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

CASES OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

Berkeley, California (Thursday, August 01, 2019) - Every month, there are 200-300 crimes (UCR Part 1 crimes) occurring in the City of Berkeley.  Below are some of those cases that have occurred over the past few days that involve weapons, violence or incidents that people have asked us about. 

Information about those arrested (juveniles excluded) can be found by visiting the City’s Open Data Portal using the associated case number: 

https://data.cityofberkeley.info/Public-Safety/Berkeley-PD-Log-Jail-Bookings/7ykt-c32j

Man arrested after a series of Sexual Batteries in Berkeley

Over the past few days, the Berkeley Police Department has investigated a series of sexual batteries that occurred in Berkeley.  In the five reported cases, the suspect approached the victims (five women in their 20’s to 30’s) on a bicycle and grabbed them by their buttocks.

Shortly after the sexual battery on July 28th, officers spotted the suspect riding his bicycle near Sacramento Street and Dwight Way.  After detaining the suspect and investigating him further, they arrested the suspect (a 24-year-old Berkeley man) on suspicion of sexual battery.

  • 7/14 (9:40 am)   a woman walking on the 1900 block of Channing Way
  • 7/25 (1:40 pm)  a woman walking near the intersection of Francisco Street and Milvia Street
  • 7/26 (1:40 pm)  a woman walking on the 1900 block of Hearst Avenue
  • 7/26 (5:45 pm)  a woman walking near the intersection of Hearst Avenue and Grant Street
  • 7/28 (5:45 pm)   a woman walking on the 2000 block of Blake Street

If you have any further information about these crimes, please contact the Berkeley Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit at (510) 981-5735.

Case 2019-00041246

Arrest for Assault with a Deadly Weapon

On July 22nd at about 8:40 am, officers responded to the Homeless Shelter (1601 2nd Street) on a report of fight between two people that involved a metal bar/stick.  When officers arrived, they learned that two had been involved in an argument when the suspect left briefly to later return with a metal bar.  The suspect swung the metal bar at the victim (a 26-year-old man)—striking the man’s back.

After speaking with several other witnesses, officers arrested the suspect (a 39-year-old female, address unknown) on suspicion of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Case 2019-00039895

Robbery

On July 22nd at 11:29 pm, a 20-year-old Berkeley man was walking in the area of Euclid Avenue and Virginia Street when a suspect approached him from behind.  The suspect grabbed the man by his shoulders and started pulling the man’s backpack from his shoulders.  After taking the backpack, the suspect ran to a nearby dark-colored vehicle and drove off.

Witnesses described the suspect as a Black male, 6’1” to 6’2” tall, with a thin build, wearing dark pants and a dark hooded top.

Case 2019-00040052

Sexual Assault arrest

On July 24th at 5 am, a man was asleep inside his tent in Downtown Shattuck corridor when a suspect entered his tent and sexually assaulted him.  After investigating the incident, officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect the following day.  The suspect (a 48-year-old female, address unknown) was arrested for oral copulation and violation of probation.

Case 2019-00040331

Assault with Deadly Weapon arrest

On July 25th at 3:30 am, officers responded to the area of Channing Way and Fourth Street for a disturbance between two neighbors.  The suspect entered her neighbor’s tent to tell her neighbor (a 51-year-old man/address unknown) to turn down the music.  When the man zipped up his tent with the suspect outside of it, the suspect cut the man’s hand with a razor.  Shortly thereafter, officers located the suspect (a 25-year-old female, address unknown) on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and violation of probation.

Case 2019-00040506

Laptop Robbery

On July 25th between 11 am and 11:30 am, a 24-year-old Berkeley man was seated inside Alchemy Café (1741 Alcatraz Avenue) working on his laptop.  While there, a suspect ran inside the café, grabbed the man’s laptop and ran out of the café.  The man chased after the suspect and confronted him near the intersection of King Street and 63rd Street.  The suspect refused to give the laptop back and punched the man’s face—leading to a struggle for the laptop.  During the struggle, the suspect knocked the man to the ground and again punched him.  The suspect then ran away.

Witnesses described the suspect as a Black male, 18-25 years old, 6’3” tall, with a skinny build, wearing a hooded top with sagging pants.

Case 2019-00040806

Attempted Laptop Robbery

On July 25th at 11:58 am, two suspects attempted to steal laptops from two customers inside Romeo’s Coffee (2499 Telegraph Avenue).  While the customers were seated at tables using their laptops, each suspect grabbed a laptop and tried to run out of the coffee shop.  While one of the suspects was able to escape, the other suspect was tackled by customers inside the coffee shop and held there until officers arrived.  Officers arrested the remaining suspect (a 15-year-old Richmond male).  Both stolen laptops were later recovered.

Case 2019-00040570

Robbery

On July 25th at 6:50 pm, two men were walking to their vehicle inside the Telegraph Channing Garage (2450 Durant Avenue).  While walking from the elevator to their vehicle, 5 male suspects approached the two men and began punching them.  When one of the men fell to the ground, the suspects began kicking him.  The suspects took a cell phone and wallet and ran away after others in the garage noticed the attack.

Witnesses described one of the suspects as a White male, about 27 years old, 5’10” tall, with a heavy build, blond hair, wearing a baseball cap and blue jeans.  Witnessed described another suspect as a White or Hispanic male, about 27 years old, 6’00” tall, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.  Witnesses described the remaining suspects as three White males, in their 20’s.

One of the victims (a 32-year-old Oakland man) was transported to the hospital with head injury.

Case 2019-00040609

Auto Burglar Arrested

On July 26th at 3:09 am, a caller reported seeing two suspects burglarizing a vehicle on the 2100 block of Addison Street.  When officers arrived, they found one of the suspects near the burglarized vehicle.  Though the second suspect was not located, the remaining suspect (a 31-year-old male, unknown address) was arrested for auto burglary, possession of stolen property and violation of probation.

Case 2019-00040714

Burglary Arrest

On July 27th at 4:19 am, officers responded to a burglar alarm at East Bay Vivarium (1827 Fifth Street).  On arrival, officers found a smashed window and an open door.  When officers searched the inside of the business, they found a suspect who was apparently trying to take reptiles.  The suspect (a 27-year-old male, address unknown) on suspicion of burglary.

Case 2019-00040946

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