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University of California Police Department, Berkeley
Tuesday April 18th, 2017 :: 02:32 p.m. PDT


Timely Warning - Attempted Strong Arm Robbery

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Attempted Strong Arm Robbery

Channing Way and Piedmont Avenue
City of Berkeley Police Department Jurisdiction
BPD Case # 17-20856
On Saturday, April 15, 2017 at approximately 12:03 a.m. an attempted strong arm robbery occurred at the intersection of Channing and Piedmont.  The female victim, affiliation unknown, was at the intersection when she felt the suspect grab her purse.  The victim and the suspect struggled for the purse.  The victim screamed and two witnesses ran to her aid.  The suspect let go of the purse and fled in a waiting vehicle eastbound on Channing Way.  BPD searched the area but could not locate the suspect.  The victim was not physically harmed.
The suspect was described as:
A Hispanic male, 20-23 years of age, 5’9” to 6’0” in height, with short black hair, no facial hair, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood up.
If you have any information about this crime, please contact:

City of Berkeley Police Department
(510) 981-5900 / 24 Hours

UCPD would like to remind the campus community about the following safety tips:
  • Travel with a friend or in a group
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings
  • When out and about, keep your electronic devices out of public view as they are a popular robbery target
  • If a motor vehicle is involved in a crime report the following information:  activity, direction of travel, license plate, color, make/model, unusual characteristics (e.g., dents, bumper stickers, graphics, wheels, tinted windows, lifted/lowered), number of persons, etc.
This crime alert has been released with the joint cooperation of BPD and UCPD. 
Clery Timely Warnings are released by the University California Police Department when certain crimes are reported on or near campus property, in compliance with federal law. These timely warnings provide information about campus safety situations, and allow campus community members to take precautions for personal safety.


University of California Police Department, Berkeley
Barrow Ln
Berkeley, CA 94704

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 510-642-6760

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