Butter knife bandits
A pair of teenage bandits, one armed with a butter knife, robbed an Oakland youth at Thousand Oaks School shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, school officials told police the next day.
Chemical attack, salsa style
What’s listed on the Berkeley Police Department website as an aggravated Assault-Chemical wasn’t a case of WMD, but instead was your basic run-of-the-mill salsa attack.
Officer Galvan said the incident took place at Via Taqueria in the 2900 block of Russell Street just before 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, when an unknown assailant hurled the hot sauce in the eyes of a 23-year-old Alameda man who was dining at the eatery.
The saucy assailant fled in a silver compact car, possibly a Honda, while the victim was busy washing out his eyes. He declined medical aid.
Two robberies that occurred less than 15 minutes apart and within blocks of each other on Oct. 7 may have been perpetrated by the same team of bandits, said Officer Galvan.
The first unsuccessful heist occurred just before 11:40 p.m. in the 2200 block of Dwight Way, when a 30-year-old Berkeley man reported he was approached by a pair of men in their 20s who made an unsuccessful attempt to force him to part with his valuables.
The second try 18 minutes later and a block to the east proved successful when a pair of the same description, now accompanied by a third man, robbed a 23-year-old Los Angeles woman of her diamond earrings.
A 58-year-old San Pablo man told police Monday, Oct. 9, that he’d been robbed the night before on Shattuck Avenue near the corner of Prince Street. A fellow armed with a small-caliber pistol relieved him of his wallet, keys and check book, said Officer Galvan.
Police arrested a 27-year-old homeless man at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, after he allegedly kicked a Berkeley woman repeatedly in the 2300 block of Blake Street.
The suspect was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault.
A pair of young bandits, both wearing hoodies and one packing a silver-colored pistol, robbed an Albany man of his wallet near the corner of Los Angeles Street and The Alameda just after 9 p.m. Oct. 9.
Flee in SUV
A bandit with a pony tail and driving a Ford Explorer robbed a 22-year-old Berkeley man as he was walking along Milvia Street near Allston Way Monday, Oct. 9.
After the victim handed over a small amount of cash, the bandit sped off and was last seen heading south on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, said Officer Galvan.