Police Blotter

Friday October 17, 2003

Senior Beaten, Kidnapped and Robbed 

A 76-year-old Berkeley man suffered no serious injuries after two armed men plucked him from a sidewalk, forced him at gunpoint into their car, beat him inside the car and then made him withdraw money from an Oakland ATM machine. According to police, the man was walking towards the corner of Shattuck Avenue and Parker Street at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when two men driving south on Shattuck pulled up next to him. The men, one carrying a gun and the other a knife, jumped out of the car, grabbed the pedestrian and threw him into the backseat, where they began to punch him in the head. Then they drove to a Bank of America near Lake Merritt, where they made him withdraw money. The robbers took the cash and fled in a late 80s or early 90s full-sized green sedan. The victim called a taxi to get home, suffering from a cut on his head that did not need medical attention. 


Security Guard Stabbed 

An Alta Bates Emergency Room patient stabbed the hospital security guard Tuesday night while she was waiting for a doctor. Police said the guard noticed the woman walking maniacally in and out of the bathroom. When he approached her, she plunged a pair of scissors into his left shoulder. The wounded guard managed to pin the woman against the wall until other emergency room workers could subdue her. She was taken to the psychiatric ward, while the guard stayed in the emergency room for stitches to close his wound. 


Armed Robbery 

A robber fired two shots at a store clerk and threatened to shoot the only customers—a woman and two-year old baby—before fleeing a convenience store on the 1400 block of Sixth Street with the cash from the register. Police said the gunman entered the store at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, showed the clerk his gun and demanded money. When the clerk said he couldn’t open the register, the gunman shot at him, but missed. He then grabbed a female customer who was clutching her two-year-old daughter and pointed the gun at them threatening to shoot both if the clerk didn’t hand over the money. The clerk complied, but after taking the money, the bandit fired another shot at the clerk, again missing, then ran outside. No one has been arrested.