OAKLAND -- A man wanted on suspicion of forcing UC Berkeley students to withdraw money from campus ATMs has been charged with the crimes after he was located in a Fremont hotel last week, authorities said.
Kody Alan Smith, 24, was charged with robbery and extortion in connection with the incidents and remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $150,000 bail.
Witnesses told police Smith at least twice tried to pressure students into buying several magazine subscriptions, and when they declined, he walked them to an ATM in the Golden Bear Cafe and forced them to withdraw cash.
He stole their money and ran away, police said. Smith was arrested Nov. 21.
Police said Smith had two accomplices -- a man and a woman -- with him during the crimes, which took place at 3 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. Sept. 10 as the victims walked in Sproul Plaza on campus.
Police said they did not have descriptions of the two accomplices.
In both instances, the victims said they were threatened if they did not comply with Smith's orders. The specific nature of the threats were not released by police.
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