New: Attackers Near Campus in Berkeley Used Pepper Spray on Victims

By Sasha Lekach (BCN)
Friday February 22, 2013 - 05:48:00 AM

Three female suspects attacked two female victims in an attempted robbery on the southside of the University of California at Berkeley campus last Friday night, Berkeley police said. 

The two female victims were walking on Dwight Way, near Prospect Street around 9:40 p.m. when they passed three females, all believed to be teenagers. 

One of the suspects sprayed one of the victims with what appeared to be pepper spray. 

The victims tried to run away. The suspects grabbed the second victim, punched her in the face and then knocked her to the ground before also spraying her in the face, police said. 

The suspects demanded the victims' property, but a male passerby intervened and the suspects ran off without any of the victims' belongings. 

The suspects were seen getting into a white Dodge Charger that then drove off westbound on Dwight Way, police said. 

UC Berkeley police assisted Berkeley police in a search for the suspects, who as of late this afternoon remain at large, Berkeley police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said. 

The victims both suffered injuries but refused medical care, according to police. 

The suspects are all described as black female teenagers. One stood about 5 feet 4 inches and had short hair. 

Another suspect was described as having long hair in a ponytail and was wearing a long skirt. 

The third suspect was about 5 feet 5 inches and had braided hair. She was wearing a pink shirt and a jean jacket. 

Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call Berkeley police at (510) 981-5900.