Berkeley Police Arrest Berkeley High Student for Suspected Robbery

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Wednesday March 31, 2010 - 04:01:00 PM

Berkeley police arrested a Berkeley High School student in downtown Berkeley last Thursday in connection with a robbery. 

The arrest occurred at 12:23 p.m. after a Berkeley Police Department officer saw the suspect walking along the 1900 block of Allston Way. 

BPD spokesperson Officer Jamie Perkins said that the suspect had been wanted for a robbery that took place in February. 

Perkins said the minor had been involved in a strong arm robbery and had taken the personal belongings of his victim. According to Perkins, the robbery occurred just before 4 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Allston and Grant. The victim was also a minor and a male student at Berkeley High. 

Berkeley Unified School District spokesperson Mark Coplan said he saw 10 or 11 police officers take down the robbery suspect near Berkeley High at 12:20 p.m. and put a “net bag” over his head. 

Perkins said that a spit mask was used as a precaution. Spit masks are porous masks which prevent people from biting or spitting, Perkins said. She could not say whether the student had resisted arrest or behaved violently prior to being arrested. 

Perkins declined to release any specifics about the case because it was still under investigation and involved a juvenile. 

The student will be kept in Berkeley City Jail before being booked into Juvenile Hall, Perkins said.