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Press Contact: Byron White, Berkeley Police Department, (510) 981-5780

CASES OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, January 29, 2019) - Here are some cases that occurred over the past few days that may be of interest.

On January 15th at 9:55 pm, a woman was walking on Milvia Street between Channing Way and Durant Avenue using her cell phone when she was approached by three male suspects.  One of the suspects grabbed the woman’s cell phone from her hand and the group ran away.  Witnesses described the suspects as African American, 14-18 years old, 5’3” to 6’ tall—two of them wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and the third suspect wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.

BPD 19-02499

 

On January 17th at 1:25 pm, a woman was sitting inside (near the front door) Sack’s Coffee House (2701 College Avenue) working on her laptop when a male suspect walked inside, grabbed her laptop and ran away. The suspect ran away—westbound on Derby Street.  Witnesses described the suspect as African American, in his mid-20’s, about 5’10” tall and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and gray pants.

BPD 19-02768

 

On January 17th at about 5 pm, a woman was walking her dog in Live Oak Park using her cell phone when a suspect (unknown gender or race) approached her from behind, placed her in a “headlock,” and tried to take her phone.  Screaming for help, the suspect pushed the woman to the ground, wrestled the phone away from her, and ran away to a light colored vehicle.

BPD 19-02804

 

On January 18th at 9:56 pm, officers responded to a residence on 2000 block of Bancroft Way on a report of in-progress burglary.  Watching from a live video surveillance feed, the caller relayed information about the suspects to responding officers.  Just as the suspects were reversing out of the driveway, officers stopped the vehicle.  When officers searched the vehicle, they located several pieces of stolen property.  The suspects—Johnny James Wolchow (Male, 33 years old, Homeless) and Noelle Janine Knotts (Female, 37 years old, San Francisco, CA) were arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property.  Wolchow was also arrested for violation of parole and probation.

BPD 19-03059

 

On January 19th at 10:15 pm, officers responded to the Berkeley Way parking lot (2000 block of Berkeley Way) on a report of an intoxicated man who was punching people.  When officers arrived, they found a woman who had punched in the face several times while she was about to drive from the lot.  With the description that had been provided, officers located the suspect a block away.  The victim (age 65) was evaluated at the scene by medical personnel for bruising on her face.  An additional victim also reported that the suspect had kicked him in the thigh while he was walking on Berkeley Way earlier, but he declined to press charges.  The suspect (Jesse Karl Miller, 45 years old, San Ramon, CA) was arrested on suspicion of felony battery, elder abuse, possession of controlled substances, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.  Inside Berkeley jail, staff discovered a quantity of Psilocybin Mushrooms and Oxycodone on his person so he was also arrested on suspicion of bringing a controlled substance inside a jail.

19-03259

 

On January 21st at 9:05 pm, a woman was sitting in the outside seating area of Café Strada (2300 College Avenue) with her laptop when a male suspect walked to her table, grabbed her laptop, and ran away—westbound on Bancroft Way.  Witnesses described the suspect as unknown race male, about 5’10” tall, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and pants.

BPD 19-03580

 

On January 22nd at 5:37 pm, two male suspects entered Sack’s Coffee House (2701 College Avenue) and grabbed laptops from two people sitting near the front door.  The suspects ran away—westbound on Derby Street.  Witnesses described the suspects as African American, 18-20 years old and about 5’10” tall.

BPD 19-03756

 

On January 23rd between 12:30 am and 1 am, a man was on the 2300 block of Dana Street talking on his cell phone when two suspects ran up to him and tried to take his phone and bag.  Though the man was able to hold onto his phone, the suspects ran away with the man’s bag—containing his camera and laptop.  (No suspect description provided).

BPD 19-90199

 

On January 23rd at 1:28 am, a man was walking on the 2300 block of Fulton Street when he was approached by a male suspect who engaged him in a conversation.  Suddenly, the suspect pushed his hand out through his jacket pocket as if he had a weapon and demanded his property.  Fearing for his safety, the man relinquished his wallet and the suspect fled.  Witnesses described the suspect as African American, in his mid-20’s, about 5’11” tall, with a thin build, wearing a dark colored jacket and baseball cap.

BPD 19-03816

 

On January 23rd at 4:40 pm, a male suspect stole a laptop from a customer inside Starbucks (2128 Oxford Street) and ran away.  Though the customer left before officers could contact him, witnesses described the suspect as African American, 18-22 years old, 5’9” to 6’4” tall, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with baggy pants.

BPD 19-03925

 

On January 23rd at 6:05 pm, a resident returned to his apartment on the 2100 block of Channing Way and discovered that his lights were on and the security chain was latched from the inside. Thinking someone was inside his apartment, the resident called BPD.  When officers arrived and entered the apartment, they discovered a male suspect staying inside.  Further investigation revealed that the suspect had also burglarized other apartments as well.  The suspect (Marquis Okoronkwo, 23 years old, Homeless) was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and violation of probation.

BPD 19-03946

 

On January 24th at 1:21 pm, a man was talking on his cell phone in an alcove on the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue when suspect approached him from behind, slapped his face, grabbed the cell phone from his hands and ran away.  Witnesses described the suspect as African American, possibly a juvenile, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

BPD 19-04089

 

On January 25th at 8:14 pm, a woman was walking on the 1100 block of Hearst Avenue when she was approached by a male suspect holding a handgun.  The suspect demanded her property, but the suspect allowed her to leave after she pleaded with him.  Based on the description given of the suspect, officers located him the following day near the intersection of University Avenue and 7th Street.  The suspect (Jamelle Malik Flippin, 32 years old, Clayton, CA) was arrested on suspicion of robbery and other theft related charges.

BPD 19-04357/19-04560

 

On January 25th at 11 pm, a woman was walking on College Avenue approaching Bancroft Way with a few friends when a male suspect ran up from behind her and grabbed her phone from her hands.  The suspect then ran away—eastbound on Bancroft Way.  Witnesses described the suspect as African American, in his mid-20’s, about 5’8” tall, wearing layered clothing and a dark beanie cap.

BPD 19-04378

On January 26th at 2:23 am, officers responded to the area of King and 62nd Street after receiving reports of gunfire in the area.  Officers located bullet casings on the 1600 block of 62nd Street, but did not locate any injured people.

BPD 19-04409

On January 26th at 3:42 am, an officer spotted a vehicle driving recklessly in the area of Sacramento and Ashby Avenue.  The officer was eventually able to stop the vehicle on the 2800 block of Acton Street, where he discovered that the driver was intoxicated and had a suspended license.  When the officer searched the vehicle, he discovered a loaded handgun with an illegal high capacity magazine.  Further investigation of the handgun revealed that it had previously been reported as stolen to San Mateo PD.  The driver (Ryan Julian Romero, Male, 28 years old, Berkeley, CA) was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, driving on suspended license, driving under the influence, possession of loaded concealed firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and evading the police.

BPD 19-04420

 

On January 26th at 4:31 pm, a resident was inside his home on the 2600 block of Sacramento Street when he was startled by the sound of something thrown at his front door. When the resident went to investigate, he saw that there was a package at his door.  Seeing the postal carrier now across the street, the resident walked over and asked the postal carrier not to throw his packages.  The postal carrier responded by cursing and threatening the resident, who ran back to his home and called 911.  While inside his home calling 911, the postal carrier entered the residence and started recording him with his cell phone—threatening that he now knows who he is.  Officers located the postal carrier (Lamonte Travoy Earnest, Male, 44 years old, Berkeley, CA) a block away and arrested him on suspicion of making criminal threats as well as an outstanding arrest warrant for animal cruelty.

BPD 19-04511

 

On January 26th at 8:39 pm, three men were sitting on park benches near the M Dock at the marina when they were approached by two suspects with dogs.  One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and demanded their property.  After taking their bag and wallet, the suspects ran to a vehicle and drove off.  Witnesses described the suspects as Hispanic, 25-30 years old, 5’10” tall—one wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and the other wearing a red hooded sweatshirt.

BPD 19-04555

 

On January 26th at 9 pm, a man was seated near the front doors of Udupi Palace (1903 University Avenue) using his laptop when a male suspect walked over, grabbed the laptop from in front of him and ran out of the store.  Witnesses described the suspect as African American, 16-20 years old, about 5’8” tall, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

BPD 19-04561

 

On January 27th at 8:47 pm, officers responded to the area of San Pablo Park after receiving reports of gunfire in the area.  Officers located bullet casings at the park, but did not locate any injured people.

BPD 19-04741

On January 27th at 2:11 pm, a man was sitting at a table inside McDonald’s (1998 Shattuck Avenue) using his cell phone when a male suspect came up to him and tapped him on the shoulder.  Now having his attention, the suspect grabbed the man’s head and shook it back and forth.  The suspect then grabbed the man’s cell phone and ran away.  Witnesses described the suspect as African American, in his 20’s, 5’10” tall and wearing long pants.

BPD 19-04665

On January 28th at 7:30 pm, a woman was sitting at an outside table of Sweetgreen’s (1890 Shattuck Avenue) talking with a friend when a male suspect walked over, grabbed her backpack and ran away.  Witnesses described the suspect as African American, 6’ tall, with a thin build, wearing dark clothing.

BPD 19-04930

 

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