News in Briefs: Woman Robbed at Knifepoint Near North Berkeley Market

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Two men allegedly robbed a woman in the parking lot of a North Berkeley supermarket Tuesday, police announced yesterday.

The robbery occurred at 4:56 p.m. in the Safeway parking lot located at 1444 Shattuck Avenue.

"The victim was in the Safeway parking lot, putting away her groceries, when she was approached by a man demanding her purse," said Berkeley police Capt. Bobby Miller.

One man approached the victim and asked for change for a $10 bill. The victim responded that she did not have change and proceeded to get into her car, police said.

As the victim opened her car door, a second man walked toward the car as the first man screamed for her to drop her purse, Miller said.

"The victim noticed that the first man held a small rusty knife in his hand," he said. "The victim responded by throwing her wallet into the air and yelling to get attention."

After the first man picked up the wallet, both men proceeded to run out of the parking lot toward Henry Street.

Police described the alleged attackers, who have not been apprehended, as black males between the ages of 18-20.

The first man is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, of medium build, and was dressed in a tan sweatshirt with a hood. He has a split upper lip. The second man is 5 feet 7 inches tall and approximately 160 pounds, with a cornrow hairstyle. He was dressed in a white football jersey with black numbers on the back, police said.

Library Employee Assaulted

A staff member at the Haas School of Business library was hit Tuesday after she prevented a man from taking out a book using an expired library card, campus police said yesterday.

While working at the library check-out at approximately 1 p.m., Mary Anne MacDonald was approached by a man with a non-student library card that had expired, said UC police Capt. Bill Cooper.

"They argued and he hit her with his fist on the forearm," Cooper said.

The man then ran from the building and the victim called the police. Cooper said she was not hit very hard and that she did not require medical attention.

MacDonald told police the name that appeared on the library card, and Cooper said they were investigating whether that was the man's real name.

The assailant was described as a white male in his 50s with balding hair and a gray beard. He was wearing brown or gray pants and an olive jacket. He was also carrying a large stack of papers.

Renada Rutmanis


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