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CASES OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, December 17, 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

On December 8th at 1 am, an officer was driving southbound on Gayley Road (near University Drive on UC campus) when he was flagged down by a man walking near the center median.  When the officer stopped for the man, the man walked up to the driver’s side window—beginning a scary series of events.

After starting a conversation with the officer at the driver’s side window, the man asked the officer about his handgun and whether or not he could drive the police vehicle. When the officer told the man that he could not drive the vehicle and directed him to step away from the police vehicle, the man forcibly opened the driver’s side door.

Believing that the man was trying to take his police vehicle by force, the officer got out of the patrol vehicle and ordered the man to sit on the ground—while the officer waited for cover.

After a few moments, the man stood up, walked over to the officer and grabbed him.  The officer pushed the man away, but the man continued his attack—each time tightening his grasp.

When the officer called for emergency (code 3) cover and tried to put the man in handcuffs, the man tried to grab the officer’s holstered handgun.  When the officer’s body-worn camera fell to the ground during the struggle, the man picked up the camera (still recording)—eventually putting it in his pocket.

The man continued his attack—demanding that the officer give him his handgun.  At one point during the encounter, the man elbowed the officer in the head—knocking the officer off-balance.  That’s when the man got in the driver’s seat of the police vehicle (a police vehicle equipped with a shotgun).

Fortunately, the officer was able to get the man out of the police vehicle and was eventually restrained with the assistance of other officers.

The 19-year-old Berkeley man was arrested on suspicion of carjacking, threatening violence on a police officer, attempting to remove an officer’s weapon and battery on a police officer (BPD Case 19-69481).

On December 9th at 6 pm, a man had just been dropped-off on Dwight Way (near MLK Jr. Way) when he was approached by a group of male suspects.  One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and demanded his laptop bag. When two other men noticed the in-progress robbery, the group left.

When officers searched the area, they located the group of suspects in the area of Sacramento Street and Channing Way along with a BB gun discarded nearby.  The five suspects were consequently arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Arrested:

  • 18-year-old, Male, Oakland, CA
  • 17-year-old, male, Oakland, CA
  • 17-year-old, male, Oakland, CA
  • 15-year-old, male, Oakland, CA
  • 15-year-old, male, Oakland, CA

Case 2019-00069766

On December 9th at 9:36 pm, three teenage boys robbed a woman standing in her driveway on Prince Street (near MLK Jr Way).  The teens took the woman’s bags and ran away (one of the bags containing an electronic tablet).  Using the tablet’s tracking software, officers were able to locate the stolen device and one of the suspects a few blocks away.  The suspect (a 15-year-old Oakland male juvenile) was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Case 2019-00069787

On December 10th at about 1 pm, a man was walking from his vehicle in the Whole Foods (3000 Telegraph Avenue) parking lot when a suspect ran up to him and challenged him to a fight.  The man ran from the suspect and yelled for help, but no one would help him.  Running back to his vehicle, the suspect caught-up with the man and grabbed his head—forcefully pushing it against the side of the vehicle.  The man was able to get back in his car, drive away and call for help.

Witnesses described the suspect as a Black male, about 30-40 years old, about 6’ tall, with a thin build, wearing a plaid flannel gray and blue shirt and pants.

Case 2019-00069921

On December 10th at 8:15 pm, a woman was walking on Lincoln Street (near Short Street) when she was robbed of her purse by four teenage suspects.  Holding onto her purse, the woman was thrown to the ground during the struggle and the suspects ran away with her purse.

When officers searched the area, they located two of the teenage suspects (a 17-year-old girl and 14-year-old girl) inside the North Berkeley BART station and arrested them on suspicion of robbery.

Case 2019-00070008

On December 12th at 7:20 am, officers responded to McDonalds (1198 San Pablo Avenue) for a disturbance.  When officers arrived, they learned that a suspect had struck a female employee after the employee awoke the suspect inside the store.  When the suspect threatened to beat-up the employee, the employee walked away to call the police.  The suspect followed the employee and threw a cup of ice cubes at her before leaving.  Once outside, the suspect threw a rock at the window.  When the window did not break, the suspect re-entered the store, picked-up a 3’ long plastic sign on the floor and threw it at the employee while the employee was calling police.  Officers found the suspect (a 34-year-old San Pablo man) about a block away and arrested him on suspicion of Assault with a deadly weapon.

Case 2019-00070298

On December 12th at 3 pm, a woman was sitting inside Berkeley Espresso (1900 Shattuck Avenue) when a suspect grabbed her laptop and ran away.  Witnesses described the suspect as a Black male, 5’10” tall to 6’ tall, wearing a black sweatshirt, last seen driving away in a black sedan.

Case 2019-00070387

On December 12th at 6:38 pm, an officer spotted a stolen vehicle driving southbound on Fulton Street (approaching Durant Avenue).  When the driver of the stolen vehicle saw the patrol vehicle, she quickly pulled into a corner gas station and the officer followed.  Blocked from leaving through the gas station’s other exit by other vehicles, the driver of the stolen vehicle turned around and attempted to drive around the patrol vehicle (sideswiping the patrol vehicle).

The vehicle then sped away southbound on Fulton Street and then eastbound on Channing Way.  When the officer tried to stop the stolen vehicle with lights and siren, the driver continued to drive away.  Officers later caught up with the vehicle when it got stuck in traffic at Piedmont Avenue and Dwight Way.  The driver of the stolen vehicle tried to squeeze through the #1 and #2 lanes of traffic, but the vehicle ended-up colliding with four vehicles stopped for the signal light.

Immediately following the collision, the driver and front passenger of the stolen vehicle ran away on-foot.  Although the passenger was able to escape, officers were able to catch-up with the driver after a short foot chase.

The driver (a 30-year-old Oakland woman) was arrested on suspicion of embezzling/theft of a rental vehicle, willfully evading a police officer, fleeing a hit & run collision and resisting arrest.

Case 2019-00070422

On December 14th at 1:06 pm, a woman was sitting in her vehicle on Marina Boulevard (across from the Double Tree Hotel) when a suspect opened the unlocked rear hatch door of the vehicle and grabbed her backpack.  When the woman grabbed hold of her backpack, the suspect pulled the backpack (along with the woman) out of the vehicle—where she fell to the ground.

Witnesses described the suspect as a mixed race male, in his early 20’s, with a thin build, wearing a blue denim jacket, last seen driving away in gray car.

Case 2019-00070773

On December 14th at 7:35 pm, a woman was parking her vehicle on Hillegass Avenue (near Stuart Street) when a suspect approached her while she was still inside her vehicle.  With the door ajar, the suspect reached inside and grabbed her shoulder bag while pushing her away.  Holding onto the bag, the woman struggled with the suspect until being knocked to the ground from the struggle.

Witnesses described the suspect as a Black male, in his 20’s, about 6’ tall, with a thin build, wearing dark clothing, last seen leaving in a red older model sedan on Stuart Street.

Case 2019-00070847

On December 15th at 8:50 am, officers responded to Target (1414 University Avenue) for a man who just entered the store—covered in blood.  When officers arrived, the man explained that he had just been in an argument underneath the University Avenue overpass with some people he knew.  During the argument, he was hit repeatedly—possibly with a metal object until he left the underpass.  The man was transported to a local hospital with injuries to his head, back and forearm and has declined further police assistance.

Case 2019-00070916

On December 15th at about 12:40 pm, three teenage boys robbed a middle-school age boy of his cellphone in the area of Shattuck Avenue and Addison Street.  When a passerby confronted the teens, the teen with cellphone ended-up dropping the stolen cellphone.  When officers arrived, witnesses were able to lead officers to the three teenage suspects who were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Case 2019-00070944

On December 15th at 3 pm, a woman was walking on MLK Jr Way (near Virginia Street) when a suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks.  Witnesses described the suspect as a male, 5’3” or taller and last seen running eastbound on Virginia Street.

Case 2019-00070958

To regularly find out about the incidents happening in our community, visit www.CrimeMapping.com or the City of Berkeley’s Open Data Portal for Daily Calls for service.

 

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