Drug Seekers Get Holdup Instead of Fix, Report It To Cops

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Three men trying to buy drugs at People's Park this week instead were robbed at gunpoint, police said Friday.

Thursday night at 8:30, police say the men went to People's Park to try to buy drugs, according to information sent out just before 1 p.m. Friday. 

The group approached a man in the park and asked him if he sold drugs. 

Police said the man then "pulled out a handgun from his waist and demanded wallets from the victims. The victims handed over their wallets and then ran away."

No one was injured.

Police said the victims reported the robbery to police several hours later.  

University of California police officers then checked the area but were unable to find the suspect, who was described only as a black man, roughly 36 years old, 6 feet tall and about 180 pounds, with a silver pistol.

Police ask members of the public with information about this incident to call the University of California Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau at 510-642-0472 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 510-642-6760 (all other times)

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Emilie Raguso August 31, 2012 at 09:22 PM
We can definitely ask.
P. Park August 31, 2012 at 10:33 PM
This is all part of our new program to combat drug activity. Please come out and enjoy the garden this weekend. People's Park Use Commitee
Deborah R September 01, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Sorry folks - when I called 911 to report a man smoking crack in broad daylight the dispatcher got mad at me for calling 911, said I should have called the non-emergency number and hung up on me. If the People's Park Use Committee really want to combat drug activity maybe they should ask the Berkeley Police to cooperate!
Lou Judson September 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
911 is for life threatening matters and emergencies. Sorry but the dispatcher was right! for non emergency reports, call (510) 981-5900.
Deborah R September 06, 2012 at 12:08 AM
You are right and I've learned my lesson about calling 911. However, to be hung up on is NEVER excusable. A quick "please call 981-5900" or "I'll connect you" is all it would have taken. With the amount of drugs being consumed on the streets here with no enforcement whatsoever (take a walk at Shattuck and Center) downtown Berkeley will never attract the shoppers or park goers that it desires.


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