A person was carjacked at gunpoint at a South Berkeley gas station early Monday morning, authorities report.
The incident happened at Chevron gas station, at Shattuck and Ashby avenues, shortly after midnight.
The carjacker took a gray Toyota Camry from the victim and fled south on Shattuck, Berkeley police said. There were also reports of an associated green Mini Cooper involved in the crime.
The carjacker took the victim's wallet when he took the car at gunpoint, according to preliminary reports.
He was described as a Black man in his late 20s or early 30s, 5 feet 9 with a small goatee and thin build, wearing a black sweater, black pants and black-and-white Nike shoes.
Police searched the area but were unable to find either of the vehicles.
Berkeley carjacking stats up compared to last year
Berkeley carjacking statistics are not readily available online but there have already been at least 19 carjackings in Berkeley in 2023 along with an attempted carjacking last week near Grizzly Peak, according to preliminary data.
Last year at this time, there had been eight carjacking reports.
In recent years, Berkeley has consistently averaged about 14 carjackings a year in total, BPD said previously, putting this year well ahead of prior tallies.
There have been at least 217 robberies in Berkeley this year, up 5% compared to last year at this time, according to BPD's Transparency Hub data portal and CrimeMapping.com.