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Police Briefs

– Hank Sims
Monday November 05, 2001

Two UC students were robbed by a group of armed criminals as they walked down Telegraph Avenue early Oct. 31, according to Lt. Cynthia Harris of the Berkeley Police Department. 

The victims were approaching the corner of Carleton Street at around 1:30 a.m. when they were approached by a suspect. The man allegedly pulled out a handgun and told the victims to stop and proceeded to search them. While he was doing so, two other individuals, one of them female, walked up and stripped one victim of his backpack, throwing it to the other.  

One suspect then told the victims to leave the area. The suspects then climbed into a dark-colored sedan which had pulled up to the corner and drove off. 

The suspect who carried the gun was described as an African-American man, 25 to 30 years old, weighing 180 to 190 pounds, wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and a goatee. The female suspect was African-American, in her 20s, 5-feet, 6 inches tall and of thin build... 



Two juvenile girls were the victims of a Halloween prank that police treated as a potential assault case, according to Harris. 

The girls were trick-or-treating in the Elmwood district some time in the evening when an individual at one of the homes they visited threw white powder on them and announced he had given them anthrax.  

When the girls returned home, their mother called 911. Both the BPD and the Berkeley Fire Department responded to the call. Police went to the home of the adult suspect, spoke to him and took no further action. 



A group of juveniles put one of their peers in a choke-hold and robbed him in Civic Center Park, according to Harris. 

The victim, a Berkeley High student, was sitting on a bench in the park around noon when another student approached him from behind and allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim’s throat, throttling him. An undetermined number of other students then came up and started to go through the victim’s pockets, making off with $20 and the victim’s cell phone, Harris said.  

The robbery took place shortly before the BHS lunch period. 



A man was assaulted and robbed by a group of juveniles on the night of Oct. 31, according to Harris. 

The victim was on Derby Street, near the corner of McGee Avenue, when four young men, at least one of whom was wearing a mask, walked up to them. The young men surrounded the victim and told him to give them his wallet. After the victim complied, one of the suspects hit him over the head with a blunt object. 

The victim sustained lacerations to the head, and was transported to Highland Hospital. The officer that responded to the call found a discarded tire iron near the site of the robbery.