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BPD investigating home invasion case

By Hank Sims, Daily Planet staff
Monday January 21, 2002

The Berkeley Police Department is actively investigating a home invasion robbery that sent a homeowner in the Claremont neighborhood to the hospital on Thursday, according to the BPD’s Lt. Cynthia Harris. 

Harris said that at about 1:15 p.m., a man entered the woman’s house via an unlocked door. He walked up to the stairs to the house’s second story, where the resident was in her bedroom. 

Once there, the suspect allegedly attacked the victim with a knife and demanded money from her. He also hit and kicked her several times in the head. 

The suspect then went downstairs and found the victim’s purse. He took from it an undisclosed amount of cash, and fled the house on foot. 

The victim was taken to Highland Hospital for treatment. 

The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 27 and 32. He is approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall and is of slight build. He has short, dark hair, and he was clean-shaven and wearing dark clothing at the time of the crime. 

The BPD is expected to release more information and a sketch of the suspect sometime today. In the meantime, anyone who may know something about the case is asked to call the BPD Robbery Detail at 981-5742.