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Police Blotter

Hank Sims
Wednesday January 09, 2002

A man was held up by a gun-wielding robber as he was going to work Monday morning, according to Lt. Cynthia Harris of the Berkeley Police Department. 

The victim told police that he was walking down Tremont Street to the Ashby BART Station at around 7:45 a.m. when a man suddenly approached him and stuck a gun in his face. 

The victim said he pushed the gun away. The suspect again allegedly pointed the gun at the victim’s face. He then demanded the victim’s money. 

The victim told the suspect that the money was in his jacket, then reached into his jacket, grabbed the cash and handed it to his assailant. The suspect fled on foot. 

The suspect is described as a dark-complected African-American male in his 20s, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing about 180 pounds. He wore a blue, hooded sweatshirt and blue or gray baggy pants. 

The victim also described the suspect as “clean-shaven, polite and soft-spoken.” 



Another gunpoint robbery occurred Monday evening in roughly the same neighborhood, according to Harris. 

The victim told police he was walking down Russell Street east of Fulton Street when a man walked up and pointed a gun at him. The suspect demanded the victim’s money. 

The victim told the suspect that he was not carrying any money. The suspect told the victim to give whatever he had. The victim found $7 and gave it to the suspect. The suspect fled on foot. 

The suspect in this case is described as a light-complected African-American male in his early 20s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 175 pounds. He wore a dark jacket with a gray pullover underneath, and carried a gray semiautomatic handgun. 



A domestic dispute could have ended in the death of an allegedly wayward husband Monday, according to Lt. Harris. 

The husband said he received a phone call from his wife, from whom he had been separated, early Monday morning. Words were exchanged, and the husband thought it best to leave the house. On the street, near the corner of Bancroft Way and San Pablo Avenue, he ran into his wife, who had apparently called from nearby. 

An argument over the husband’s alleged involvement with another woman ensued. The victim told police that his wife pulled out a gun and fired at him three times. 

Harris said the reports of gunfire had not yet been confirmed by independent witnesses, though there were calls to 911 about the incident. Police are investigating the case.