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Berkeley, California (Thursday, November 16, 2017) - 11162017 Near Campus Robberies

  Since November 9, 2017, Robbery Detectives have been investigating a series of five robberies where suspects have been targeting college aged pedestrians traveling alone near the University of California, Berkeley campus.  Four of the incidents took place north of the campus and one in the south campus area (see the attached map).   

Based on the geographic proximity of the crime scenes, victim descriptions, suspect descriptions, and the suspects' methods, Detectives believe these cases are related and is the work of a robbery crew. 

The following is a recap of our cases:





Modus Operandi

Suspect Description




Attempted Robbery

Suspects approached a lone victim, engaged him in conversation and then attacked him.  Suspects attempted to take the victim's backpack but he fought back.

Vehicle: None seen

SU1: Black male adult, 18-22, 5-10 to 5-11, thin build

SU2: Black male adult, 18-22, 5-10 to 5-11, thin build



2600 block of Regent


A lone victim was approached by 2 suspects and grabbed.  Following a short conversation the suspects took the victim's property


SU1: Black male adult, 18-22, 5-11 to 6-01, thin build

SU2: White or Hispanic male, 18-22, thin build, 5-11 to 6-02



2400 block of Le Conte Ave

Attempted Robbery

A lone victim was approached by two suspects.  They tried taking his phone and backpack.  He resisted and a fight ensued.  The robbery was interrupted by an approaching vehicle.


SU1: White male, 20-25, 5-10, thin

SU2:  White male, 20-25, 5-10, medium build



Hearst/Scenic Ave


A lone victim was approached by two suspects.  One suspect grabbed the victim and forcibly removed his backpack while the other threatened that he had a gun.


SU1: Hispanic male, 25-30, heavy build, black hair

SU2: Asian male, 25-30, 6-0, medium build




Attempted Robbery

A lone victim was walking on the 1700 block of Spruce when he was approached by the suspects.  One threatened he had a gun while the other tried to take his backpack.  The victim resisted and was battered by the suspects.  The crime was interrupted by passers-by yelling at them.


SU1: Hispanic male, 18-25, 5-08 to 5-10

SU2: Hispanic or black male, 18-25, 5-10 to 6-0

Community members are encouraged to follow these safety tips when walking at night:

  • Pay attention to your surroundings
  • Travel in groups whenever possible
  • Consider putting your smart phone in a pocket while in transit
  • If you must be on the phone, consider using one earphone/bud
  • Attempt to travel in well lighted, highly populated areas whenever possible

If you have any information regarding these cases, please contact the BPD Robbery Detail at (510) 981-5742.  For crimes in progress, call 9-1-1 or (510) 981-5911 from your cell phone.  


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