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3 Robberies Near Campus – One Victim Injured in Knife Robbery

Berkeley police reported three recent robberies near the campus. One victim of knife-wielding robbers was taken to a hospital with injuries. Cell phones were taken in all three cases. All of the robbers escaped.

UC Berkeley police on Wednesday issued Berkeley police reports of three robberies, including two involving weapons, near the campus on Sunday and Monday. One victim was injured and taken to a hospital.

The first one occurred about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when a 21-year-old man affiliated with the campus was robbed of his cell phone at gunpoint at Dwight Way and Regent Street, police said.

The robber – described as a black male in his 20s, 5-feet, 7-inches tall, with short hair and a medium build, and wearing dark clothing – was last seen in a green sedan, police said.

The second robbery happened in the heart of downtown Berkeley, at Shattuck and University avenues, about 2:28 a.m. Monday when three men armed with knife robbed a 37-year-old man of his cell phone, money, credit card and jewelry, police said.

"The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the encounter," according to a Berkeley police report. The injuries were not life-threatening and consisted of "lacerations and bruising," said Berkeley police Officer Stephanie Polliziani.

The robbers fled in a white sedan, police said. They were all described as tall and thin black males in dark clothing, and one was also described as having shoulder-length hair.

The third robbery took place also on Monday, at Channing Way and Dana Street about 6:21 p.m. when a 20-year-old woman affiliated with the campus was robbed of her cell phone in a strong-arm assault by three juveniles, police said. The robbers fled on foot, and no description was released.

The victims in the first and third robberies were not injured, according to police.

A number of cell phone robberies around campus have been reported in recent months.

Anyone with information about any of the crimes is asked to contact Berkeley police at 510-981-5900.

Joshua D. Wise February 07, 2013 at 05:35 PM
But...guns and knives are...illegal in Berkeley! Why would criminals...disobey the law? It's as if banning weapons only disarms law abiding citizens.

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