News in Brief: Assault Victim in Critical Condition



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Police are investigating an assault yesterday that left a man hospitalized in critical condition.

The 54-year-old man was robbed and assaulted in Berkeley early Sunday, according to BART police Lt. Cynthia Lee.

After initially being released from Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, the victim was again transported to the hospital at approximately 8:30 a.m, Lee said.

When the man went to the hospital for the second time, doctors realized his injuries were much more severe than previously thought, Lee said.

The victim was at the Ashby BART station when he "started feeling poorly," so a station agent called an ambulance, Lee said.

As of Sunday night, the man was in critical but stable condition at Alta Bates, said Carolyn Kemp, hospital spokesperson.

Berkeley police were notified about the victim's return in the early afternoon, said Berkeley police Lt. Sherrie Aldinger.

Aldinger however, would only confirm that the man is an assault victim.

She said the case is under investigation and would not say if the man was the victim of an early morning robbery.

"We're still looking at all connections," Aldinger said.

Nate Tabak

Woman Raped In Aquatic Park

A woman was raped in Aquatic Park in Berkeley over the weekend, police said yesterday.

The woman reported the rape, which took place on the west side of the park at approximately 7 a.m., to police yesterday, said Berkeley police Lt. Dennis Ahearn.

Preliminary information from the victim indicates the incident happened between Friday and early Sunday, Ahearn said.

The woman underwent an examination at Highland Hospital in Oakland yesterday but required no medical treatment, Ahearn said.

Nate Tabak

Allegedly Armed Man

Arrested on Telegraph

UC police arrested a man found with a handgun on Telegraph Avenue yesterday afternoon, police said.

The man was stopped at the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue after a UC police officer spotted him with an open bottle of beer, said UC police Sgt. Howard Hickman.

After the man told police he was unarmed, an officer searched him and found a semiautomatic handgun.

A friend of the man was also briefly searched and detained, but he was found not to be breaking the law, Hickman said.

Nate Tabak

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