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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

King Middle School reports suspicious activity after spate of attempted child abductions in Berkeley

Two Berkeley middle schoolers escaped a possible attempted child abduction Monday after a man in a parked car beckoned them to come over and said he would drive them home. Janet Levenson, the principal of Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, on Monday night emailed the school community with information on what she termed “suspicious activity reported by […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

Malcolm X school tells community about possible child abduction attempt

UPDATE, March 17: Berkeley police issued a Nixle alert at around 12:45 p.m. with regard to the possible child abduction attempt described below. The alert details what the 9-year-old student says happened, and says the driver of the van was a black man in his 20s or older, with shoulder-length dreadlocks. The passenger in the van was described as a Hispanic […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

Berkeley police use license plate reader in kidnapping attempt investigations

Authorities have set up a trailer with “license plate technology” at Willard Middle School to help with an investigation into five child abduction attempts in Berkeley since September. An astute Berkeleyside reader noticed the trailer outside Willard last Friday and commented about it using the screen name “careful what you ask for.” The reader, who shared the […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Schools

Berkeley Police announce 2 more child abduction attempts; new vehicle description

Authorities have released an updated vehicle description and more information about five child abduction attempts in Berkeley over the past month, including two that had not previously been reported. Berkeley Police Officer Byron White, a department spokesman, said investigators believe the most recent incident, on Sunday evening, involved a black full-size cargo van, without side or back […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Authorities respond to 2 incidents at Malcolm X School

Two separate incidents in the vicinity of Malcolm X Elementary School on Monday morning brought traffic to a standstill on Ashby Avenue, a state highway, and provoked significant presence from emergency responders and utility agencies. Police blocked off an area around King Street after a power line came down, according to BUSD spokesman Mark Coplan. At around […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime, Crime & Safety, Schools

Berkeley schools on alert after 2 abduction attempts

Berkeley schools, and the local school community, are on alert after reports of two separate attempted abductions Friday morning as students made their way to classes at Willard Middle School on 2425 Stuart St. This morning, just before school, two BUSD students were approached by a male individual in a dark green minivan near the corner of […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Berkeley woman grabbed in attempted kidnapping

The Berkeley Police are asking for the community’s help in finding a suspect in an attempted kidnapping. On Friday, March 7, at about 10:20 p.m. a 23-year-old Berkeley woman was walking home along San Pablo Avenue from Solano Avenue in Albany, according to a statement released by police around 6 p.m. Monday. The woman became aware of a man who appeared […]