BERKELEY -- A recent rash of robberies on or near the UC Berkeley campus continued Thursday when two men pulled a gun on a female student and robbed her of a cellphone and purse, police said.
The 18-year-old woman fought back during the attack and was uninjured, eventually chasing the two men away, UC Berkeley police said. Officers searched the area for the men but were unsuccessful.
The attack happened at 11:18 p.m. in the Faculty Glade, a natural amphitheater located near Morrison and Hertz halls, UC police said. The student was walking in the area and grabbed from behind, police said.
One of the men displayed a black handgun and took the woman's cellphone, and the other suspect took her purse and searched it for valuables, police said. As that was happening, the woman broke free and chased the robbery suspects south and called authorities, police said.
Both suspects were described as Latino men in their early 20s, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with black hooded sweatshirts and black pants.
UC police said they have stepped up patrols around campus after five people were robbed on or near the campus in a one-week span last month. None of the robberies have resulted in serious injuries to anyone, but "obviously, it's a pretty traumatic event emotionally," UC Berkeley police Lt. Eric Tejada said after one of the October robberies.
Police have not said whether Thursday's robbery is connected to the earlier robberies.
Police are urging students and others who frequent the campus area to travel with a friend or in groups, to use night safety services, to avoid dark, vacant and deserted areas, and to use well-traveled routes. Clothes and shoes that don't hamper movement also are encouraged.
Anyone needing immediate help on campus can call 911, 510-642-3333 or use a Blue Light emergency phone, police said.
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