BERKELEY -- UC Berkeley police are advising students and others to be aware of their surroundings after a 19-year-old woman was robbed of her iPhone only hours after an older woman was assaulted and robbed of her purse.
The younger woman, a university student, was awaiting a shuttle pickup at 7:45 p.m. on the sidewalk of Beverly-Cleary Housing Building at 2424 Channing Way when a man approached her from behind, shoved her and took her cell phone, police said. The woman wasn't injured.
The suspect, described by police as an African-American approximately 19 years old, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 170 pounds, ran west on Channing Way and south on Dana Street, but police weren't able to find him. He was wearing a blue jacket and bluejeans, police said.
That robbery happened about 14 hours after a 57-year-old woman was grabbed from behind while walking near the intersection of Berkeley Way and Oxford Street at 5:30 a.m., police said.
That man was armed with a handgun and demanded money, police said. When the woman didn't have any money to give him, he struck her either with the gun or with his hand, police said. She was not seriously hurt, police said.
That suspect was last seen running west on Center Street. He was described by police as black, 30-35 years old, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds. He had a thin build and also was wearing a blue jacket and dark pants, police said.
Police urge anyone with information about the crimes to call 510-642-0472 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and 510-642-6760 at all other times.
Staff writer David DeBolt contributed to this report. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.