Friday July 29, 2005

Dirty Harry? 

In a scene that might’ve come right out of Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” flick The Dead Pool, a distraught motorist called Berkeley police just after noon Tuesday to report that he’d just been threatened by a fellow armed with a harpoon gun. 

Berkeley police spokesperson Joe Okies said the call reporting the event from a gas station in the 2700 block of Seventh Street, which apparently occurred as part of a road rage incident. 

The motorist said the harpoon-brandisher was a male about 40 years old wearing a maroon shirt, maroon shorts and driving a maroon Pathfinder. 


Extreme Heist II 

In its second robbery in two weeks, workers at Extreme Pizza, at 2352 Shattuck Ave., were threatened by a man intent on making off with the dough. 

Unlike the last incident, where a gunman tapped the till, Sunday’s bandit professed to be packing a blade and made off not with the store receipts but with the employees’ own tip jar. 

Fortunately for the workers, Berkeley police arrived moments later, in time to arrest the 51-year-old bandit with goods in hand. 


Taggers busy 

Armed with felt pens and spray paint, taggers struck at least twice around the Berkeley area Monday evening. 

The first report came in a 7:13 p.m. after someone spotted the telltale paint on a piece of city property in the 2100 block of Wheeler Street. 

The next report—of ink marker tagging at Codornices Park—followed 37 minutes later. 


Bizarre brandishing 

A father called police shortly after noon Tuesday to report a terrifying experience that had happened a few minutes earlier in the 2900 block of 7th Street as he was walking his children to school. 

The man said a fellow in a four-door beige American car stopped for no reason, pulled a knife and charged after him and his children. 

Then, for an equally mysterious reason, the knife-wielder abandoned the chase and drove away. 


Beats, robs 

A bandit slugged a 15-year-old Berkeley youth in the head in the 1600 block of Channing Way just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and robbed him of his cash and an MP3 player, said Officer Okies.