Judge says alleged Ashkenaz shooter must stand trial

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After nearly two days of witness testimony, the man arrested earlier this year in the shooting that sent two Ashkenaz employees to the hospital with serious injuries was ordered to face the nine felony charges brought against him by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

The preliminary hearing for Christopher James Washington of Rodeo took place Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland with Alameda County Superior Court Judge Richard Couzens presiding.

Authorities say Washington is one of two men who robbed Ashkenaz during a crowded 40th anniversary party March 15, shooting two long-time employees in the process. But witnesses for the prosecution said this week that the men began their criminal activities that night with a robbery and sexual assault in Oakland. A victim in that case tracked her stolen phone into Berkeley, where she said she spied Washington and his associate just before the Ashkenaz robbery, then again minutes later as they ran up Gilman Street pursued by a Berkeley Police cruiser. … Continue reading »

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