Monday, September 22, 2008

Vicious North Berkeley Mugging

By Anneli Rufus
Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 3:47 PM

In conversations lately, one question keeps coming up again and again: Are formerly "safe" neighborhoods getting ... unsafer? That's still up for debate, but police logs over the last few months have definitely been showing more and more armed robberies on quiet residential streets in North Berkeley.

In conversations lately, one question keeps coming up again and again: Are formerly "safe" neighborhoods getting ... unsafer? That's still up for debate, but police logs over the last few months have definitely been showing more and more muggings and armed robberies on quiet residential streets in North Berkeley. Some of those robberies are terrifyingly violent, and many involve predators cruising in cars, which kind of dissolves the truism that "they do it because they're desperate for cash." Witness this bulletin about a grievous Saturday-night/Sunday-morning stickup just received from the UC Police Department: "On Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 2:14 a.m. a strong arm robbery occurred on the 2100 block of Walnut Street near Hearst Avenue. The victim ... was walking northbound on Walnut from Hearst when a green 4-door sedan pulled up behind him. Three males exited the vehicle, approached the victim, and knocked him to the ground demanding his property. The victim gave the suspects his wallet and then the three suspects began kicking and punching the victim. The suspects then got back in their vehicle and fled the scene traveling northbound on Walnut. BPD searched the area but was unable to locate the suspects or the suspect's vehicle. ... Suspects #1, #2 & #3: Black males in their late teens or early 20s." The victim, unsurprisingly, sustained injuries.

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