Police Blotter

By Ali Winston
Thursday April 23, 2009 - 07:04:00 PM

Man shatters window, arrested 

A homeless man was arrested on Wednesday evening after shattering the window of a University Avenue restaurant. Charles Shapiro, 51, vandalized the storefront window of the Ramen House shortly before midnight, using a white ceramic mug to break through the glass. He was detained by a citizen until Berkeley police arrived on the scene. Shapiro is charged with vandalism, being drunk in public, and a probation violation. 


Car burglar arrested 

On Wednesday evening Berkeley police arrested a 23-year-old Albany man for a suspected auto burglary. Around 5:14 a.m., police received a report on an auto burglary in progress in the 900 block of Shattuck Avenue. Officers detained Yared Tsegaye, an Albany resident, and recovered a cellphone reported stolen by the owner of the burglarized car. Tsegaye was arrested and charged with petty theft. He was already on probation for a prior theft arrest.  


Held up at gunpoint 

A man and woman were robbed at gunpoint on Cedar Avenue and Oxford Street Thursday evening. Around 11:30 p.m., two young men wearing dark clothing, one of them wielding a semiautomatic handgun, approached the couple. The man handed over his wallet to the armed suspect. His companion was punched in the face by the second suspect, knocking her to the ground. The assailants fled westbound on Cedar 


Drive-by robbery 

A man was robbed on Wednesday night by a crew driving around in a light-colored Toyota Camry. The man was walking alone on the 2400 block of California Street near Channing Way when he noticed a four-door sedan tailing him. The car passed him, parked and a young man wearing dark clothing jumped out. The young man ran towards the pedestrian, chasing him into the middle of the street. The robber grabbed the man’s right arm and ripped off his backpack. An accomplice, who was described as standing 5’6”, of thin build and wearing a light T-shirt, got out of the car but hopped back in as the first attacker ran back with the bag. The late 1980s model Camry, either a silver or white color, drove off in an unknown direction. 


Attempted sexual assault 

At approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the 1100 block of Hearst Avenue, a woman awoke to find a burlgar standing over her, demanding that she perform a sex act. The suspect—a 5’8’’ African-American in his early to mid-20s, of medium to athletic build‚ wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt—had entered the apartment through an unlocked window and fled when the woman screamed.