Two women arrested after 2 strong-arm robberies; 3 suspects still at large

Berkeley Police Department arrested two women in connection with two strong-arm robberies Wednesday night, but three suspects have not been apprehended, according to a Thursday BPD alert.

BPD received a report of a strong-arm robbery at the North Berkeley BART station about 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, according to the alert. A few minutes later, BPD received a second report of a robbery on the 1500 block of Virginia Street. 

According to the victim of the second robbery, the suspects departed the scene in a silver sedan, said BPD spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Frankel. The alert stated that a few minutes after the second report was received, a responding BPD officer saw a vehicle that matched the suspect description driving southbound on Sacramento Street from Cedar Street. 

When the vehicle allegedly ran a red light on Sacramento Street at University Avenue, the officer activated his lights and sirens to alert the suspects to stop. The suspects allegedly ignored him, instead turning westbound on Allston Way, according to the BPD alert.

A block later, the suspects were involved in a minor crash at the entrance to Strawberry Creek Park. Frankel said it was possible the suspects had run into a parked car. When the car stopped, five suspects ran away from the vehicle. According Frankel, the two female suspects did not sustain injuries.

“We don’t know about the three suspects that fled,” Frankel said. “Clearly, they were in good enough shape to elude capture.”

BPD established a perimeter around the block where the…

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