Firearms confiscated in 2 South Berkeley vehicle stops; 2 robberies occur on Southside

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Two individuals were arrested and had firearms confiscated by Berkeley Police Department, or BPD, officers April 29 in separate incidents following vehicle searches.

Patrick Hawkins was stopped near San Pablo and Alcatraz avenues for a traffic violation at 11:20 p.m., according to an email from BPD spokesperson Officer Byron White. When the police searched his car, they found a loaded handgun and a large stash of narcotics, including crack cocaine, base cocaine, powdered heroin, black tar heroin and methamphetamine. According to the email, the handgun was later discovered to have been stolen in San Diego.

The officers proceeded to conduct a narcotics investigation, obtaining a search warrant for Hawkins’ home. The search yielded  “an additional 188 grams of crack cocaine, 73 grams of base cocaine, 83 grams of Heroin, more ammunition and cash,” according to the email. 

Hawkins was arrested “on suspicion of being a convicted felon with a firearm, being a convicted felon with ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed firearm” in addition to narcotics-related offenses, according to the email.

The same night, at 11:22 p.m., James West was stopped for a traffic violation near Harmon and Adeline streets. According to the email, the officer discovered the vehicle was falsely registered to West and proceeded to search the car. During the search, the officer discovered a firearm. West was arrested “on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, carrying an unregistered firearm and having false vehicle registration.”

According to a Nixle alert, there were two armed robberies early Thursday morning. The first of the incidents occurred in front of the Delta Chi fraternity, where three male suspects armed with handguns approached four individuals, taking “cell phones and other property,” according to the alert. The second incident occurred on Dwight Way, where a UC Berkeley student was approached by two male suspects, one armed with a gun.

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