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From Nov. 12-18, there were reports of five robberies, 11 burglaries, 15 assaults or batteries, one weapon-involved call and one sexual assault, according to CrimeMapping.com. There were also 14 stolen vehicles, nine disturbances and 29 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles reported. There were no significant calls reported by the University of California Police Department (UCPD). Click the links for the latest numbers. The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate; incidents that took place during a range of time are listed unless otherwise noted by the beginning of that time period.
Thursday, Nov. 12
Three vehicles were stolen: at 12:32 a.m. in the 900 block of University Avenue; at 5 a.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Kittredge Street; and at 9:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Deakin Street.
There were two robberies, at 7:50 a.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck, and at 5:39 p.m. at Ashby Avenue and Acton Street.
Police arrested 23-year-old Trinice Suwanabart at 11 a.m. on suspicion of human trafficking, procuring a child under 16 years old and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. She remains in custody and is scheduled for further pretrial Dec. 9. The arrest was prompted by a warrant related to a case from earlier this year. Berkeleyside has requested additional information from authorities.
There was a disturbance at 5:15 p.m. in the 2100 block of Shattuck.
There was a commercial burglary at 6 p.m. in the 700 block of Addison Street.
Friday, Nov. 13
There was a commercial burglary at 3:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Ashby.
A vehicle was stolen at 6 p.m. in the 1100 block of Miller Avenue.
There was a robbery at 6:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Colusa Avenue.
Saturday, Nov. 14
There was a noise-related disturbance at 1:50 a.m. in the 2500 block of Dwight Way.
A vehicle was stolen at 7 a.m. in the 2400 block of Dwight.
There was a disturbance at 3:36 p.m. in the 2100 block of Haste Street.
There was a home burglary at 8:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Woolsey Street.
There was a robbery at 11:48 p.m. in the 2200 block of Stuart Street. Police arrested 18-year-old Hakim Shabazz. He is no longer in custody but is scheduled for further pretrial Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.
Sunday, Nov. 15
There were two felony assaults or batteries, at 1:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue, and at 5:02 p.m. in the 1200 block of Ashby.
Durant: Police arrested two men, 19-year-old Jaime Wu and 23-year-old Joshua Ibrahim, on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon and two related misdemeanors. They are no longer in custody, but have been charged and are scheduled for an attorney and plea hearing Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Ashby: The Alameda County district attorney’s office says it has not yet filed charges in what police said was an attempted homicide of a 16-year-old in southwest Berkeley. The victim was last reported in critical but stable condition after being taken to the hospital with what appeared to be severe head trauma. Police arrested six teenage males: four 18- and 19-year-olds, as well as a 15- and a 17-year-old. The adults have been released from custody. No information was available about the juveniles due to privacy laws protecting minors. DA’s office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said the incident remains under investigation by the Berkeley Police Department. Said Officer Byron White, police ultimately released three young men “without complaint.” The other teen, 18-year-old Berkeley High School student Danari Williams, was released after the DA’s office declined at this time to pursue charges. (This item first appeared in last week’s blotter for timeliness.)
There were three home burglaries: at 3:20 a.m. in the 1500 block of Hopkins Street; at noon in the 2300 block of Roosevelt Avenue; and at 9:50 p.m. in the 1800 block of Alcatraz Avenue.
There was a disturbance at 7:19 a.m. in the 2500 block of Telegraph Avenue.
A 1998 Infiniti was stolen between 1 and 1:30 p.m. from the Ashby BART station, the BART Police reported.
There was a robbery at 2:35 p.m. in the 2500 block of Dwight.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 6 p.m. in the 1900 block of Oxford Street, and at 6 p.m. in the 200 block of Marina Boulevard.
Monday, Nov. 16
There were three home burglaries: at midnight in the 2100 block of Seventh Street; at 8 a.m. in the 2600 block of Derby Street; and at noon in the 1300 block of Arch Street.
There were two disturbance calls, at noon at Oxford and Center streets, and at 2 p.m. in the 1900 block of Allston Way.
Police arrested Phailana Best, 35, on suspicion of robbery, grand theft and other violations after an incident at 4:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Shattuck. She remains in custody with a bail of $140,000 and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Dec. 1. Police also arrested Ieshae Rice, 23, on suspicion of felony grand theft. She remains in custody with a bail of $30,000 and is also scheduled for a pretrial hearing Tuesday.
Berkeley Police officers responded at 5:05 p.m. to Prince Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way for a report of a possibly armed subject running with a gun, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman. Officers responded but were unable to find him.
Two vehicles were stolen, at 6 p.m. at Dwight Way and McKinley Street, and at 8 p.m. in the 100 block of Marina Boulevard.
The BART Police detained a man at 6:24 p.m. at the downtown Berkeley station on suspicion of fare evasion. He was found to have two warrants, for theft and narcotics, from the Union City police and Alameda County sheriff’s office. Officers placed him under arrest for the warrants and took him to county jail for booking.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
There was a home burglary at 4:52 a.m. in the 1100 block of Parker Street.
There were two disturbance calls, at 2:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue, and at 3 p.m. in the 1200 block of University Avenue.
There was a misdemeanor sexual assault at 4:10 p.m. in the 1900 block of Marin Avenue.
Three vehicles were stolen: at 5 p.m. in the 2900 block of Stanton Street; at 8:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Hilgard Avenue; and at 9 p.m. in the 1500 block of Euclid Avenue.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Two vehicles were stolen, at 12:15 a.m. in the 3100 block of Harper Street, and at 1 a.m. in the 2900 block of Regent Street.
There was a home burglary at 10:25 a.m. in the 1500 block of Olympus Avenue.
There was a call involving a gun or other weapon at 3:45 p.m. in the 800 block of 61st Street.
Berkeley officers assisted the Contra Costa sheriff’s department after a pursuit near San Pablo avenues at about 4:10 p.m. According to a Nixle alert released by BPD, the agency helped “in the apprehension of two suspects after a vehicle pursuit.” Two people were taken into custody. No further information was released.
Police responded to Ohlone Park for a report of “three men fighting with a hammer and a pole,” said Officer Byron White, a Berkeley Police spokesman. White said the call came in around 4:20 p.m., in the area of Hearst and McGee avenues. Police arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of exhibiting a deadly weapon. He no longer appears to be in custody.
There was a second-response call at 11:16 p.m. in the 2300 block of College Avenue.
See the Berkeley Police Department’s crime reports on CrimeMapping.com. See the list of calls to UC Police at Berkeley, which are also posted in brief on CrimeMapping, and UCPD crime alerts. 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. The Berkeley Police Department also posts “calls for service” spreadsheets — containing more data — online for those who would like to see more. New reports may be added to CrimeMapping in an unpredictable manner, so numbers may increase in the days after this report. This post does not reflect every call. See recent Berkeley crime blotters here.
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