Tuesday May 03, 2005

Pistol Whipper Bust 

Berkeley Police arrested a 39-year-old man on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm after he allegedly pistol-whipped another 39-year-old near the corner of Curtis Street and Bancroft Way shortly before 4:35 a.m. Thursday, said police spokesperson Officer Joe Okies. 


Rat Pack Robbers 

Police arrested seven juveniles early Thursday evening after a strongarm “rat pack” attack on a 21-year-old pedestrian near the corner of Derby Street and College Avenue. 

Officer Okies said the victim was attacked and robbed of his backpack, cell phone and camera—all of which were recovered by the arresting officers. 


Belated Report 

A 30-year old man called Berkeley police Friday morning to report that he been robbed around 9 p.m. the previous night while he was walking near the corner of Adeline Street and Alcatraz Avenue. 

He told officers a 20-something robber clad in dark clothing and a brown baseball cap had relieved him of his wallet and cell phone. 


Stick Vs. Fist 

Police responding to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon at King Middle School in the 1700 block of Rose Street quickly discovered that the dispute in question pitted two students against each other, one armed with his fists, the other with a lacrosse stick. 

The suspects were quickly identified, but no arrests were made, said Officer Okies. 


Another Strong-Arm 

An alert customer of Ashkenaz spotted a 20-year-old strongarm robber attacking a 61-year-old man outside the popular San Pablo Avenue night spot Friday evening, and officers arrived in time to slap cuffs on the suspect and recover the victim’s cash. 


Gun-Toting Trio 

UC and Berkeley Police are seeking three suspects who robbed four pedestrians near the corner of Regent and Parker streets shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday. 

The trio was last seen southbound on Regent inside a dark-colored vehicle. One of them may have been wearing a navy Cal sweatshirt. 


Strongarm Snatch 

A strong-arm robber in his twenties approached a 47-year-old woman in the 2000 block of Woolsey Street about 10:30 Saturday night and forced her to surrender her purse. He was last seen fleeing southbound on Tremont Street, said Officer Okies. 


Car Knifed 

Police arrested a 19-year-old man at 1:35 a.m. Sunday on charges of brandishing a deadly weapon and making threats of grievous bodily harm and damage to property following a bizarre event in the 2300 block of Durant Avenue. 

“In the course of the attack, the suspect damaged the car with his knife,” said Officer Okies. Fortunately the fleshy object of his wrath escaped without injury. 


Gabitup Heist  

A middle-aged man wearing a Kangol cap robbed the Gabitup Wireless store at 3320 Adeline St. Sunday morning, making off with cash and personal belongings. 


Ski-Masked Robbers 

Two bandits wearing ski masks and packing heat robbed a young couple near the corner of Seventh and Addison streets early Saturday evening, making off with a pair of shoes, a jacket and other personal items. 

The victims, a 21-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, were otherwise unharmed, said Officer Okies.›