Police Blotter

Tuesday February 03, 2004


Telegraph Avenue Robbery 

A gunman held up a vitamin store on the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue Friday afternoon, police said. He managed to escape on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash despite pursuit from both UC and Berkeley police. 


West Berkeley Robbery 

A man who police say robbed a West Berkeley art supply store at gunpoint Thursday morning didn’t get far, officers said. They first spotted Damien Stuart, 21, of Berkeley, just a block away from Amsterdam Art at the corner of Tenth Street and University Avenue and after a lengthy search found him hiding in bushes on the 1700 block of Ninth Street. Stuart was arrested on suspicion of robbery, evading an officer and committing a felony while out on bail. 


Kidnapping Suspect Nabbed 

Police last month arrested Antoine Hodges, 24, of Oakland in connection with the kidnapping and robbery of a 76-year-old Berkeley man who was punched repeatedly while being driven to the Oakland ATM Machine where he was forced to withdraw cash. Two other men are sought in the case. 

Police are investigating if Hodges might be connected to a robbery and sexual assault of a woman last November and the robbery of a 76-year-old woman two weeks ago, who was also driven to an ATM and made to withdraw cash.