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.
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.