Friday January 13, 2006

Armed with shotgun  

A bandit confronted a pedestrian walking along the 2000 block of Shattuck Avenue moments before noon Monday, then pointed a shotgun at her while demanding she hand over her money, reports Berkeley Police spokesperson Officer Steve Rego. 

The 33-year-old victim complied, and the thug departed. 


Attempted murder 

Gunshots echoed along the 1400 block of Russell struck about 40 minutes after midnight Tuesday morning after an encounter between a resident and what a neighbor described as a would-be burglar. 

Officer Rego said the incident began with a dispute between a woman and the suspect. 

A neighbor who asked not to be identified said the woman had heard noises outside and when she went out to check, found a man attempting to burglarize her home. 

The armed suspect followed the woman to the house, where another resident produced a firearm. The two exchanged shots, Rego said. 

The suspect fled on foot as officers arrived. More units arrived, sealing off the area and the Richmond Police canine unit was called in to aid in the search. 

The dog quickly located the man, who was taken into custody on suspicion of attempted murder, Rego said.