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Student Assaulted, Robbed of Cell Phone on Berkeley Campus

A UC Berkeley student suffered minor injuries when he was assaulted and robbed of his cell phone on Sproul Plaza before 9:30 p.m. Monday night, according to campus police.

University of California at Berkeley police shield. Photo Credit: Charles Burress
University of California at Berkeley police shield. Photo Credit: Charles Burress
A 23-year-old UC Berkeley student sustained minor injuries when he was robbed of his cell phone by two males on Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley Monday night, according to campus police.

The student came to the campus police station about 9:27 p.m. and reported being robbed by two suspects, whom he'd met outside a restaurant on Telegraph Avenue, police said in a crime alert today, Tuesday.

The victim and suspects engaged in conversation, and the trio entered the campus, according to police.

"The victim was having a discussion with the suspects on Upper Sproul Plaza and produced his phone," police said.

One suspect "tried to grab the phone out of the victim’s hand," police said. "The victim resisted and both suspects started beating the victim with their fists. The victim fell to the ground.  

"The suspect took the victim’s phone and fled the scene northbound
towards Strawberry Creek. The victim attempted to follow the suspects but
stopped when suspect #2 produced a knife. The victim suffered minor
physical injuries during the assault."

Police said the suspects were described as:

Suspect #1:  Black, male, 5’08” in height, with a light build, wearing
black shoes, beige pants and a black sweatshirt.

Suspect #2 - Black, male, 5’09” in height, with a light build, wearing
black pants and a grey sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about the crimes is urged to call UC Berkeley police at 510-642-0472 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and 510-642-6760 at all other times.

There was a spate of robberies in the campus area involving physical assaults in December before the holiday break.

Berkeley has Berkeley has experienced a surge in street robberies in the past year. For a list with links of more Patch articles on the crimes, see 
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