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Suspected Robber Nabbed After Knife Attack Next to UC Campus

A robbery suspect armed with a knife was located and arrested Monday morning after assaulting a victim on Bancroft Way, near Sproul Plaza, police said.

A robbery suspect armed with a knife was found and arrested after he allegedly injured a victim in a struggle next to UC Berkeley on Monday, campus police reported today.

The attempted robbery occurred about 6 a.m. in the 2400 block of Bancroft Way, between Telegraph Avenue and Dana Street, police said.

After the victim reported the assault, the 27-year-old suspect was located by UC police nearby and detained in front of Wells Fargo Bank, police said.

UC Berkeley police described the attack in a "crime alert":

"The City of Berkeley Police Department reports that on Monday, January 20th, 2014, at approximately 6:00 a.m., an attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon occurred on the 2400 block of Bancroft. 

"The victim, a 27 year old non-affiliated male, had just parked his vehicle on Bancroft when he was approached by the male suspect.  The suspect pulled out a knife and ordered the victim to give him his car keys. 

"The suspect jabbed the knife towards the victim.  The victim defended himself and a struggle ensued.  The victim broke free and went to his workplace where he called police. 

"UCPD officers responded to the scene and detained the suspect in front of Wells Fargo Bank.  The suspect was taken into custody by BPD.  The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries during the altercation."

The campus vicinity has been plagued by robberies involving physical assaults in the past few weeks, including these cases:

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Jan Robitscher January 22, 2014 at 09:34 PM
What I want to know is--what are the Berkeley/UCB Police going to DO about all these assaults and robberies? I'd like to see more police out on the street more often.
Joan Roos January 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Odd that both attacker and victim were 27 years old. Why is race not mentioned when sex and age is? Race is not racist, it's one of the top three ways we describe people.
Charles Burress (Editor) January 23, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Joan Roos, you raise a good question that has been wrestled with for many years by news organizations. Race seems to be burdened with more negative, damaging stereotypes than gender and age are, and so the prevailing policy is not to include race unless it's directly relevant to the story.

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