UC Safety Alert: Carjacking Near Dwight and College

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Earlier this week, two local police agencies sent out an alert to residents about a carjacking just south of the University of California, Berkeley, campus. 

Police said that last Friday, Aug. 24, a man armed with a gun confronted a driver in the 2500 block of Benvenue Avenue, near Dwight and College avenues, just before 8 p.m.

The driver, an adult male, was in his car waiting for a friend, police said. 

The gunman ordered the driver out of his vehicle, a gray 2006 Pontiac GTO.

"The victim fearing for his safety got out of the vehicle. The suspect fled the area taking the victim's vehicle," police said in a written statement signed by University of California, Berkeley, Police Department Chief Mitchell J. Celaya III.  

The victim was not injured during the encounter.

The gunman was described as a black man in his 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium complexion and a muscular build wearing all dark clothing.

Police ask anyone with information about the crime to call the  at 510-981-5900.


According to the University of California, Berkeley, Police Department, UC affiliates can request a safe way home and see a live map of night safety buses around campus at http://bearwalk.berkeley.edu. (Those who wish to request a pick-up or drop-off must login with a Calnet ID. Those associated with the university can also contact BearWalk via phone at 642-WALK (9255).)

See night buses, including their live locations, at http://bearwalk.berkeley.edu/shuttles.

Shuttles stop on the North Side of Moffitt every half hour. For further info please visit the UCPD website at http://police.berkeley.edu/bearwalk.


If there's something in this article you think should be corrected, or if something else is amiss, call editor Emilie Raguso at 510-459-8325 or email her at berkeley@patch.com.

Read more here about crime in Berkeley. Click the "Keep me posted" button below for an alert when we write about safety near campus.


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