Monday, June 21, 2010

Was UCB Armed Robber a Metallica Fan?

By Anneli Rufus
Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 9:40 AM

After a violent armed robbery on the UC Berkeley campus this weekend, the UC Police are warning locals to be on the lookout.

According to a just-released UCPD bulletin, on Saturday at around 5 p.m., "a 14 year old Hispanic teenager and a 15 year old White teenager were skateboarding" on campus, along Eshleman Road — which is not next to Eshleman Hall but between Barrows and Morrison halls and the North Field.

First, they were joined by a third teenaged friend. Then two slightly older males appeared and "befriended the three teenagers for an hour." At about 6:15 p.m., the older males suddenly demanded the belongings of the original two teenagers, who are identified in the bulletin as "Victim #1" and "Victim #2."

"Victim #1 refused and Suspect #1 grabbed Victim #1. The two fought and scuffled on the ground for approximately one minute. Suspect #1 punched Victim #1 several times and hit Victim #1’s head against the wooden fence along the north edge of the area. Victim #1 gave up his backpack to Suspect #1. Suspect #2 took Victim #2’s backpack and skateboard. Suspects #1 and #2 ran away south and then towards Sather Gate. Victim #1 suffered from a nose bleed during the encounter. UCPD and BPD searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

"The suspects were described as:

"Suspect #1 — A Filipino or Laotian male, approximately 16 to 21 years of age, 5’7” to 5’8” in height, 130 to 150 pounds, brown hair with a 'fade' hair style, wearing a red baseball-style cap containing a blue letter P,
an LRG brand white t-shirt containing red embellishments including the word 'Metallica' on the front and an image of a blackish-grey gun, black sleeves visible under the t-shirt, dark blue Levis brand jeans, and black Vans brand shoes. Suspect might have been wearing earrings.

"Suspect #2 — A white male, approximately 18 to 20 years of age, 5’9” to 6’ in height, athletic build, short brown slicked-back hair, wearing a bluish-black long sleeved shirt, black baggie Dickies brand pants, and white sneakers.

"If you have any information about this crime, please contact the University of California Police Department Criminal Investigation Bureau at 510-642-0472."

The question remains: Is Suspect #1 actually a fan of the formerly El Cerrito-based band, Metallica — or did he simply acquire his T-shirt at a yard sale?

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