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Berkeley Police detectives were able to track down a parolee who police say tried to rob a woman at knife-point earlier this week after a witness took a photograph of the man’s license plate when he fled the scene, authorities said Friday.

Tuesday afternoon at 2, a woman was on Fifth Street south of Hearst Avenue loading items into her car, said Capt. Andrew Greenwood of the Berkeley Police Department.

A man with a knife came up to her and tried to rob her. She screamed and he ran to a parked vehicle and drove off.

A witness on the scene managed to snap a photograph of the man’s license plate and shared it with police, said Greenwood.

The next day, police tracked the license plate to Pinole, where they arrested 59-year-old Dwayne Jackson at 6 p.m.

Jackson was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and is scheduled for arraignment Friday afternoon. Bail was set at $100,000, but he is also being held for parole violation, which makes him ineligible for release on bail.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...