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Another Robbery: Cal Student Pushed from Behind While Walking

Adding to the list of recent robberies in Berkeley was the strong-arm robbery Monday night of a 20-year-old female UC Berkeley student next to the Unit 2 dorm on Haste Street. She was pushed from behind while walking and had her cell phone grabbed.

University of California at Berkeley police shield. Photo Credit: Charles Burress
University of California at Berkeley police shield. Photo Credit: Charles Burress
A teenage robber stole the cell phone of a female UC Berkeley student after pushing her from behind as she walked next to the Unit 2 housing complex on Haste Street Monday night, according to UC Berkeley police.

The 20-year-old victim was not injured in the 10:14 p.m. incident, police said.

The suspect fled through the Unit 2 loading dock area toward Dwight Way.

Berkeley is experiencing a significant surge of robberies this year, according to police.

A description of the suspect in Monday night's robbery is included in the following crime alert issued by campus police:

STRONG-ARM ROBBERY
2600 BLOCK OF HASTE STREET (NEXT TO UNIT-2 HOUSING)

On Monday, August 26th, 2013, at 10:14 p.m., a strong-arm robbery occurred along the 2600 block of Haste Street, adjacent to the Unit-2 Housing Complex.  The victim, a 20-year-old Asian female student, was walking and talking on her cellar phone.  The suspect approached her from behind, pushed her, and grabbed her phone.  The suspect fled on foot southbound through the Unit-2 loading dock area toward Dwight Way.  The victim was not injured during the encounter. BPD and UCPD searched the area but were unable to find the suspect.

The suspect was described as:

A Black or Hispanic male, in his teens, 5’-7” in height, thin build, dark complexion, short mustache, and wearing a black baseball-style cap, black shirt with white/green lettering, black pants, and black shoes.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact:
Berkeley Police Department
(510) 981-5900 / 24 Hours

UCPD would like to remind the campus community about the following safety
tips:
•       Utilize the free Night Safety Services located at
http://nightsafety.berkeley.edu
•       Travel with a friend or in a group
•       Be alert and aware of your surroundings
•       Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas
•       Use well-lit, well-traveled routes
•       Dress in clothes and shoes which will not hamper movement
•       Adopt an attitude of awareness and take precautions when you must walk alone
•       Dial 510-642-3333 or use a Blue Light emergency phone if you need help.

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For other police-related news on Berkeley Patch, see our "Police and Fire" section.

Lou Judson August 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Most important - do not talk on the phone while walking or driving! Your mind is on the line and awareness reduced. If you must talk on the phone, do it in a well lit area, put your back to a wall, and keep looking around you. Walking while on the phone is like closing your eyes while you alk in darness. It is plain stupid, at least in a hazardous area like Berkeley!

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