Two strong-arm robberies minutes apart in Berkeley

BERKELEY (BCN) — There were two strong-arm robberies in the same part of Berkeley
within a six-minute period early Wednesday morning, police said.
University of California police said the first incident involved a
man who was walking in the vicinity of Parker Street and College Avenue at
about 12:42 a.m. when he saw four males walking towards him.
One of the suspects punched the victim in the face and the others
went through his pockets, according to police.
The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and wallet and the
victim suffered minor injuries, police said.
It isn’t yet known if the victim was a UC Berkeley student,
according to police.
Both UC and Berkeley police searched the area but were unable to
find the suspects.
Police described one of the suspects as a black male who is about
19 years old and about 5-foot-7 who was wearing a blue or gray sweatshirt.
Police said they didn’t have detailed descriptions of the other
three suspects.
The second incident involved a 19-year-old male student who was
walking on Warring Avenue just north of Parker Street, adjacent to UC
Berkeley’s Clark Kerr campus, at about 12:48 a.m. today when four males
approached him, surrounded him and demanded his cellphone, police said.
The victim complied and the suspects left the area with his phone,
according to police. The victim wasn’t injured during the encounter.
Police described one of the suspects as a black male who is about
19 years old who is 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10, about 165 pounds and was wearing a
black hooded sweatshirt.
They provided similar descriptions for the other three suspects,
saying they are all black males about 19 years old whose height is in the
range of 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10 and whose weight is about 165 pounds and were
wearing black hooded sweatshirts.
But police said the other three suspects are also described as
having cropped haircuts.
Authorities said anyone with information about the robberies
should call Berkeley police at (510) 981-5900.

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