Armed Suspects Allegedly Carjack Vehicle from UC Berkeley Parking Structure

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A 56-year-old male was allegedly carjacked Friday night by two individuals, one wielding a gun, after exiting his vehicle in a UC Berkeley parking lot.

The incident occurred April 2 at about 7:35 p.m. in the Ellsworth Structure located near the intersection of Channing Way and Ellsworth Street, when use of the lot is open to the public, according to UCPD Lt. Alex Yao.

After exiting his parked car, the victim was walking through the structure when he was approached by the two men, who demanded his car keys, Yao said. One of the men brandished a gun.

The suspects then allegedly took the car and left the parking structure, according to a UCPD crime alert released Monday.

UCPD officers arrived on the scene at about 7:58 p.m., and discovered that the allegedly stolen vehicle had been abandoned in the south side of the parking structure, Yao said.

The recovered vehicle was found intact, except for the loss of two cell phones worth $250, according to the alert.

The victim, who is not affiliated with UC Berkeley, identified the alleged carjackers as two males around 17 years old. One of the men was described as having a thin build, wearing a red hat with ear flaps and carrying a black semi-automatic pistol.

The Berkeley Police Department also received a report of two males matching the victim's description speeding away from the area in an orange vehicle that is not the victim's car, according to Yao.

Yao said he was not aware of any carjacking incidents that had happened recently in the area and added that they are "very, very rare" on campus property.

The Ellsworth Structure is an unattended lot, according to Fred Johnson, field operations manager for UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation, meaning that no security personnel or parking attendants are present.

Parking enforcement officers patrol campus parking lots, but Johnson said they provide only a deterrent to crime.

Yao said people can minimize the chance of a carjacking by parking in a well-lit area. He added that people should not keep anything in their car that identifies where they live or work, and that car keys should be kept separate from anything else.

Yao said the investigation of the incident is ongoing.

"Our detectives are actively working on the case," he said.


Contact Hannah Moulthrop at [email protected]

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