Kidnapped Girl Located on Ashby in Berkeley

By Scott Morris (BCN)
Wednesday April 16, 2014 - 10:05:00 PM

Reports that a teenaged girl was kidnapped and robbed in Oakland and dropped off in Berkeley this morning could be connected to human sex trafficking, an Oakland police spokeswoman said today. 

Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson offered few details this afternoon but said in a statement that investigators had learned the incident "occurred in another jurisdiction." 

Watson did not specify where the incident occurred, however, and has not responded to calls requesting further information.  

The girl was discovered in Berkeley at 5:06 a.m. when police there responded to 911 calls reporting someone yelling for help in the area of Ashby and Piedmont avenues in Berkeley, about two blocks from the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said. 

She told investigators that she had been kidnapped in Oakland, robbed and dropped off in Berkeley, and Berkeley police turned over the case to Oakland police, Watson said.