Update, Oct. 5, 2016: The names of both alleged assailants have been removed from the story and comments because they were later found in Alameda County Superior Court to be factually innocent. Their attorneys provided supporting documents to verify the decisions. All Berkeley PD records related to their arrests were also ordered to be destroyed.
Original story, Aug. 27, 2014: Two men attacked a 15-year-old boy and robbed him before being arrested by Berkeley police early Saturday morning, authorities said Tuesday.
The robbery took place shortly before 3 a.m. at Channing Way and Dana Street two blocks south of the UC Berkeley campus.
The teenager flagged down a Berkeley Police officer and said he had been walking with two male friends, ages 16 and 17, at Telegraph Avenue and Channing when two men approached them, the University of California Police Department said in a prepared statement.
“The suspects began pushing and punching the group. The group fled the area but the suspects followed them and caught up with them at Channing and Dana,” police said. “The suspects started attacking them again and took the victim’s bag.”
Police arrived on scene and arrested the suspects, identified as a 27-year-old from Los Alamos and a 24-year-old from Richmond.
The 15-year-old suffered minor physical injuries during the encounter, according to UCPD.
Officers were able to recover some of the stolen property.
The 27-year-old remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $100,000 and was scheduled for arraignment at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.
The other man was not listed as in custody as of Tuesday afternoon according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. Berkeleyside has requested additional information and will update this story if it is provided.
[Editor’s Note: The headline was adjusted after publication to increase its accuracy in response to questions raised by readers. Update, Nov. 15, 2015: The name of the second man was removed after his attorney contacted Berkeleyside and provided documentation to show that a judge found him factually innocent of the allegations. Update, Oct. 5, 2016: The same thing was done for the second man.]
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