7 street robberies occur in 1st week of new year in Berkeley

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Seven street robberies occurred in the first week of the new year in Berkeley, according to a Nixle alert released Thursday.

On Jan. 1 at 2:30 p.m., a man entered the main gate to his apartment building on the 2200 block of Durant Avenue when he was approached by two suspects. The suspects threatened the man by telling him they had a gun and then struggled with the man for his cellphone before eventually taking the phone and running away. The suspects have been described as Black men wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts.

On Jan. 2 at 2:49 p.m., a man was cornered on the 3100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way by four or five suspects. The suspects threatened that they had a gun and demanded the man’s property. The suspects took the man’s cellphone and wallet before running away. The suspects were described by witnesses as 17- to 22-year-old Black men with short hair and wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts.

A woman was walking on the 2900 block of College Avenue on Jan. 2 at 10:34 p.m. when a suspect pushed her to the ground, took her cellphone from her hand and ran away. The suspect was described as a Black man in his 20s wearing dark clothing.

On Jan. 4 sometime between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., a 28-year-old woman was walking on the 1700 block of San Pablo Avenue when she was approached by a male suspect. The suspect punched the woman in the face and when the woman tried to fight back, the suspect choked her until she was unconscious. When the woman woke up, she saw that her backpack containing her laptop was missing.

The woman was then transported to a local hospital for a large cut on her face. Witnesses described the suspect as a 20- to 25-year-old Black man who is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and was wearing dark clothing.

On Jan. 5 at 4:54 p.m., a woman was walking on Grant Street near Francisco Street when she was approached by a suspect holding a knife. The suspect demanded her property, but did not get anything because the woman’s pockets were empty, and walked away. The suspect was described as a Black man in his late 20s who is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt.

A woman was walking on Curtis Street near Delaware Street on Jan. 5 at 4:54 p.m. when she was approached by a suspect holding a knife. The suspect demanded her purse and fled the scene after he took the woman’s bag. Witnesses described the suspect as a 19- to 20-year-old Black man wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

On Jan. 7 at 8:30 p.m., a woman was walking on the 1900 block of Haste Street when a suspect came up behind her, put a gun to her head and demanded her property. The suspect took the woman’s backpack and ran away eastbound on Haste Street. The suspect was described as about 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a thin build and wearing dark clothing.

Amanda Bradford is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @amandabrad_uc.