It was the third night in a row that a nighttime street robbery or robbery attempt occurred in the general area of the UC Berkeley campus.
A 21-year-old woman was walking in the 2600 block of Derby about 8:30 p.m. Friday when she was confronted by a male who pointed a gun at her and grabbed her cell phone, campus police said in a "crime alert."
The robber also took her purse and fled the area on foot, police said.
A short time later, he was detained by Berkeley police officers near the intersection of Regent Street and Dwight Way and arrested on suspicion of robbery, UC police said.
Anyone with information about the crime is urged to contact Berkeley police at 510-981-5900.
On the night before, Oct. 31, a 20-year-old male student at UC Berkeley was attacked by four males in an attempted robbery next to the main library on campus.
On the previous night, Oct. 30, a woman was robbed of her cell phone by two males a block north of the campus at Scenic Avenue and Ridge Road.
Street robberies have spiked in Berkeley this year. Recent cases include:
- Cal Student Attacked by 4 Males in Robbery Attempt on Campus (Nov. 1, 2013)
- Woman Robbed of Cell Phone near Cal Campus (Nov. 1, 2013)
- Female Student Slapped, Robbed on Cal Campus (Oct. 23, 2013)
- UC Police Beefing Up Patrols After Rash of Robberies (Oct. 16, 2013)
- Another Armed Robbery of a Cal Student on Campus (Oct. 15, 2013)
- Student Knocked Down, Robbed at Gunpoint on Cal Campus (Oct. 14, 2013)
- Cal Student Assaulted by 3 Robbers on Campus (Oct. 14, 2013)
- Student Shoved, Robbed of Cell Phone next to Cal Dorm (Oct. 12, 2013)
- Woman Hit, Robbed Next to UC Campus (Oct. 10, 2013)
- 3 Arrested After Employee Kicked in Tip-Jar Robbery at Caffe Med (Oct. 3, 2013)
- FBI Crime Data Reflects Berkeley Crime Increase
- String of Weekend Assaults on UC Berkeley Fraternity Row
- Cell Phone Robbery on UC Campus – Minor Injuries to Female Victim
- Berkeley Pedestrian Robberies Jump 35% This Year
- Another Robbery Near UC Berkeley
- Another Robbery: Cal Student Pushed from Behind While Walking
- Another Armed Robbery in Berkeley
- UC Student Describes Being Robbed as Bystander Stood By
- Armed Robbery at North Gate of Cal Campus
- Purse-Grab Robbery of Woman on Telegraph Ave.
- 2 Females Pushed, Robbed at Gunpoint South of UC Campus
- 2 Students Robbed at Gunpoint at UC Housing Complex
- Man, Woman Robbed at Gunpoint Near UC Campus
- 5 Robbers Take Man's Cell Phone, Wallet at Gunpoint Near Cal Campus
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