Police arrest 2 men on suspicion of strong-arm robbery

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Editor’s note: Charges against the two men police arrested were dismissed. They received a factual finding of innocence from an Alameda County Superior Court judge. Due to their having received a factual finding of innocence, the names of the men were removed.

Police arrested two men allegedly involved in a strong-arm robbery that occurred early Saturday morning on Channing Way and Dana Street.

Two men approached a 15-year-old male and his two friends on Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way and began pushing and punching them, according to a UCPD crime alert released Tuesday. The teenager and his two friends fled to one block westbound to Dana Street, where the two men allegedly attacked the group again and took the teenager’s bag.

The 15-year-old male and his two friends flagged down a Berkeley Police Department officer at approximately 3:01 a.m., and two men were arrested. The teenager suffered minor physical injuries, and officers recovered some of the stolen property.

Charges originally filed against the two men were dismissed by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, and an Alameda County Superior Court judge concluded that they were factually innocent of committing the crime. Subsequently, one of the men, along with his attorney, filed a petition for factual innocence in order to seal and redact his arrest record, which was approved Oct. 22.

Jessie Lau is a news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jessielau93.