Berkeley woman pistol-whipped during attempted robbery

Somerset Place map
A woman was pistol-whipped during an attempted robbery on Somerset Place at Southampton in North Berkeley on July 10, 2015. Image: Google Maps

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.

Nothing was taken during the attempted robbery.


The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was later transported to a local hospital by family for treatment.

Coats said no arrests have been made.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call the BPD Robbery Detail at 510-981-5742 or the non-emergency line at 510-981-5900. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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