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Friday June 24, 2005

Marina Brawl Busts 

Three women and a man, along with a juvenile, were arrested on charges of battery after a 2 a.m. brawl in a restaurant parking lot near the intersection of University Avenue and Seawall Drive in the Berkeley Marina last Thursday, said Berkeley Police spokesperson Officer Joe Okies. 


Tenacious V 

A tenacious 29-year-old would-be robbery victim resisted a group of teenage felons who landed a punch or two while trying to relieve him of his valuables near the corner of Delaware Street and San Pablo Avenue last Thursday afternoon. 


Booster Bust 

It turned out to be an extra bad day for the 40-year-old shoplifter who attempted a five-finger discount at the Urban Outfitters store on Bancroft Way last Friday morning. 

The prompt arrival of police and the ensuing records check revealed that the fellow had committed a similar offense within the last two years, automatically raising the seriousness of his offense. He was also nailed for providing a false name and for violation of his probation from the earlier crime. 


Gang of Three 

Police arrested three juveniles after the beating and robbery of another juvenile in the 2000 Block of Shattuck Avenue late Friday evening. 


Cell, Cash Taken 

A pair of bandits, at least one packing a pistol, took a cell phone and cash belonging to a 23-year-old man as he was walking near the tennis courts in Willard Park shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday. 

The robbers were last seen beating the pavement westbound on Derby Street, said Officer Okies. 


Dwelling Shot 

Police are seeking a man who stepped out of an SUV about 2:30 Saturday afternoon and blasted away with a handgun at a building in the 2300 block of Tenth Street. 

No one was injured in the attack. 

A witness described the suspect as a thinly built Hispanic man about 19 years old and 5’8” tall, wearing a red shirt and baggy pants. He was last seen fleeing northbound on California Street in a large silver SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Suburban, said Officer Okies. 


Costly Ticket 

A San Pablo Avenue traffic stop early Monday evening headed south for the driver when the citing officer discovered that the 38-year-old woman behind the wheel was in possession of stolen property, automatically earning her a second charge of probation violation. 


Costly Tools 

An alert caller warned police at 5 a.m. that a trio of folk lifting recyclables from sidewalk containers along Mendocino Avenue might be up to something more serious. 

Arriving on the scene, they found one of the trio, a 33-year-old man, in possession of both burglary tools and drug paraphernalia. 


Scary Threat 

A panicked call from a woman in a parked car summoned officers to the intersection of Lincoln and Chestnut streets, where they found a man with a roofer’s hatchet standing near the open window of her vehicle at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. 

After officers arrested the suspect, the woman said the man had approached her, striking her closed window with the weapon and demanding she shut off her engine, followed by a threat to smash the window and chop her if she didn’t open the window—which she did just as officers arrived. 

The man was booked on a charge of brandishing a deadly weapon. 


Punches Police 

A 27-year-old Berkeley man was arrested on two charges of battery on an officer of the law after he swung on Berkeley cops who had responded to a Wednesday noon call of a man brandishing a butcher’s knife. 

When officers arrived at the residence in the 1800 block of Fairview, the man came out of the dwelling and starting swinging his fists at the officers, inflicting injuries in the process. 

A records check yielded an additional charge of probation violation. 


Stabs Son 

Police arrested a 43-year-old Berkeley man after he allegedly stabbed his son in the back about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block of Sojourner Truth Way. 

The father fled and the victim’s son called police just after he was stabbed in the back. The father was arrested soon thereafter. 

Police booked the father on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and felony child abuse with great bodily injury. 

No further information was available on the state of the victim, said Officer Okies. 


Solo Heist 

A lone bandit slugged a 29-year-old man as he was walking along the 3100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, taking off with his cell phone, CD player and bicycle.o