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Man who allegedly pulled gun on security officers in Berkeley Bowl parking lot is still at large

Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN) and Planet
Saturday November 12, 2016 - 10:57:00 AM

Berkeley police said they are looking for a man who allegedly pulled a gun on security guards in the parking lot at the eastern Berkeley Bowl grocery store Thursday night. 

They tried to stop him after he left the store with a sandwich, police said. 

The incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. 

Lt. Andrew Rateaver said that after the man produced a gun outside the store, located at 2020 Oregon St., he ran away on Russell Street to a nearby residential area in the vicinity of Harper Street and Ashby Avenue. 

Rateaver said officers made a "robust response" to the situation by setting up a perimeter but were unable to locate the man and he remains at large. 

Rateaver said officers "found some evidence connected with the crime," although he declined to say what it was. 

No one was injured in the incident, he said. 

The suspect is described by Berkeley police only as a black man in his 50s. They did not provide any more descriptive information, such as height, build, clothing, hair style, facial hair if any, or complexion, which makes it difficult to identify potential suspects, and exposes many black men in their 50s to inappropriate suspicion. 



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