A man was the victim of a carjacking south of the UC Berkeley campus Friday night.
According to a UCPD crime alert released Tuesday, the victim was waiting for a friend in his vehicle near the 2500 block of Benvenue Avenue at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday when an unknown suspect armed with a gun approached him. The suspect then allegedly ordered the victim out of the vehicle and drove away.
The victim, whose affiliation to the campus is unknown, was not injured during the encounter. The vehicle reported stolen is a gray 2006 Pontiac GTO with two doors, according to the alert.
Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Coats said BPD had not received any reports of carjackings in the last four months prior to Friday’s incident.
“It’s an unusual crime,” said Coats.
Coats could not say whether the carjacking was associated with students returning to the city for the school year.
The crime alert describes the suspect as a muscular 5’10″ black male of approximately 30 years of age with a medium complexion and wearing all dark clothing.
Chloe Hunt is the lead crime reporter. Contact her at [email protected]
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