Police Briefs

Wednesday October 31, 2001

A gunman took over a College Avenue store Monday evening, robbing it and four individuals, according to Lt. Cynthia Harris of the Berkeley Police Department. 

Around 6:30 p.m., a man entered the Ovation Clothing store at 3206 College Ave. carrying a dark-colored handgun. He ordered one employee to usher another employee and two customers to the back of the store, then he took money from the cash register. Afterward, he went to the victims and ordered them to hand over their money.  

The suspect then ordered the victims into the store’s bathroom and told them to lock it from the inside, after which he fled the store. 

The suspect is a dark-complected African-American male, with a muscular build, in his late 20s to mid-30s, between 5-feet, 9 inches and 6-feet 1-inch in height and between 170 and 225 pounds. He was wearing a black cap, black pants, a black leather jacket and a mustache. 

Anyone who may have been a witness to this crime or may have any other information is asked to call the BPD Robbery Detail at 981-5742. 




A Kensington man was robbed on Solano Avenue Monday evening, according to Harris. 

The victim was walking near the corner of Ensenada Avenue at 6:35 p.m. when a man walked up behind him and told him to hand over his wallet. The suspect simulated a pointed handgun beneath his jacket. The victim handed over his wallet, cell phone, checkbook and shoulder bag, and the suspect fled. He was later reported in an off-white, late-’80s-early ‘90s truck or SUV. 

The suspect is described as a dark-complected African-American male between the ages of 40 and 45, 5-feet, 8 inches tall and around 150 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket and dark pants. 




A man was robbed Sunday evening after his car overheated on Telegraph Avenue, according to Harris. 

The victim, seeing that his car was smoking, pulled into the Andronico’s parking lot at 2655 Telegraph Ave. around 8:15 p.m. When he got out to take a look, he was approached by a man who pointed a long-barrel revolver at him. The suspect told the victim to take everything out of his pockets. The victim complied, and the man took his money and fled on foot. 

The suspect is described as an African-American male, around 18 years of age, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and around 180 pounds. He was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and an American flag bandana. After fleeing, the suspect was seen in the company of five other African-American males who were not involved in the robbery. 




Police were called to the Habitot Museum on Kittredge Street Sunday afternoon after a pre-teen child was seen with a toy gun, according to Harris. 

A group of children were asked to leave the museum after running around and creating a disturbance. Upon leaving, one of the people in the museum reported seeing a gun in a child’s hand. Police arrived, determined the weapon to be a toy and took no further action.  

– Hank Sims