BERKELEY -- Police are looking for a man who assaulted and robbed a 57-year-old woman Thursday near the UC Berkeley campus.
The woman was grabbed from behind while walking near the intersection of Berkeley Way and Oxford Street at 5:30 a.m., police said. The man, armed with the handgun, demanded money; when she said she did not have any, he struck her either with a gun or his hand, authorities said.
The woman fell to the ground and the suspect ran off with her purse, according to UC Berkeley police. The woman was not seriously injured.
The man is described as black, 30 to 35 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, with a thin build and wearing a black jacket and dark pants, according to police. He was last seen running west on Center Street.
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