A 21-year-old UC Berkeley student told police she was attacked by two suspects near campus who mugged her and stole her cell phone and wallet. Chase Cain reports.
A 21-year-old UC Berkeley student told police she was attacked by two suspects - possibly a 14-year-old boy and a slightly older young woman - near campus, who mugged her and stole her cell phone and wallet.
Berkeley police said she reported the strong-arm robbery on Tuesday about 8:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Benvenue, which is an affluent part of the city.
She told police that she noticed a beige 2000 Jeep, possibly a Cherokee, parked nearby, idling. As she continued to walk, she heard someone running up behind her. When she turned around, she said the the couple pushed her up against a building and demanded her belongings.
She began to scream and said the two suspects started physically assaulting her and "forcibly" took her cell phone and a wallet, police said.
A witness phoned 911. The suspects fled the scene. The young woman sustained minor injuries.
Now, Berkeley police are looking for: A black teenage boy, possibly 14, standing 5 foot 4 inches with a a thin build, and shaved head, who was last wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt and black pants, and a black female, slightly older than the boy, who was wearing a ponytail, a black leather jacket and black jeans.
Aside from the regular safety tips about walking alone at night, Berkeley police want to remind the public not to walk around with cell phones and other electronic devices in public fiew.
If you have any information about this crime, please contact Berkeley police at (510) 981-5900.