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Victim Hit with Gun in Robbery Next to UC Berkeley Campus

A man on Bancroft Way across the street from the UC Berkeley campus was struck with a gun and robbed of his laptop early Thursday morning, according to UC Berkeley police.

A man sitting on the steps of Urban Outfitters on Bancroft Way in Berkeley was struck with a gun and robbed of his laptop on Dec. 12, 2013, police said. Photo: Google Maps
A man sitting on the steps of Urban Outfitters on Bancroft Way in Berkeley was struck with a gun and robbed of his laptop on Dec. 12, 2013, police said. Photo: Google Maps
A man sitting on steps on Bancroft Way across the street from the UC Berkeley main campus sustained minor injuries early Thursday morning when he struck with a gun by a robber who took the victim's laptop, according to UC Berkeley police.

The 38-year-old victim was sitting on the steps in front of Urban Outfitters at 2590 Bancroft, less than a block from the UC police department, about 2:04 a.m. when he was approached a man who demanded the victim's property and pointed a gun at him, campus police said in a "crime alert."

The robber eluded a search by officers from UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley police, police said.

It was one of several recent street robberies in Berkeley.

Two hours earlier and three blocks away, an employee of the Cream ice cream shop at Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way was punched and received minor injuries while chasing a robber who had just taken an iPad in a robbery at the shop, according to campus police. That robber two escaped.

About 8:30 the previous night, Tuesday, a 21-year-old female UC Berkeley student was assaulted and received minor injuries in a robbery near the high-rise dorms in the south-of-campus area, police said. Those two robbers – a male and a female in their teens – also escaped.

Berkeley has seen a spike in street robberies this year, including near the Cal campus. See the bottom of this article for links to related stories on Patch.

Below is the police crime alert, with a description of the suspect, in the Bancroft Way armed robbery:

Armed Robbery

2500 Block Of Bancroft
December 12, 2013

BPD report number 13-71993

On Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at approximately 2:04 a.m. a robbery occurred on the 2500 block of Bancroft.  The 38 year old male victim, affiliation unknown, was sitting on the steps in front of Urban Outfitters.  The suspect approached the victim and demanded his property.  The suspect was armed with a gun and pointed it at the victim.  The suspect struck the victim with the gun and took the victim’s laptop.  The suspect fled the area eastbound on foot.  BPD and UCPD searched the area but could not locate the suspect.  The victim sustained minor physical injuries during the encounter.

The suspect is described as:
A Black male in his 40s, 5’8”- 5’10” in height, 180-200 lbs., with a medium to dark complexion, wearing a black beanie and a dark blue jacket.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact: 

Berkeley Police Department
(510) 981-5900 / 24 Hours

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