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Friday March 02, 2001

Two men and a woman allegedly kidnapped a women at gun point as she waited for her husband to pick her up on University Avenue Saturday night, police said. 

The victim told police she was repeatedly raped and sexually abused by the two men over a 12-hour period as the car drove to different parts of the city, according to Berkeley Police Lt. Russell Lopes. 

After coming out of a late meeting, the woman called her husband in Oakland and arranged for him to pick her up at a bus stop near the intersection of University and McGee avenues, Lopes said.  

About 9 p.m. Saturday night the white Ford stopped in front of the victim and the driver began asking for directions, Lopes said. When the woman approached the car the driver produced a gun and demanded that she get into the car, he added. 

The victim reportedly told police she was released about 9 a.m. Sunday morning at another location in Berkeley and immediately called her husband. Her husband took her Kaiser Hospital in Oakland, where she was treated for razor blade cuts on her stomach and chest and released, Lopes said. 

Police describe the two men as “heavily tattooed” on their face and hands, Lopes said. They were said to be driving a white Ford four-door vehicle. 

Police have no suspects in custody, Lopes said. Anyone with information relevant to the case should call the Berkeley Police Sex Crimes Detail at 981-5735. 


A domestic dispute escalated to attempted murder Sunday morning as a woman allegedly chased down her common law husband and stabbed him twice in the back with a kitchen knife, police said. 

After a verbal argument about 8 a.m., a woman police identified as Theresa Ann Washington of who lives on the 1900 block of Fairview Street allegedly became enraged, grabbed a 3-inch kitchen knife and chased her husband through the house screaming “I’m going to kill you,” said Berkeley Police Lt. Russell Lopes.  

Washington finally cornered the man and stabbed him twice in the upper back, Lopes said. The district attorney charged Washington with attempted murder and she is in police custody awaiting trial, Lopes said. The victim was treated for his injuries and then released, Lopes said.