Berkeley Police Arrest Two Robbery Suspects

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The Berkeley Police Department arrested two men for allegedly robbing an individual with a weapon that was later identified as a BB gun in the early morning last Wednesday on Southside.

The two suspects allegedly demanded the victim give them his cash and cell phone and the victim complied on the 2100 block of Bancroft Way on Nov. 24 at about 2:27 a.m, according to a UCPD crime alert. The suspects then allegedly fled west on Bancroft and were apprehended about 15 minutes later on the corner of Milvia Street and Durant Avenue.

The victim thought that the suspects were carrying a handgun. However, after the suspects had been apprehended, police discovered it was a BB gun.

"It's no more different than many pedestrian robberies - sometimes guns are just simulated, or the threat of a gun ... and sometimes it's a real gun," said Berkeley Police Department Sgt. Robert Rittenhouse. "We see all types."

The suspects were apprehended after officers from UCPD detained them, according to Rittenhouse. The victim positively identified the suspects - Kristopher Smith, 20, and Angelo Jimerson, 21 - according to the crime alert.

Rittenhouse said the robbery does not seem to be related to similar instances of armed robbery that have occurred recently and could not confirm if the victim was affiliated with UC Berkeley.

Contact Victoria Pardini at [email protected]

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