New: Two suspects in Grizzly Peak robbery arrested for Oakland crimes

Jeff Shuttleworth
Wednesday December 03, 2014 - 10:56:00 PM

Two of three suspects in the armed robbery and kidnapping of a couple sitting in a car at an overlook in the Berkeley hills on Thanksgiving have been arrested for similar crimes in Oakland, University of California at Berkeley police said today. 

Police said the victims, a 26-year-old woman and a 23-year-old male, were parked at a dirt turn-out on Grizzly Peak Boulevard around 2 a.m. last Thursday, sitting in their vehicle looking out toward the Bay, when three suspects approached them. 

The suspects, two of whom were armed with guns and one with a baseball bat, demanded money, campus police said. 

The victims didn't have any money, so one suspect got into their vehicle and ordered them to drive to an ATM while the other suspects drove behind them in a second vehicle, according to police. 

The victims took money out at an ATM and gave it to the suspects, who then left the area. 

The victims, who are not affiliated with UC Berkeley, were not injured. 

The suspects' vehicle is described by police as a 2005 orange and gray Honda Element. 

UC Berkeley police Lt. Eric Tejada said two of the suspects have been arrested by Oakland police for similar crimes in their city but one suspect remains at large. 

Tejada said police believe the two suspects were involved in the incident on Grizzly Peak in Berkeley but haven't yet formally arrested them for that incident or turned the case over to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for charges. 

Tejada said police have reason to believe that the suspects committed additional crimes in the Berkeley and Oakland hills last Wednesday night and early Thursday morning and are asking other people who may have been victims to come forward. 

Campus police said people who have any information about the Grizzly Peak incident or any other similar incidents should call Detective Brendan Tinney at (510) 642-6760.