Update 9/13/22: This article has been updated to reflect additional information from a Berkeley Police Department Nixle alert.
The Berkeley Police Department arrested a suspect Monday in connection to a robbery via a rifle near Unit 2 that occurred Sunday, according to a Nixle alert sent Tuesday.
BPD originally responded to a report of a robbery via an AR-15 long gun, according to a UC Berkeley WarnMe alert sent Sunday. However, as of Monday, BPD said the type of firearm is still under investigation, according to Berkeleyside.
According to the original WarnMe alert, the victim was robbed of their backpack and laptop at the intersection of Benvenue Avenue and Dwight Way. The updated Nixle alert clarified that two men in their 20s were walking on Dwight Way when the suspect robbed one of their backpacks via a rifle. The suspect was seen in a white pickup truck driving south down Benvenue Avenue.
A UCPD officer spotted the truck south of campus Monday and notified BPD, according to the Tuesday Nixle alert. BPD attempted to stop the vehicle on Telegraph Avenue, but the suspect fled and was chased by BPD to Russell Street near San Pablo Park, where he was eventually located on a nearby rooftop.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged the suspect Tuesday with robbery, eluding the police and criminal enhancement for using a firearm.
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