A 42-year-old Berkeley man has been charged with trying to take a toddler from her parents in January with the intent of committing a sex crime, according to court papers.
The man taken from a Berkeley motel room over the weekend “was kidnapped after a marijuana transaction went awry,” police said this week.
Two teenagers with serious gunshot injuries drove themselves to the hospital Saturday night but are expected to survive, authorities in Berkeley report.
A homeless man who grabbed a woman and pulled her across a downtown Berkeley street early Sunday morning is now in custody, being held on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery and more.
BPD: “At this point it doesn’t meet the criteria to be attempted kidnapping.”
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 […]
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 […]
Police are investigating a kidnapping attempt that took place late Saturday near the Berkeley border in Albany. At about 11:10 p.m., police responded to reports of an attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl near Neilson Street and Sonoma Avenue, said Albany Police Lt. Daniel Adams. Police said a man tried to force the teenager into […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Berkeley Unified School District is alerting the community to an attempted abduction of three girls Sunday on College Avenue. According to a notice released Monday morning by the school district, the girls were walking on College Avenue and Webster Street at about 6:10 p.m. when a man near a van yelled at them to get […]
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 […]