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Three Suspects Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting and Burglarizing Man in Berkeley

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN)
Friday February 08, 2013 - 04:08:00 PM

Three suspects, including a juvenile, have been arrested in West Sacramento for allegedly assaulting and burglarizing a man at his house in the Berkeley Hills in December, police said. 

Berkeley police said that when the alleged victim in the case returned to his home on Senior Avenue near Grizzly Peak Boulevard at 3:17 p.m. on Dec. 11 he saw an unfamiliar car parked in his driveway occupied by a woman who was sitting in the driver's seat. 

The man also heard noises coming from inside his house and when he went to check on the noises he saw two males come out of his house and run to the car in the driveway, police said. 

The homeowner tried to stop the car from leaving but he was knocked to the ground and the car ran over his leg, which resulted in minor injuries to him, according to police. The car then fled north out of the area, they said. 

Berkeley police officers responded to the scene and discovered that the man's house had been burglarized and several items had been stolen, police said. 

A felony assault and burglary investigation was initiated and a crime scene technician was able to recover fingerprints at the scene. The fingerprints were sent to the state crime lab, which reported a match to two of the suspects, according to police. 

Berkeley detectives were then able to identify a third suspect, find where all three suspects were and get arrest warrants and search warrants, police said. 

When Berkeley detectives served the search warrants in West Sacramento on Jan. 31 they were able to arrest all three suspects and recover evidence in their residences that linked them to the burglary, police said. 

Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said Monique Robinson, 22, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, namely a car, and first-degree burglary. Jesus Salas, 19, has been charged with burglary and receiving stolen property. 

Robinson and Salas were arraigned on Monday and are due back in Alameda County Superior Court on Feb. 26 for a pretrial hearing, Drenick said. 

Berkeley police said the juvenile has also been charged, but Drenick said details of the charges against the juvenile would not be released.