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

Armed Robbery, 2300 Block of Channing Way #11-58567
On Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. an armed robbery occurred on Channing Way near Dana Street.  The victim, affiliation unknown, was walking on the 2300 block of Channing when a male passed her on the sidewalk.  He suddenly turned around, pointed a gun at her and took her purse. The suspect ran south on Dana and was last seen entering the passenger side of a car that had stopped mid block on Dana between Haste and Channing.  BPD and UCPD searched the area but were unable to find the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle. The victim was not physically injured during the encounter. The suspect is described as: A Hispanic male, in his 20’s, with a thin build and dark clothes. The suspect’s vehicle is described as: A late model 4 door sedan, an odd color blue with a large bright yellow strips or something similar around the bottom edge of the car.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Grizzly Peak at Sign Post 15, #11-03600
The following incident occurred at Grizzly Peak Sign Post 15: On Saturday, October 15, 2011  at 3:45 a.m. three unaffiliated males (victims #1, #2 and #3) in their early 20’s reported that while they were sitting in their car at one of the turnouts, they heard a female repeatedly scream and a car horn honking.  They responded to Sign Post 15 where they found two white females in their 20’s standing by a car.  Both females indicated they were okay when asked by the three victims.  An unknown male (Suspect #1) approached the three victims from the other side of the females’ car, displayed a knife and became belligerent andconfrontational.  Suspect #1 began stabbing the interior of the victims’ vehicle while kicking the exterior of their car.  A struggle ensued and at least 8-12 additional individuals driving a white SUV and a black Honda pulled into the turnout and joined the altercation in support of Suspect #1.

The victim’s managed to get away from the suspects and all three victims fled the scene in their car. Once the victims reached the Berkeley campus they phoned UCPD.  UCPD responded and searched the area of the assault but could not find the suspects or their vehicles.  The victims suffered minor injuries. The suspects are described as: Suspect #1 – A White male in his early 20’s, approximately 5’09” in height, with a lean build, wearing a white v-neck T-shirt and blue jeans. Other Suspects – At this time there are no descriptions. Vehicle #1– a 2004 silver Toyota Corolla Vehicle #2 – a white Pathfinder or similar SUV Vehicle #3 – a black Honda 2-door coupe.

Motorcycle Stop Leads to Meth Arrest – South Aquatic Park – #2011- 58906
A BPD Patrol Officer was doing a security check of South Aquatic Park at 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday morning, October 18, 2011. A 26 year old Berkeley man was sitting on his motorcycle hidden between a tree and structure. The officer and a cover officer who arrived detained the man for violating the posted park hours. The man consented to a search and the officer found a baggie of suspected methamphetamine in his possession. The BPD case officer arrested the suspect for violation of 11377 H&S – Possession of a Controlled Substance and booked into the BPD Jail. The BPD investigation packet with report is forwarded to the District Attorney for review and charging consideration.

Residential Burglary via unlocked Door,  2600 block of Benvenue Avenue  #2011-59282
A man and woman left their home at about 12:10 p.m. and returned at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 19, 2011. When they returned, they found their kitchen door ajar, a basement door open and a gate to the yard open. Once inside, they discovered that 2 laptops, IPod, 2 digital cameras and other items had been stolen. The BPD officer called for a BPD CSI for process the scene for any evidence.

Another burglary on October 19, 2011 at about 1:11 p.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue via unlocked window #2011-59166

Hot Prowl Burglary (when a resident or residents are home) via open/unlocked window – 2300 block of Dwight Way #2011-58909
A 21 year old woman was sleeping in her bedroom at 1:33 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. The victim woke up during the burglary, saw the suspect, she screamed and the suspect fled the bedroom. She called 911 immediately and reported the crime. The victim discovered that her white MacBook and Droid phone were taken. BPD officers did area checks but did not locate the suspect. The victim described the suspect as – “ a black male, 5”11, thin build, in his 20s, bald, long sleeved shirt and pants with a backpack.” The victim was not physically injured during the crime.

Attempted Burglary of Garage via window smash – 1300 block of Lincoln on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 between 5:30 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. #2011-59033

Residential Burglary via Window Pry – 2800 block of California Street – #2011-58696
A woman called BPD to report that between Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. and Monday, October 17, 2011 at 12:26 a.m., an unknown suspect or suspects entered her home by prying a window in her living room and stole two (2) laptops. The victim told BPD officers that the suspect likely fled through her rear door which she found was found open when she came home.

Attempted Burglary via screen removal – Resident Scared Suspects Away – 1900 block of Parker Street #2011-58627
Sunday, October 16, 2011 at about 4:08 p.m. a man was inside his home when he heard noises coming from the back kitchen area of his home. He went to investigate and saw two male juvenile suspects mid-teenage wearing dark hooded sweatshirts at the back window. The suspects had removed the window screen. When the homeowner engaged them and asked what they were doing, the two took off running down his driveway then in an unknown direction from there. Officers did area checks for the teen suspects but did not find them.

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...