Police Blotter

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday August 27, 2009 - 12:54:00 PM

Daylight snatch 

A daylight robbery on Durant Avenue near the corner of Bowditch Street Thursday, Aug. 20, ended in the arrest of a 29-year-old suspect. 

According to UC Berkeley Police Chief Mitchell J. Celaya III, a woman had been walking along Durant when the suspect, identified as Andre Billock Coleman, tried to grab her purse. 

When she resisted, a struggle ensued, with the robber fleeing on foot with the purse. The woman wasn’t injured in the fracas. 

A campus police officer spotted a suspect matching the victim’s description of him, and made the arrest in the 2300 block of Bancroft Way, and incarceration followed after the victim made a positive ID. 


Second heist 

That same day, at 8:20 p.m., a pair of robbers came up to a pedestrian walking along Regent Street near Russell Street and shoved him to the ground, where they punched him in the head while demanding his wallet. 

Once the man surrender-ed his billfold, the robbers fled, heading south on Regent toward Ashby Avenue. 

A search by city police failed to turn up any sign of the suspects. Their victim didn’t sustain any serious injuries.