BERKELEY -- Police are investigating two armed robberies that occurred on Saturday near the UC Berkeley campus.

At 2:20 a.m., a group of five suspects allegedly approached a 24-year-old man walking near Channing Way and Fulton Street. One of the suspects was armed with a gun and demanded the man lie on the ground as the other suspects stole his cell phone and wallet, according to university police.

The armed man was described as between 20 and 30 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a slim build.

About a half-hour, later at 2:50 a.m., a man and woman, both 21, were reportedly robbed while walking near the intersection of University and Shattuck avenues. Police say one of four suspects attempted to snatch the woman's purse as another suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at the woman. She then gave the suspects her belongings, according to police.

The gunman was described as a black man between 18 and 20 years old, about 5-foot-10, with short black hair. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. A second suspect is described as black, between 18 and 20 years old, about 5-foott-8 with a thin build. He is described as clean-shaven, with a shaved head, and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.

The descriptions of the other suspects in the two robberies were vague.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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