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Suspect Caught in Daytime Robbery Next to Cal Campus

A 36-year-old suspected robber was caught by University of California at Berkeley police Wednesday after he tried to take a cell phone and other items from a victim next to the campus shortly after 9 a.m., police said.

A man was arrested after trying grab the cell phone and other items from a victim at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way next to the UC Berkeley campus about 9:10 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2014, according to UC Berkeley police. Photo: Google Maps
A man was arrested after trying grab the cell phone and other items from a victim at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way next to the UC Berkeley campus about 9:10 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2014, according to UC Berkeley police. Photo: Google Maps
A 36-year-man was arrested after he tried to take a cell phone and other items from a victim at the busy intersection of Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way about 9:10 a.m. Wednesday morning, UC Berkeley police said.

"The victim was walking in the area using his cell phone," campus police said in a crime alert. "The male suspect initially walked past the victim.  As the victim approached the suspect he was attacked by the suspect who tried to take his phone.  The suspect also tried to grab items from the victim’s pockets.

"The victim managed to fight off the suspect and fled to UCPD located in Sproul Hall.  A UCPD officer detained an individual matching the description of the suspect a few blocks away."

The victim was not injured, police said.

There has been a spate of robberies involving assaults in the Cal campus area is recent weeks:

For articles before December on Berkeley robberies, please see "Patch Articles on Recent Berkeley Robberies."

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Stephen Redmond January 12, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Resounding deafness hear from overpaid Cal administrators and UC police. Just think if money was saved by reducing headcount of administration and salary levels it could be put into campus security. Better lighting, more officers, real time cameras with software to detect crimes and dispatch officers could make Cal a safe campus instead of a breeding ground for criminal activities. It will take a murder before Cal officials wake up and do what needs to be done. I suggest firing a few now an taking steps to secure the campus are better alternatives than to have to tell a parent their child is dead.

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