This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See recent Berkeley crime blotters here.
The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From July 10-16, there were 16 burglary reports, 28 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 12 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Four robberies, 15 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and one felony sexual assault were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included three robberies, two burglaries and a sexual assault. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.
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Thursday, July 10
A robbery was reported at 12:06 a.m. at Grant and Delaware streets.
Two home burglaries were reported, at 8:45 a.m. in the 2200 block of Eighth Street, and at 10:14 p.m. in the 1700 block of 10th Street.
The University of California Police Department responded to a sex crime report at 12:59 p.m. at Priestley Hall, 2400 Durant Ave.
A commercial burglary was reported at 7 p.m. in the 2000 block of Fifth Street.
Ayana Dominguez, an aspiring hairstylist and 18-year-old recent graduate of Berkeley Technical Academy, was shot to death in a Wendy’s restaurant parking lot in Oakland, according to police. Read more on Berkeleyside.
Friday, July 11
A jury found Jamaal Prince guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter in 2012. Read more on Berkeleyside.
A home burglary was reported at noon in the 200 block of Marina Boulevard.
Three vehicles were reported stolen: at noon in the 1500 block of Lincoln Street; at noon in the 1200 block of Russell Street; and at 9 p.m. in the 700 block of Euclid Avenue.
A robbery was reported at 7 p.m. in the 1500 block of San Pablo Avenue.
Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 7:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue.
A strong-arm robbery took place at 11:35 p.m. on July 11, according to a statement released by the University of California Police Department. A 24-year-old man was walking on the path north of the Cesar Chavez Center, on the UC Berkeley campus, when four teenagers approached and demanded his cellphone, which he had been using. The victim refused and there was a struggle. One of the teens punched the victim several times and grabbed his shoulder pouch before fleeing on foot west on the path. The victim used a campus “blue light” emergency telephone to call UCPD. Police searched the area but could not find the teens. Two were described as black, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and wearing black hooded sweatshirts and dark jeans. The other two appeared the same height and wore dark clothing; no skin color was provided. Police ask anyone with information about this crime to call UCPD at 510-642-6760.
Saturday, July 12
A vehicle was reported stolen at 4 a.m. in the 2200 block of Durant Avenue.
A commercial burglary was reported at 5:46 a.m. in the 2600 block of Telegraph.
Two home burglaries were reported, at 4:55 p.m. in the 2800 block of Adeline Street, and at 6 p.m. in the 1600 block of Beverly Place.
Via UCPD: A strong-arm robbery took place on Sproul Plaza just before 10:45 p.m. A 20-year-old male student was walking past the Golden Bear Café when he saw three males standing by bicycles. As he neared them, one of them demanded his property. They knocked him to the ground and started to punch him, then took his property and fled on their bikes. Police could not find them. They were described as black, 6 feet tall, with medium to skinny builds. They were all wearing hooded sweatshirts that were, respectively, black, gray and red in color. Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call 510-642-6760.
Sunday, July 13
Three commercial burglaries were reported: at midnight in the 1300 block of 10th Street; at 3:07 a.m. in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue; and at 8:28 p.m. in the 2800 block of Adeline Street.
An arson was reported at 1:48 a.m. in the 2700 block of McGee Avenue.
Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 1:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Shattuck Avenue; at 10:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Grizzly Peak Boulevard; and at 11 p.m. in the 2700 block of Hearst Avenue.
Monday, July 14
The Berkeley Police Department arrested a man they said was responsible for a shooting in Berkeley in late June. Read more on Berkeleyside.
Two robberies were reported, at 12:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of Shattuck Avenue, and at 5 p.m. in the 3100 block of Ellis Street.
Via UCPD: Police arrested a man at Anna Head Complex, at 2520 Bowditch St., on suspicion of burglary. A UCPD officer was conducting a security check on the property when he heard a loud noise and found a man standing on a walkway holding a handcart that was “stacked with items he had taken from the building.” The man had entered the building via a broken window, and had burglarized several offices, police said. Police identified him as 39-year-old Jeffery Parkhurst.
A home burglary was reported at 5:11 a.m. in the 2400 block of Fulton Street.
A vehicle was reported stolen at 6 p.m. in the 1700 block of Fairview Street.
Tuesday, July 15
A home burglary was reported at 12:01 a.m. in the 2200 block of Dwight Way.
A commercial burglary was reported at 5 a.m. in the 1000 block of Camelia Street.
A vehicle was reported stolen at 9 p.m. in the 2400 block of Curtis Street.
Via the University of California Police Department: At about 9:30 p.m., a strong-arm robbery
occurred on the Grinnell Path on the UC Berkeley campus. A 30-year-old male student was walking westbound on the path when he saw three males walking eastbound. As the man walked past the trio, “they came up from behind and punched the victim on the cheek,” according to UCPD. He fell to the ground and was kicked several times. The suspects took the man’s backpack and fled
westbound down the path. They were described as three black men in their 20s, 6 feet tall with skinny builds, wearing dark jeans. One wore a light blue hooded sweatshirt, another was in a dark long-sleeved shirt. Police ask anyone with information about this crime to call UCPD at 510-642-6760. On July 7, there was also a robbery on the pathway.
The University of California Police Department responded to a burglary report at 9:48 p.m. at Priestley Hall, 2400 Durant Ave.
Wednesday, July 16
Three home burglaries were reported: at 5 a.m. in the 2400 block of Fulton Street; at noon in the 1300 block of Ashby Avenue; and at 5:45 p.m. in the 1900 block of Oregon Street.
Three vehicles were reported stolen: at 9:05 a.m. at Spruce Street and Northampton Avenue; at 6 p.m. in the 1400 block of Josephine Street; and at 7:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Milvia Street.
Other recent incidents
A reader asked us about a significant police presence at the North Berkeley BART station Thursday, July 17. BART Police Lt. Steve Coontz said that, at about 1:45 p.m., a woman who was found to have mental health issues was “creating a disturbance on the train and made verbal threats that there was a bomb on board.” Police detained her and took her to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Officers checked the Richmond-bound train and found no hazardous materials or weapons.
The University of California Police Department has released a drawing of a man believed to have committed a sexual assault in June. In that incident, the university received a report of a sexual battery in the Tang Center parking lot at about 10:50 p.m. A 20-year-old woman was walking on Oxford Street near Kittredge Street. As she approached Bancroft Way, she noticed a man on a bicycle, near the Touchless Gas Station, staring at her. The woman continued walking south and crossed Bancroft. The victim was walking through the Tang Center parking lot when the man approached her and grabbed her chest. She yelled and he fled on the bicycle. UCPD officers searched the area but could not find the man. He was described as Hispanic, in his 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium build. He had a full beard and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Police said his bicycle was a “new looking” black-colored fixed-gear bike with black spokes and straight “horned” handlebars “with the ends going up.” Police ask anyone with information about the man or the incident to call UCPD at 510-642-6760. (Berkeleyside originally reported this incident June 16 and again in late June.)
See the full list of Berkeley Police Department crime reports on CrimeMapping.com. See the list of calls to UC Police at Berkeley, which are also posted on CrimeMapping. See also Local Crime News’ regularly published list of arrests of Berkeley residents. Other sources of information on crime in Berkeley include the Police Department’s CrimeView Community and CrimeMapping.com. New calls for service are at times added to the CrimeMapping.com system in an unpredictable manner, and numbers for most types of calls are likely to increase in the days following this report. This post does not reflect every call.
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