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Police are searching for a suspect who assaulted and robbed a high school student in Berkeley on Wednesday morning. Police responded to a report of a robbery in the area of Stuart and Milvia streets at about 11:35 a.m., Officer Jennifer Coats said. The victim, a student at Berkeley Technology Academy, was walking in the area, a few blocks from the school, around 11 a.m. when the suspect approached him, Coats said.
Coats said the suspect, armed with a handgun, demanded the victim’s property, but he refused. The suspect proceeded to strike the student several times with the gun, Coats said. In the altercation, the victim lost his wallet, which police believe was taken by the suspect, she said. The victim walked back to his school where he placed the call to police, Coats said.
The suspect was last seen running east on Stuart Street, she said. Coats said the victim was transported to a hospital to be treated for injuries not considered life-threatening. Police conducted an extensive search in the area for the suspect, but were unable to locate him, Coats said. The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build.
He was last seen wearing a black beanie cap, a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. During the search, King Child Development Center, located at 1939 Ward St., and Berkeley Technology Academy, at 2701 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, both within a few blocks of the incident, were placed on lockdown, Berkeley Unified School District spokesman Mark Coplan said. The lockdown was lifted in about a half hour, Coplan said.
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