19-Year-Old Berkeley Student Attacked on Campus

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    University of California Police Department officers arrested two teenage girls in connection with a  strong-arm robbery after a 19-year-old UC Berkeley woman was attacked and robbed early Sunday morning.

    According to police, the student was walking on a path, talking on her cell, near the West Crescent and University Drive, close to the south side of the Li Ka Shing Building, when she was accosted at about 1:41 a.m. on Sunday.

    Two girls - ages 14 and 17 - approached her from behind and forced her to the ground, police said.

    One girl pinned the 19-year-old to the ground while the other punched  her once on the left cheek, police said. The student suffered minor injuries.

    The girls took the victim's cell phone and wallet, then ran eastbound through the campus, according to police.

    The victim called the UCPD from a campus “Blue Light” emergency phone and reported the attack, police said. Campus police searched the area and located two teenage girls on Bancroft Way, east of Bowditch, who matched the victim's description of the attackers.

    The victim identified the pair as her attackers, and the girls were taken into custody, police said.

    In February, three girls attacked two women with pepper spray in an attempted robbery at Cal. The suspects got away in a white Dodge Charger.

    If you have any information about this crime, please contact University of California Police Department's Criminal Investigation Bureau (510) 642-0472 or (510) 642-6760.