Berkeley police have arrested three 18-year-old suspects for the strong-arm robbery of a 19-year-old woman near the University of California at Berkeley campus early Saturday morning. Police said the woman was confronted near the intersection of Bowditch Street and Bancroft Way at about 1:36 a.m. Saturday by a group of male suspects who started verbally harassing her and her friends.
The suspects surrounded the woman, called her names, spit on her and kicked her and then one of them stole her phone, according to police. The victim, who suffered minor injuries, saw the suspects get into a dark vehicle after the robbery and Berkeley officers who arrived at the scene and found the suspects’ vehicle unoccupied and parked at Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue, police said.
The officers then saw three males get into the vehicle and the males were detained and identified as the robbery suspects, police said. Two of the men were armed with firearms, according to police. Authorities identified the suspects as Blake Brown, Elijah Mayo and Kendall Segers. Police said they don’t know if the woman was a UC Berkeley student.
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