Student Robbed of Phone on Telegraph Avenue

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A male UC Berkeley student was robbed of his phone Tuesday evening in South Berkeley when two suspects threatened him and demanded his property.

The victim was walking southbound on Telegraph Avenue at about 9 p.m. Jan. 18 when two male suspects blocked his path near the 2600 block of the avenue, according to a UCPD crime alert. The suspects allegedly threatened the victim and demanded his black Droid phone, which the victim was using to listen to music.

The victim complied and was uninjured in the encounter. After obtaining the phone, the suspects fled further south on Telegraph.

Officers from the Berkeley Police Department searched the area but were unable to locate the pair.

"A reminder for community members that awareness is so very important," Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said in an e-mail. "Listening to iPhones, MP3s or Droids as well as talking on cell phones limits your awareness."

The suspects are described as male, both between the ages of 19 and 21. One suspect, who was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and tan cargo-style pants at the time of the incident, is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighting about 170 pounds. The other was wearing corn rows wrapped in a bun, according to the alert.

Sarah Springfield is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected]

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