Student Arrested in Berkeley High Brawl; North Berkeley Crime Spree Alert

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday April 08, 2010 - 09:05:00 AM

A Berkeley Technology High School student was arrested for attacking a Berkeley High School safety officer during an on-campus fight Monday. 

According to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Jamie Perkins, about six female students were involved in a fight inside Berkeley High before 12:57 p.m. when some of the school’s safety officers tried to break it up. 

Perkins said she did not know the cause behind the fight. 

One of the students hit two of the officers, one of whom suffered minor injuries to his lip. 

The student, a 17-year-old B-Tech student, was arrested by Berkeley Police Department officers for battery on a school safety officer and trespassing. 

The other five, all minors in their late teens, were released to their parents. 

Berkeley High witnessed a rash of fights and attacks last month, one of them taking place when students attacked a safety officer in Martin Luther King jr. Civic Center Park. The school’s principal, Jim Slemp, is set to retire in June. 


Police Investigate North Berkeley Robbery Spree 

Berkeley police are investigating a series of armed robberies in North Berkeley. 

On Thursday, April 1, right before 10:16 p.m., there was an attempted robbery in the area of Walnut and Cedar streets. 

On Saturday, April 3, at approximately 8:00 p.m., there was an armed robbery in the area of LeConte and Euclid avenues. Thirty minutes later, another armed robbery occurred on the 1800 block of Euclid. 

No one was injured during these incidents. 

The suspects reportedly confront their victims with a gun and demand all their property.  

The Berkeley Police Department has asked the community to remain alert. 

Any one with any information on these crimes should contact the Berkeley Robbery Detail at 981-5742 or the BPD non-emergency number at 981-5900 or from their cell phone at 981-5911. If callers wish to remain anonymous they can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).