Adena Ishii was attacked by two females and then a male about 7:15 a.m. near her South Berkeley home and struggled with her assailants, she says in the column published on Berkeleyside.com.
"I fought off my attackers and managed to save my cell phone, but my laptop and some money was stolen in the process," she wrote.
She also didn't understand the bystander's response, or lack thereof.
"What about that bystander though?" she wrote. "Why didn’t he step in or speak up? The assailants didn’t have weapons. ... It was only when the guy got out of their car and started to fight me for my phone that he sort of called out for him to stop. He was not more than two yards away when this happened."
You can read the entire column on Berkeleyside.com.
Berkeley has been plagued by a rash of street robberies this year. Police Chief Michael Meehan told Patch earlier this month that robberies in the city are registering a large increase over last year.
Other recent robberies of students and young people reported by Berkeley Patch include:
- Armed Robbery at North Gate of Cal Campus
- Purse-Grab Robbery of Woman on Telegraph Ave.
- 2 Females Pushed, Robbed at Gunpoint South of UC Campus
- 2 Students Robbed at Gunpoint at UC Housing Complex
- Man, Woman Robbed at Gunpoint Near UC Campus
- 5 Robbers Take Man's Cell Phone, Wallet at Gunpoint Near Cal Campus