[Editor’s note: A reader has forwarded this email from Councilmember Linda Maio.]
What follows reports another pedestrian robbery with a gun—this one on Thursday at 11:30 in the morning. Because the Police Area Coordinator’s reports, and my own, travel only via the email trees that are available to us, many of our neighbors and visitors to our area remain uninformed of the recent spate of pedestrian robberies, in our area, using a gun. While I don’t want to alarm residents, this is serious and requires more outreach. Therefore, I am preparing a flyer to be distributed around the neighborhood. It will include direction on what to do to help the police should we be either a witness or a victim or have useful information. If you have a staple gun and can help put up flyers, please let me know.
Councilmember Linda Maio
From the Police Area Coordinator report of Friday, November 19th
Daytime pedestrian robbery in Area 1
Regarding the recent spate of pedestrian robberies in the North Berkeley flatlands we learn of another. On Thursday the 18th at 11:30 am a pedestrian in the area of M.L.K. Jr. Way and Hearst Ave. was robbed via gun by a suspect described as a black male adult in his 20’s, 5’6” to 5’7” tall, with a thin build wearing a black t-shirt and baggy jeans. Our Department is taking this series very seriously. Our patrol officers have the suspect descriptions, and our Area Commanders are focusing efforts and resources in the area. The Department is well aware that residents are very disturbed by these robberies and will provide updates as often as possible.