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Berkeley Suspect Accused of Pistol-Whipping Student

By Sasha Lekach
Saturday April 06, 2013 - 08:22:00 AM

Berkeley police are asking for the community's help to find a man who pistol-whipped a high school student during a robbery before getting on a bus last month. 

The suspect confronted the student from Berkeley Technology Academy at the intersection of Milvia and Stuart streets around 11:35 a.m. on March 13, Berkeley police said. 

The student was walking a few blocks from the school when he was approached. 

The suspect demanded the suspect's property and when the victim refused the suspect then hit the victim several times with a gun.  

The victim was hospitalized but not seriously injured in the attack, police said. 

The suspect then ran east on Stuart Street with the student's wallet.  

A search immediately after the robbery prompted a brief lockdown at Berkeley Technology Academy and at King Child Development Center.  

Investigators believe the suspect got on an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus. 

Surveillance footage from a bus shows the suspect getting onto the vehicle. 

He is described as a black man in his 20s standing between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a medium build. 

He was seen wearing a black or dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, a black beanie and was armed with a gun. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Berkeley police at (510) 981-5742 or (510) 981-5900. Those wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.