Student robbed of cellphone on UC Berkeley campus

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A female student was the victim of strong-arm robbery Thursday afternoon while walking to class inside a UC Berkeley campus building.

At 2:28 p.m., the female student was walking along the first floor of LeConte Hall when the suspect allegedly removed a cellphone from her hand by force while the victim tried holding on to her phone, according to UCPD spokesperson Capt. Margo Bennett. The suspect then left the area, according to police.

The victim was not injured during the encounter. UCPD was alerted of the incident by the victim but was unable to locate the suspect.

The victim activated the GPS on her stolen phone, and it was determined that the cellphone was likely on a BART train due to the device’s rapid movement, according to Bennett. BART Police also assisted in searching for the suspect but were unable to locate him.

“While it is disturbing that this occurred in one of our buildings, one incident cannot be a predictor that other daytime crimes will occur,” Bennett said.

According to the UCPD crime alert, the suspect is described as:

“A Black male, in his late teens or early twenties, dark complexion, approximately 5’ 6” tall, an Afro-style haircut with a flat top, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt underneath and blue jeans.”

Chloe Hunt covers crime. Contact her at [email protected].