Berkeley Police Still on Lookout for Elmwood Robbery, Shooting Suspects

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Monday December 07, 2009 - 08:07:00 AM

Berkeley police are still looking for two suspects involved in a robbery and shooting in the Elmwood district more than a week ago. 

According to Berkeley Police Department Lieutenant Andrew Greenwood, an unidentified suspect attempted to rob a 62-year-old male pedestrian in the 2700 block of Russell Street at 6:19 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29. 

The suspect shot the victim once, striking him in the lower torso, Greenwood said. The suspect then fled from the scene, and was “possibly driven away from the area in a late model silver or light-colored 'crossover' utility vehicle," resembling a Mercedes Benz or BMW. 

Greenwood said a Berkeley patrol officer, who was within three blocks of the incident, heard the shot, and began to investigate. 

A witness then flagged down the officer and pointed out the victim, who was then treated by the Berkeley Fire Department and transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening gunshot wounds.  

The suspect’s vehicle was last seen turning west onto Ashby Avenue from Piedmont. 

According to Greenwood, the first suspect was described as an Asian male in his late teens to early 20s, between 5 feet 5 and 5 feet 10 inches in height, thin to medium build with a clean-shaven round face, short dark hair, a hooded jacket, baggy pants, and armed with a pistol. 

The second suspect was described as a female of “an unknown race,” with long dark hair, driving the getaway vehicle. 

The Berkeley Police Department are asking for the community’s help with this investigation. Anyone who may have any information regarding this crime is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at 981-5741 or the BPD non-emergency number at 981-5900. 

The Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the apprehension of the suspects in this case. The Bay Area Crime Stoppers tip line is 800-222-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous if they wish.