Police Department Investigates Four Recent Armed Robberies

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A UC Berkeley student was hit on the head with a gun in broad daylight Tuesday in one of four armed robberies that occurred in Berkeley Tuesday and Wednesday.

Berkeley Police Department Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said the two robberies that occurred on Wednesday are "likely connected," given that the suspects used the same language when addressing their victims and wielded the same type of weapon in both cases.

Another armed robbery that the Oakland Police Department investigated Wednesday night may be related to one of the robberies that occurred earlier in Berkeley that evening, according to Kusmiss.

"We average, looking at statistics, one (robbery) a day in a given month or a little over one - about 1.25 if you really want to splice numbers," Kusmiss said. "Last (Wednesday) night having three was a little unusual."

No arrests were made in connection with any of the incidents.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 29-year-old UC Berkeley student Pat Beck II was walking on the west side of Scenic Avenue near Cedar Street when he was approached by a man who held a pistol to his chest and demanded he empty his pockets, Beck said. The suspect knocked Beck over the head with his gun after he refused to turn over his belongings.

"It was broad daylight in the Berkeley hills, so I was more shocked than anything," Beck said.

Later that evening at 9 p.m., a 21-year-old man was walking home on the 2600 block of Benvenue Avenue when a man with a black revolver ran up behind him and forcefully took the victim's backpack and wallet, Kusmiss said.

At 6:55 p.m. Wednesday, a 40-year-old Berkeley resident was walking home on the Ohlone Greenway bicycle and pedestrian pathway between Rose and Hopkins streets when he was approached by three men who took his fanny pack after threatening him with a shotgun.

Just before 9:47 p.m. Wednesday night, a man and woman, both 26-year-olds, were at the intersection of Wheeler and Russell streets when they were approached from behind by three men, one of whom held a shotgun to the victim's neck and demanded his wallet, according to Kusmiss, who added that the suspects may have also committed the robbery in Oakland Wednesday night.

"Russell and Wheeler are not that far from Oakland, so if the suspects were to flee south ... they would end up in North Oakland," Kusmiss said.


Contact Sarah Mohamed at [email protected]

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