Police Investigate Cases Of Robbery and Assault

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A man was robbed at gunpoint in West Berkeley while walking to a store, police said yesterday.

The victim was walking on Channing Way and 8th Street Monday night when two men approached him and pointed a gun at his head, according to Berkeley police Capt. Bobby Miller.

"All of a sudden he didn't know where they came from," Miller said. "One of the men put a gun at the right side of the victim's head and told him to give up his money, so the victim took his wallet out and gave them all the cash he had."

Miller said that one robber also asked the victim for his car keys, but that the robbers were unable to leave the scene with the keys in tow.

"One of the guys asked for the victim's car keys, which the victim gave him," Miller said. "But before taking off, the guy dropped the car keys."

At that point the robbers gave up and fled the scene, Miller said.

"He and the other (person) responsible ran away anyway so the victim was able to retrieve his car keys," he said.

Police said the robbers were both described as 18-year-old black males, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, slenderly built and wearing dark clothing.

There are currently no suspects in custody in connection with the robbery, Miller added.

In a separate incident this week, police said that three juveniles were arrested in connection with the robbery of another student at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in North Berkeley.

The incident occurred at noon on Tuesday, according to Miller.

"There were three juveniles arrested," he said. "Basically the three kids approached this victim, also an eighth grader, with the intent to go through his pocket."

The victim, however, did not give up his possessions without a fight, Miller said.

"The victim fought them off and, as a result, one of the responsibles slapped a victim with both of his hands," he said.

Miller said that nothing was taken from the victim. He added that the incident was classified as both a battery and a robbery.


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