Violent crime reports in Berkeley rose 23% over the first half of 2017, as compared to the prior year, according to public safety data just released by the FBI.
Several Berkeleyside readers asked for details after seeing FBI agents in North Berkeley early Friday morning.
Amer Al-Haggagi, 22, has been indicted on terrorism charges. His plans allegedly included setting multiple bombs around UC Berkeley. His family says he is innocent.
Violent crime rose 18% in Berkeley in 2016, while serious property crime fell 9%, according to an annual report set to be presented to the Berkeley City Council next week.
Crime is down in Berkeley this year, after it spiked in 2015 with the highest serious felony statistics since 2009.
Federal and local authorities launched a national campaign Wednesday to ask the public for help to find a man they believe is responsible for 12 homicides and 45 rapes in California, and more than 125 home burglaries, between 1976 and 1986.
Berkeley police are reporting significant increases in serious crimes including robberies, aggravated assaults and burglaries during the first half of 2015, compared to statistics from 2014.
FBI agents visited Star Grocery on Monday to investigate a broken window the government believes was smashed by animal rights activists.
Berkeley Police officers arrested a Santa Rosa man wanted on suspicion of attempted murder on Sunday Feb. 9. The arrest was made during a traffic stop at University Avenue and 10th Street, according to Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.
A Berkeleysider sent an email to us this morning: