Tuesday December 07, 2004

Felon Bites Cop 

When police arrived at a residence in the 2100 block of Allston Way in response to a complaint of domestic abuse, one officer got more than he bargained for. 

Their arrival was sparked by an out-of-state call from the partner of the 22-year-old man who reported being abused by the suspect, said Berkeley Police spokesperson Officer Joe Okies. 

On arrival, the combative suspect sunk his teeth into one of the officers, adding a felony charge of assaulting a police officer to the charge of domestic abuse. 


Brick Assault Report 

A 61-year-old Berkeley man told police Thursday that he’d been struck in the head by a brick on Ashby Avenue near the intersection of San Pablo Avenue on the afternoon of Oct. 24. He was unable to offer a description of his assailants. 


Prostitution Sting 

Police arrested five women in a South and West Berkeley prostitution sting last Thursday. 


Rat Pack Robbers 

Officers arrested three suspects ages 23, 25 and 28 in two downtown Berkeley robberies early Friday morning. Another, younger, suspect remains at large. 

In the first incident, the quartet accosted a 29-year-old man on Shattuck Avenue near the Kittredge Street intersection about 1:52 a.m. and knocked him down and proceeded to kick him as they robbed him of his watch and jacket. 

In the second incident 20 minutes later, the quartet braced a 20-year-old woman near the corner of Shattuck and Allston Way and tried to grab her purse, succeeding after a brief tug of war. 

Officers conducting a search of the nearby area eventually nabbed the trio, who are facing charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. The latter charge stems from the kicking attack, said Officer Okies. 


Steals on Wheels 

A man in his late teens to early 20s flashed a pistol at 50-year-old woman just as she extracted her cash from an autoteller machine just outside the Wells Fargo Bank in the 1000 block of University Avenue. 

The bandit escaped with the cash via bicycle. 


Stop Leads to Bust 

When police questioned a 20-year-old spotted near the corner of Channing Way and Atherton Street at 1:06 a.m., they quickly discovered three things: He was carrying stolen property and burglary tools, and was thus in clear violation of his probation from an earlier offense. 

He was escorted to new quarters, where he will have ample time to ponder his fate.›