Police Blotter

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday June 06, 2006

Rape suspect arrested 

Police are asking the public’s help in locating any other victims of a man they’ve arrested for the April 11 rape of a woman in North Berkeley, reports Berkeley police spokesperson Officer Ed Galvan. 

Adamu Chan, 30, has been charged with assaulting a Berkeley woman he lured into his residence after they had shared coffee. 

The Alameda County District Attorney’s office has charged him with rape, false imprisonment, oral copulation and menacing. 

His victim, a Berkeley woman in her 30s, has only a limited grasp of English, Galvan said. She identified Chan as her attacker from a photo lineup, in which the unique tattoos that adorn both of his arms and his upper chest were clearly visible. 

Galvan said investigators are concerned that there may be other victims, also unfamiliar with the language and or who may be afraid or unable to contact police. 

Anyone who may have been a victim of the suspect or knows anyone who may be a victim is asked to contact the Berkeley Police Dept. Sex Crimes Unit at 981-5735. 


Middle school heist 

A gang of five juveniles robbed another Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School student of his cell phone last Tuesday afternoon at the school, his coach told Berkeley police. 


Belated robbery report 

After mulling the incident for three days, a 26-year-old Berkeley woman finally decided to call police about the man with the scruffy beard who had tried to rob her near the corner of Adeline and Russell streets on May 26. 

The man, professing to be holding a concealed handgun, demanded her valuables, and after she called his bluff, the fellow departed, apparently as empty-handed as before. 


Photograph of Adamu Chan