Berkeley Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who is suspected of assaulting a gas station employee on Dec. 21.

According to a Nixle alert, the suspect allegedly came into the Chevron Gas station at 1300 San Pablo Ave. just before 8 p.m., waited until another customer had paid and left the store, jumped over the counter, immediately hit the employee and then tried to open the cash register. The suspect then ran out of the store and fled west on Gilman Street, said police.

“The victim of the assault, a gas station employee, suffered a bloody nose and lips,” according to the Nixle alert. “He was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.”

The police department released photos and surveillance camera footage of the assault “to ask for the public’s help in identifying the suspect who committed these crimes.”

In addition, police released two YouTube videos of the crime.

YouTube video

YouTube video

Image of a man wanted in relation to an assault at a gas station. Photo: Berkeley Police Department

The suspect is described as 5-8 to 5’-10”, 160-170 pounds, wearing a black beanie, white hoodie, black jeans and white shoes.

Police are asking anyone who can help identify this suspect to notify Robbery Detective Joe LeDoux at 510-981-5742 or

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...