This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department and the UC Berkeley Police Department. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see Community CrimeView and

Update, 9:57am: The UC Police Department have issued the following alert:

Alert Number: 11-091311-64, UCPD Case Number 11-03600, ARMED ROBBERY, PEOPLE’S PARK
On Tuesday, September 13, 2011,  at 9:55 p.m., a robbery via knife occurred at People’s Park.  The victim, a non-affiliated 32 year old male, was in front of the men’s restroom when he was approached by the suspect with a knife.  The suspect demanded the victim’s money.  The victim complied and the suspect was last seen walking south into People’s Park. UCPD searched the area but did not locate the suspect.  The victim was not injured during the encounter.

The suspect is described as: A Black male, approximately 40 years of age, 6’04” in height, medium build, and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with two white stripes down the sleeves.


Burglary of Construction Site – Euclid Avenue – #2011-51247
Between Friday, September 9, 2011 at noon and Monday, September 12, 2011 at about 7:14 p.m., an unknown suspect or likely multiple suspects burglarized a construction site. The suspects entered a fenced in area, broke or pried locks off storage trailer sand made off with thousands of dollars worth of copper wire, computers, power and hand tools.

Theft of Controlled Substances/Prescription Medication -2900 Telegraph Avenue – #2011-51464
A 30 year old Oakland woman came to the Public Safety Building (PSB) on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at about 10:00 a.m. to report theft of her medications from her pharmacy. She told the assigned BPD officer she had gone to her pharmacy that day and the pharmacist had a record of another person, a suspect, signing and paying for her meds. The unknown suspect had picked up her prescription Vicodin and Soma without her permission. The BPD officer completed a preliminary investigation and went to the pharmacy to talk to pharmacy employees and determine whether any surveillance tape might be available. He obtained a copy of the log for evidence. The investigation has no further current leads. This is a felony crime classified as H&S 11173(A) No person shall obtain or attempt to obtain controlled substances, or procure or attempt to procure the administration of or prescription for controlled substances, (1) by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation , or subterfuge; or (2) by the concealment of a material fact.

Attempt to Cash Forged Checks – 1800 Block of Solano Avenue – One Arrested #2011-51514
On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at about 2:20 p.m., a 19 year Oakland man went into a bank in the 1800 block of Solano Avenue and attempted to cash a check associated with his newly opened bank account. The same suspect had visited the bank on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at about 1:00 p.m. and after he had left, a bank assistant manager determined the check was fraudulent by calling the name on the check. The person on the check said she knew no one by that name and had not written such a check. When the same suspect returned with another second check, bank employees called BPD, but the suspect fled the bank prior to the BPD officers arriving. A bank employee ran outside and was able to jot down the description of the Green Acura that the suspect got into. This information was relayed over the BPD radio and a Patrol Sergeant spotted the car in the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue. The branch manager positively identified the 19 year old as the suspect who tried to cash a check on the 10th and that day. BPD officers arrested and booked him for two counts of forgery. (470(A) PC) The fraudulent checks were in the amounts of $2,147.19 and $2,237.81. The District Attorney has since filed charges of two counts of 470(A)PC – Forgery – which are felonies.

Robbery Via Punches and Kicks – Shattuck Avenue and Channing Way – #2011-51417
A 22 year old Oakland man had been drinking in a bar nearby in the area of Shattuck Avenue and Channing Way on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. At about  midnight, he left the bar and three male suspects punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground. They then kicked the victim and stole his baseball cap, brass knuckles and an iPhone. The suspect fled on foot on Shattuck Avenue. The crime was reported 40 minutes after the incident but the victim was too intoxicated to recount all the details. The victim had abrasions to his face but did not want an ambulance. Officers conducted area checks but did not find the suspects.

The victim described the suspects as “Three (3) Middle Eastern men – Suspect #1 – 5’9” wearing a Raiders jersey and hat. Suspect #3 – goatee, 5’9” wearing a blue shirt.” The victim could not provide any further descriptions of Suspect #3 or the other two.

Traffic Enforcement Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest of Two (2) Adults – 2900 Block of San Pablo Avenue #2011-51853
On Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at about 11:24 p.m., a BPD patrol officer was on his beat when he made a traffic enforcement stop of a Chrysler for an equipment violation. There were three adults in the car. A records check revealed that the driver, a 42 year old Oakland man was active to felony probation and was subject to search as a condition of his probation. When the driver got up to get out of the car, the officer immediately saw several pieces of crack or cocaine base on the seat. He arrested him and put him in handcuffs. During a further search of the driver yielded 6.04-grams of heroin in solid form, drug paraphernalia, and $900 in cash. An even further search of the driver’s area of the car resulted in the discovery of  24.54 grams powder heroin under the driver’s seat. The woman passenger, a 38 year old Oakland woman had an outstanding warrant and during a search incident to her arrest, officers found 6.02 grams of cocaine hidden in her clothing.

The male suspect was arrested and booked for 2 counts of felony narcotics possession offenses and violation of his felony probation. The woman suspect was arrested for 2 counts of narcotics violations and her warrants. The case was forwarded to the District Attorney who reviews and makes all the charging decisions. The officers checked the second passenger for any wants or warrants, missing person status or other issues then released him at the scene.

Possession of Narcotics Arrest – California and Russell Streets – #2011-51414
On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at about 12:33 a.m., a BPD patrol officer made a pedestrian stop/detention of a Berkeley man who appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. After investigation that determined that the suspect was under the influence on a Central Nervous System Stimulant (CNS), the officer did a probable cause search of the man and found cocaine. The 46 year old was arrested and booked for H&S 11350 (A) – Possession of a Controlled Substance – cocaine.

UCPD Case Number 11-03532 – Assault with Intent to Commit Rape– Hillegass Avenue
On Thursday, September 9, 2011 at approximately 9:00 p.m. UCPD responded to a report of an attempted rape which had occurred sometime earlier at Hillegass.  The female victim stated that she was asleep in the courtyard when she awoke to a man on top of her who was touching her inappropriately.  The suspect had also partially pulled down her pants and underpants.  The victim screamed and the suspect tried to cover her mouth with his hands. The victim said the suspect punched her in the eye during the struggle. The victim began to punch and kick the suspect at which point the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

The victim walked to a family members home who called the police.  UCPD
responded and searched the area but were unable to find the suspect.  The
victim was not seriously injured during the encounter.

The suspect is described as: A Black male, in his early 30’s, clean shaven, approximately 6’04” in height, 150 lbs., with a  medium build and complexion, wearing shoulder length dread locks, a black hooded sweatshirt and black Jordan shoes with a white Air Jordan logo.  The suspect smelled like he had not had a shower in a while.

Citywide Policing Quick Facts:
Between Monday, September 12, 2011 at 12:34 a.m. and Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 2:44 p.m. City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) officers made 67 traffic enforcement stops throughout the City of Berkeley.

Between Sunday, September 11, 2011 and Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12:34 a.m. City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) officers made arrests of 21 adults throughout the City of Berkeley for a variety of crimes.

Between Monday, September 11, 2011 at 0:43 a.m. and Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 3:24 p.m. City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) officers responded to 33 audible alarms at homes, apartments and businesses. All proved false except one which was a prowler on an apartment roof who fled before officers arrived. The rest were deemed mechanical, contractors, human error or wrong codes entered.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...