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Female Student Slapped, Robbed on Cal Campus

A robber slapped a female UC Berkeley across the side of her face and stole her iPhone as she walked on campus early Monday night, campus police said. There have been several robberies on and next to campus in the past two weeks.

University of California at Berkeley police shield. Photo Credit: Charles Burress
University of California at Berkeley police shield. Photo Credit: Charles Burress
A female UC Berkeley student walking on campus shortly after 7 p.m. Monday was slapped across the side of her face by a robber who then took her cell phone, UC police reported today, Wednesday.

The student tried to chase the male suspect and fell, suffering a laceration to her knee, police said in a "Crime Alert."

The victim had been talking on her iPhone while walking south on a main path between Durant and Dwinelle Halls.

The campus has been plagued by a number of recent robberies. (See list of related articles below.) Campus police last week beefed up patrols and posted flyers around campus following four armed robberies on or near the campus during the previous week.

Here is the full UC Berkeley police alert with more details, including a description of the suspect and police safety tips:

UCPD crime report # 13-04085

Robbery
October 23, 2013

On Monday, October 21st, 2013, at 7:07 p.m. a robbery occurred on the pathway between Durant Hall and Dwinelle Hall.  The victim, a female student, was walking southbound on the pathway talking on her iPhone when she was approached by a male.  The male suspect walked up to the victim, slapped her right cheek/ear area and grabbed her phone.  The suspect fled running towards Moffit Library.  The victim tried to chase the suspect but tripped and fell.  UCPD searched the area but was unable to locate the suspect.  The victim suffered a laceration to her knee when she fell.

The suspect is described as:

A Black male, 6’02” in height, with a medium build, clean shaven, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact:
University of California Police Department
Criminal Investigation Bureau 
(510) 642-0472 / 8AM-5PM 
(510) 642-6760 / All other times

As with any emergency situation, if you see suspicious activity, call 9-1-1.
From a cell phone, call (510) 642-3333.

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
•       When out and about, keep your electronic devices out of public view as
they are a popular robbery target
•       Dial 510-642-3333 or use a Blue Light emergency phone if you need help.

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Debbie Oberleen October 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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