On April 7 at 9:10 p.m., a 50-year-old Berkeley man was walking home alone in the area of Woolsey and Claremont when three or four young men robbed him. An older light brown Sedan drove by him slowly, stopped and a man got out and walked towards him. Then, he said that the robbers rushed him, with one man grabbing him around his neck and the rest pushing him to the ground. They took a backpack with a laptop computer and a silver iPod. The men ran off westbound on Woolsey. The man suffered an injury to his left foot and had to limp home to call police. He was treated at a local ER.
On April 8 at 7:49 p.m., a 23-year-old El Cerrito man was walking east on Channing from MLK Jr. Way when two men robbed him. One had his hand in his jacket pocket and pointed it towards the man’s stomach as if there was a gun in the pocket. The El Cerrito man tried to walk away, but one of the perpetrators followed him and tried to take his wallet out of his back pocket. He ran, trying to get away from the men who were chasing him. As he ran, he called 911 on his cell phone and gave his location to police. Officers arrived as the suspects fled into the 1900 block of Channing Way and they caught one 20-year-old Oakland man, arrested him and charged him with robbery. The second man escaped.
On April 7, at 9:10 p.m., a 29-year-old Berkeley woman was walking southbound on Piedmont near Stuart when two men stole her purse, which contained an Italian passport, credit cards, two cell phones, and some cash. She said she noticed two male suspects in their late teens approaching her. One man walked up to her and grabbed her purse, which she was carrying on her right shoulder. The other suspect stood and watched. The man pushed her to the ground and pulled her purse away, causing the strap to break. Both men walked south and got into a dark car.