The assault took place at Bank of America on San Pablo today

Today at about 1:20 pm two male suspects assaulted a security guard outside the Bank of America at 2546 San Pablo Avenue and robbed him of his revolver. The suspects were armed with semi-automatic handguns and apparently struck the guard in the head before fleeing on foot.

According to BPD spokesperson Sgt Mary Kusmiss, the guard sustained some pain and swelling to his head but declined any paramedic treatment. The bank itself, which is at the intersection with Parker, was not the victim of a robbery or robbery attempt. There were a number of witnesses to the crime.

The City of Berkeley Police Department is investigating. Some community members believe the suspects got into a light blue pickup in the 2500 block of 10th Street (one block west of the Bank) that was driven by a white woman. Preliminary descriptions of the suspects, as described by witnesses and the victim, are “two black males, 19-20 years old, wearing black hoodies, blue jeans and white tennis shoes”

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