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Police Blotter

By Ali Winston
Wednesday March 18, 2009 - 06:23:00 PM

Second home invasion 

On Monday evening, Berkeley police responded to a home invasion on the 1900 block of Berkeley Way, between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Bonita Avenue.  

Around 8:30 a.m., two men wearing ski masks and black hats burst into the apartment. One of them, who was armed with a hand gun, pointed it at the two occupants and ordered them to the floor. The suspects made away with $9 in cash and a small amount of personal property.  

One suspect is described as a young white or Latino man, standing about 5 feet 6 inches, weighing 150 pounds, and wearing a ski mask. He was armed with a revolver.  

His accomplice was a young white or Latino man, standing about 5 feet 9 inches, weighing 200 pounds and wearing a black trenchcoat.  

The attack is unrelated to an earlier home invasion that took place on Feb. 24. In that instance, seven men and one women entered a home on the 600 block of Santa Barbara road, tortured a mother and her son, and fled with stolen property. Three suspects in the attack were arrested last week. Five more are still at large. 


Burglary interrupted 

A 30-year-old resident of Eola Street chased off two young women trying to break into her garage studio last Wednesday. Around 1:20 p.m., the woman returned home and found an 18-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl in the process of burglarizing her garage. The two girls fled and the 30-year-old gave chase. When she grabbed hold of one of the would-be-burglars, the other girl threatened her with a knife. The woman let go, and the two girls fled. No property was taken. 


Bike stolen, man attacked, thief arrested 

A 44-year-old man was attacked and robbed of his bicycle on Thursday evening, only for his assailant to be arrested a short time later. Around 8 p.m., the man was approached by Dwayne Evans, 25, on the 1800 block of University Avenue. Evans, an Oakland resident, punched the 44-year-old twice in the face, took his bicycle, and rode off. The victim called police, who arrested Evans at Addison Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.  


Attempted armed robbery 

On Sunday evening, Berkeley police arrested two young men involved in a suspicious armed robbery at California and Harmon streets. Martin Gamma, 23, and Christian Bonilla, 24, were arrested outside the home of a 21-year-old man, who accused Gamma and Bonilla of trying to rob him at gunpoint outside his home minutes earlier.  

When officers arrived on the scene, the two assailants were still outside the 21-year-old’s house. According to Officer Andrew Frankel, one suspect was taken into custody on the sidewalk, while his accomplice was detained in the side yard.  

A police investigation is ongoing.