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CASES OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, August 06, 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

Armed Robbery

On July 30th at 10:07 am, a 22-year-old Berkeley woman was walking in the area of Milvia Street and Bancroft Way when two suspects approached her from behind.  When the suspects grabbed the woman’s purse, the woman struggled to hold on to her purse.  The suspects were able to escape with the purse after they told the woman they had a gun.  Witnesses described one of the suspects as a Black male, 23-26 years old, 5’9” tall, wearing a dark blue hooded top and carrying a black handgun.  Witnesses described the other suspect as a Black male, 23-26 year old, 5’10” to 5’11” tall, wearing all dark clothing.

Case 2019-00041597

Suspect arrested for Child Abduction

On August 1st at 9:59 am, a parent was walking with his 3-year-old daughter down the steps towards the entrance to Children’s Museum (located on the southwest corner of Kittredge Street and Harold Way) when a female suspect walked up behind them.  Just as the parent and daughter were reaching the bottom of the staircase, the suspect picked-up the 3-year-old and started walking away from the parent.  The parent immediately told the suspect to stop and caught-up with the suspect after a few steps.  The parent was able to take his daughter back from the suspect without further incident.  The suspect (a 23-year-old San Francisco woman) was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a child under 14 years old as well as violating her probation.

Case 2019-00042066

Suspect arrested for Assault with Deadly Weapon

On August 1st at 10 am, a business owner went outside of his store on the 1700 block of University Avenue and discovered a man outside of the entrance.  When the man refused to move off the owner’s property, the owner began to move the man’s belongings away from the business.  The man responded by swinging his fists at the owner’s face.  Although the owner was able to block the punches, the man spat in the owner’s face and broke a glass display case with a metal rod.   Again using the metal rod, the man struck the owner—leaving a cut on the owner’s hand.  The suspect (a 22-year-old man, unknown address) was arrested on suspicion of Assault with a deadly weapon, battery and vandalism.

Case 2019-00042067

Attempted Robbery

On August 1st at 11:35 pm, a 33-year-old Berkeley man was walking on the 1700 block of University Avenue when a suspect approached him and demanded his money.  The suspect suddenly left the area after he saw police officers in the area (responding to a separate incident nearby).  Witnesses described the suspect as a Black male, in his early 20’s, about 5’7” tall, with dark bushy hair with twists, wearing a red sleeveless shirt and carrying a dark colored bag.

Case 2019-00042245

Suspect arrested for Assault with Deadly Weapon

On August 2nd at 7:18 am, officers responded to the area of Adeline Street and Alcatraz Avenue after receiving calls that there were two people fighting—one armed with a knife and the other armed with a metal pole.  On arrival, officers learned that the man with a metal pole was defending himself from the man with the knife after the man with the knife had tried to stab/slash several others in the area.  The suspect (a 56-year-old man, address unknown) was arrested on suspicion of Assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a knife, criminal threats and violation of probation.

Case 2019-00042273

Suspect arrested for negligently firing a gun

On August 4th at 3:29 am, officers responded to a residence on the 1100 block of Francisco Street after a man reported that he believed that another person had locked him out of his bedroom.  After a brief investigation, officers determined that a piece of furniture had actually fallen behind the door—preventing the door from opening.

About 30 minutes later, officer responded to the same address after receiving a report of gunfire from the apartment.  When officers arrived, they learned that the man had managed to get inside his apartment and then decided to shoot 1 bullet with his handgun.  Officers arrested the suspect (a 43-year-old Berkeley man) on suspicion of willfully discharging a firearm in a negligent manner and carrying a loaded firearm in public.

Case 2019-00042713

Suspect armed with handgun arrested

On August 4th at 10:30 pm, officers responded to a Collegiate Greek System residence on the 2300 block of Piedmont Avenue after receiving calls that there was a man with a gun there.  According to the callers, the suspect had attempted to break into another nearby Collegiate Greek System residence and had also been pointing his gun at passing vehicles.  When officers arrived, officers confronted the armed suspect on the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Channing Way.  Officers gave commands for the suspect to stop and keep his hands up, but the suspect ignored the officer’s commands.  Fortunately, officers were able to quickly close the distance to the suspect—where they managed to tackle him before anyone could get hurt.

In addition to the suspect’s loaded handgun, officers also found additional ammunition in the suspect’s vehicle that was parked nearby.  The suspect (a 22-year-old San Pablo man) was arrested on suspicion of home invasion robbery, carrying a loaded handgun and carrying a concealed handgun.

Case 2019-00042848

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