Armed robbery, pistol-whipping near UC Berkeley, 3 detained

The man who was pistol-whipped was holding a baby during the robbery, according to preliminary reports.

Armed robbery, pistol-whipping near UC Berkeley, 3 detained
Police investigate an armed robbery and reported pistol-whipping near UC Berkeley on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Ariel Nava Photo

Three people have been detained following a violent robbery near UC Berkeley on Wednesday in which a man holding a baby was reportedly pistol-whipped, according to preliminary information.

Berkeley police chased the culprits into North Oakland, where three people were detained and a block search recently ended, BPD said in response to a Scanner inquiry.

The incident began just after 1:45 p.m. with a robbery via gun near Bancroft Way and Shattuck Avenue, a block from the UC Berkeley campus.

Officers arrived quickly but the suspects were already gone, Berkeley police said.

An officer spotted their car and tried to stop it, but the driver failed to yield and fled "at a high rate of speed," according to BPD.

Berkeley police followed the driver into North Oakland, where a collision occurred and the suspects fled on foot, BPD said.

Officers set up a perimeter near Pearl Street and Fairmount Avenue, not far from the Harrison Street exit of I-580, and initially detained two people.

A third suspect was located and detained with the help of a drone and K-9 from another law enforcement agency just before publication time.

BPD said no other suspects are outstanding.

A community member who stopped in the area of the police search told The Scanner that officers found a loaded handgun with an extended magazine in the backseat of the crashed vehicle.

The investigation remains active, BPD said. The Scanner will share additional information when it is available.

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