This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley based on information from the Berkeley Police Department, followed by a snapshot of BPD activity this week. The calls for service spreadsheet is available on Google Docs. See also the San Francisco Chronicle’s regularly published list of arrests in Berkeley. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see Community CrimeView and

April 5:

Armed Robbery, 2600 Block of Fulton Street, #12-16735
On Thursday, April 5, 2012, at approximately 8:38 p.m. an armed robbery occurred on the 2600 block of Fulton between Parker and Carleton Streets. The 24 year old male victim, UC affiliated, was walking on Fulton when he was approached by the suspect.  The suspect had a gun and robbed the victim of his backpack.  BPD searched the area but was unable to locate the suspect.  The victim was not injured during the encounter. The suspect is described as: A Black male, approximately 20 years old, 5’9” in height, with a thin build, wearing all dark clothing.

April 6:

Arson and Burglary, Fenwick Village Apartments # 12-01815
On Friday, April 6, 2012 at 3:39 a.m. UCPD responded to Fenwick Village Apartments regarding a reported arson.  An affiliate of the village was conducting a security check of the apartments when she discovered the common area full of thick gray smoke.  The affiliate and a building manager managed to extinguish the fire which consisted of a smoldering pile of clothes on the floor.  UCPD searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

The suspect is described as: A Hispanic male in his 30s, approximately 5’6” in height, of a medium build, with long black hair in a ponytail, wearing a black and red jacket with white stripes and blue denim shorts.

April 8:

Driving while Intoxicated – over .08 BAC Arrest – 2400 block of Durant Avenue – #2012-18494
On Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 1:39 a.m., a BPD patrol Sergeant make a traffic enforcement stop of a 28 year old San Leandro man who was driving his Toyota Matrix the wrong was on a one way street. When the Sergeant spoke with the driver in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue , he immediately noted objective symptoms of impairment and could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on the man’s breath and about his body. The driver admitted to drinking beer and did not successfully perform Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) The driver, now suspect, blew .125 and .105 BAC on a Preliminary Alcohol Screening (PAS) device. Based on the Sergeant’s observations of the suspect’s driving, objective symptoms of intoxication, his performance of the FSTs and the PAS results, then the results of the breath tests in the BPD Jail, the Sergeant booked the suspect for violations of 23152 (a) and (b) CVC.

Parole Violation Warrant and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 2500 block of Regent Street – #2012-18598
On Sunday, April 8, 2012 at about 6:00 p.m., the beat officer was driving in the 2500 block of Regent Street when he spotted a Berkeley man that he knew had a felony warrant. The man was walking with two women. The officer detained the man without incident.  The officer told the man why he was detaining him and did a records check to confirm the felony Parole at Large warrant. During a search incident to the 32 year old’s arrest, the BPD officer found what he recognized as a “meth” (methamphetamine ) pipe in the man’s pocket. The officer booked the suspect into the BPD Jail for the warrant and violation of H&S 11364.1.

Possession of Narcotics for Sale Arrest – Blake and Mathews Streets – #2012-18636
On  Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 11:32 p.m., a BPD patrol officer made a traffic enforcement stop of a Lexus with no license plates at Blake and Mathews Streets.  The officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the car and saw an open alcoholic beverage bottle on the floorboard. The officer directed the driver, a 42 year old Berkeley man, to get out of the car so he could do a probable cause search of the car for additional alcohol or drugs. When the officer did a pat search of the driver, the officer felt a hard object consistent with a large rock of cocaine base aka “crack cocaine” in the man’s outer jacket pocket. During a further search incident to the suspect’s arrest, the BPD officer found cash in small denominations, a cell phone and additional cocaine base.  Based on the quantity of cocaine, nearly 7 grams, the cash and cell phone, the officer booked the suspect into the BPD Jail for violation of H&S 11351 – Possession of Narcotics – Cocaine Base for Sale, a felony with $20,000 bail.

April 9:

PC 243(c),Assault on Peace officers/Injury , PC 148(a)Resisting Arrest and Warrant Arrest -1700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way -#2012-18692
On Monday, April 9, 2012 at 10:41 a.m., BPD received a call from the 1700 block of Martin L. King Jr Way regarding one roommate issuing death threats against and attempting to batter another roommate. The 24 year old suspect also had a possible warrant. As officers attempted to verify the suspect’s identity, the suspect attacked the two BPD officers. The officers, while struggling to subdue the suspect, called for “Code-3”/Emergency cover. Other BPD officers went to assist and a group was able to restrain the suspect in handcuffs.

The two BPD officers who were attacked were transported to a local ER for medical assessment as both sustained injuries including a fracture, scrapes and bruises and could not return to duty. The suspect/now arrestee was medically cleared at a local ER for incarceration. Officers booked the suspect into Santa Rita Jail for resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer with injuries and the outstanding $20K warrant.

Robbery Via Strong Arm – Channing Way and Telegraph Avenue #2012-18818
On Monday, April 9, 2012 at about 7:30 p.m., a young man said he was walking by himself near the intersection of Channing Way and Telegraph Avenue. Two unidentified male suspects walked toward him and forcibly removed his backpack from his back. The suspects then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

The victim refused to cooperate any further. He was not physically injured during the incident. He described the suspects as Suspect #1 – a white male, 35 years, 5’8″, medium build, homeless looking, grungy and dirty with a beard last seen wearing unknown clothing. Suspect #2 – “a Hispanic male, 25, 5’8″ 170lbs last seen wearing a red baseball cap and a red sweater.

Robbery Via Strong Arm – 2400 block of Dwight Way #2012-18841
On Monday, April 9, 2012 at approximately 8:05 p.m., a 22 year old male was walking east on Dwight Way when two male suspects  approached him from front, blocked his path and demanded his wallet and cell phone. The victim followed the suspects and confronted them. The suspects ran west on Dwight Way on foot. A passing pedestrian found the victim’s cell phone and another called the police. The suspect made off with the victim’s small amount of cash from his wallet. The victim was not physically injured during the incident.

The victim described the suspects as Suspect #1 – “a black male, 20s, 5’7”, 110 lbs, wearing a black beanie, red tee shirt and blue jeans.” Suspect #2 – “a black male, 20s wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.”

Residential Burglary via unlocked window – 1900 Block of Curtis Street – #2012-18724
On Monday, April 9, 2012 at about 8:00 a.m., an unidentified suspect climbed to an unsecured second floor window and entered an apartment. The suspect then went through the apartment looking for items, rummaging through drawers and left through the front door with property including a laptop, digital camera and other audio equipment.

Possession of Stolen Property From Recent Burglary, Burglary Tools & Drug Paraphernalia Arrest – 1900 block of Francisco Street – #2012-18835
On Monday, April 9, 2012 at about 11:10 p.m., a community member called to report a “suspicious person who was looking into parked cars” in the 1900 block of Francisco Street. BPD officers responded and an officer detained the described subject, a 36 year old Emeryville man. The man was wearing distinct headphones around his neck which the officer recognized as possibly stolen from a recent burglary in the 2300 block of Blake Street. BPD called the victims of the burglary and asked them to come to the location of the detention. The victims positively identified the distinct $600 headphones as theirs, in addition to miscellaneous computer parts such as cords and thumb drives. During a search of the suspect, the officer found a flashlight, screwdriver, knife keys and scrap metal. In addition, the suspect had a glass pipe used to smoke cocaine base aka “crack” in his pocket. A BPD officer transported and booked the Emeryville man for violations of 496PC, 466 PC and H&S 11364.

April 10:

Grand Theft of Laptop – value over $950 – 1200 Sixth Street – #2012-18715
A North Carolina man was at a popular restaurant on Monday, April 9, 2012 at about 10:00 a.m. He was eating breakfast when he got a call on his cell phone. Since the call became extended, the man walked outside the eatery to talk for approximately 30 minutes and left his Mac laptop on the table. When he finished his call and returned to his seat, he discovered that the computer was gone. He asked employees and customers but no one had noticed the theft.

Identity Theft/Tax Return/Refund Fraud, 1300 block of University Avenue #2012-18954
On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at about 3:20 p.m., a Berkeley woman called BPD to report that she was the victim identity theft. An unknown suspect had filed her income tax return and received over $1,400 in Federal return money. The woman’s CPA had called her and told her that her E-file of her tax return was rejected for an unknown reason. The woman called the IRS and inquired into why her return was rejected and discovered that someone had stolen her identity and filed her return.

Driving Under the Influence and Possession of Methamphetamine Arrest – Ashby and San Pablo Avenues – #2012-18901
On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at approximately 11:05 a.m., a community member called to report a possible drunk driver as she noticed her weaving in the traffic lane behind her. When the two cars got to the traffic signal at eastbound Ashby at San Pablo, the suspect driver bumped the caller’s car twice with her car from behind. When BPD officers arrived, they detained the 58 year old Pinole woman who exhibited signs of being under the influence of drugs. She admitted to having taken valium and due to her state, BPD called BFD paramedics that decided to transport her to a local ER for further medical assessment. During a search incident to the woman’s arrest for driving under the influence of Rx drugs, the case officer two knives, drug paraphernalia and a bag containing over 22 grams of powder methamphetamine. Upon further search, the officer found cash and a cell phone. The officer’s records check of the suspect revealed that her license was suspended. The suspect agreed to a blood test. BPD eventually booked her for H&S 11378 and 23152(a)CVC and towed her car from the scene. The woman who called to report her as a drunk driver sustained no damage to her Lexus.

Counterfeit US Currency, Fraudulent CA. Driver’s License and False Information to a Peace Officer Arrest -3000 block of San Pablo Avenue- #2012-18929
At about 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, two male suspects went into a liquor store in the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue to buy some beer and cigar wraps. One of the suspects handed the clerk what the clerk determined was a counterfeit $50 bill. The clerk told the men to return the change which they would not. The clerk called BPD. The suspects ran off. While the BPD officer was at the store taking a statement from the clerk, one of the suspects returned.  The clerk pointed him out to the officer. When detained, the suspect said that “he was trying to get his hustle on.” When the officer asked for identification, the suspect provided the officer with a fraudulent California Driver License. The suspect refused to offer his true name. The BPD officer arrested John Doe for violations of PC 476, PC 470(a), PC 148.9 (a) and booked him into the BPD Jail. The other suspect in the crime was not located.

April 11:

Grand Theft of iPhones – 1800 block of 4th Street – # 12-19200
On the evening of Wednesday, April 11, 2012, employees of a computer store noticed that two (2) iPhone 4S were stolen from their displays. On Thursday, April 12 at about 10:26 a.m., the store called BPD report the thefts. No employees witnessed the thefts.

April 12:

Assault with A Deadly Weapon / a Full Soda Bottle  2100 Shattuck Avenue –#2012-19197
On Thursday, April 12, 2012 between 9:30 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. an unidentified male suspect violently threw a full soda bottle at the manager of a drug store in the downtown area. The bottle struck the manager on the chest, fell to the ground and burst. The manager was not seriously injured. The suspect fled the scene before BPD officers arrived.

Snapshots of What Your BPD officers are Doing So Far in the Month of April:

  • Between Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 9:43 a.m. and Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 9:15 p.m., BPD officers responded to 13 calls for service classified as “a person down” in the City of Berkeley.
  • Between Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 2:28 a.m. and Wednesday, April 12, 2012 at 7:38 a.m., BPD officers were dispatched to 94 audible residential or commercial burglar alarms. Two officers responded, investigated and provided dispositions for each of these calls. None of the alarms listed resulted in a crime as they tend to be human error, (wrong codes, house cleaners, custodial staff, nannies, babysitters, contractors and/or house sitters for example), mechanical or weather related in nature.
  • Between Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 1:27 p.m. and Wednesday, April 12, 2012 at 11:02 a.m., BPD officers were dispatched to 13 silent alarms at residences and businesses. Two or three officers responded, investigated and provided dispositions for each of these calls. None of the alarms listed resulted in a crime as are consistently and predominately human error.
  • Between Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 12:33 a.m. and Thursday, April 11, 2012 at 7:58 p.m., BPD officers investigated 29 suspicious vehicles throughout the city. In most cases, two or more BPD officers were involved unless the car or truck was unoccupied. One resulted in a DUI arrest, another a tow and one investigation turned out to be a yet to be reported City of Oakland stolen auto. Several other drivers or occupants were issued citations or were subject to probation or parole searches once their statuses were confirmed through records checks.

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...