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Rape, Armed Robbery, Woman Punched – Recent El Cerrito Crimes

A rape on Norvell Street, an armed robbery of a business and a woman punched in the face on San Pablo Avenue are among recent crimes in El Cerrito.

Recent crimes in El Cerrito include a rape on Norvell Street, an armed robbery of a business on San Pablo Avenue, a woman punched in the face on San Pablo and numerous burglaries, among others, according to police.

Rape on Norvell

El Cerrito crimes listed on the Web site crimereports.com for the two-week period Feb. 25 to March 9 show numerous crimes in the city during that period, including a "rape force" on Norvell Street at 5 p.m. on Feb. 25. No other information is listed about the rape.

Asked for further information by El Cerrito Patch, El Cerrito police Detective Corporal Gilbert Tang said Tuesday that the rape is under investigation and that no further information is available for release at this time.

Armed Robbery on San Pablo

Crimereports.com, which the police department uses as its official outlet for crime information in the city, also shows "robbery firearm" in the 11200 block of San Pablo Avenue at 3:35 p.m. on Feb. 27. No other information is listed.

Tang said Tuesday that a robber entered a business with a firearm, demanded cash and fled with cash. The name of the business and the amount taken is not being disclosed, Tang said. The robber was described as an African-American man in his early 30s, about six feet tall with a dark complexion, and wearing a black hoodie, black beanie, black pants and black shoes with white soles, Tang said.

The robber is still at large and police are working on leads as well as reviewing video tape, Tang said.

Battery with Injury on San Pablo

Crimereports.com also lists "battery: serious bodily inj" at Madison and San Pablo avenues at 11:23 a.m. on Feb. 29. No other information is listed.

Tang said the assault involved a man punching a woman in the face on the sidewalk on San Pablo. "The suspect wanted the victim to assist in committing some type of scam, and she didn't want to do it," Tang said. "And that was why he punched her."

The woman suffered a cut to her face, and the suspect, a 56-year-old Oakland man, was arrested at the scene by police and booked for investigation of battery with injury, Tang said. The intended scam may have been a "pigeon drop," in which criminals show or promise a large amount of cash to a victim, with the promise of sharing some of it with the victim if the victim first puts up some of his or her own money as a good-faith gesture, Tang said.

Anyone approached with such a proposition should contact police immediately, Tang said. 

Anyone who has information about crimes in the city or wishes to report any suspicious persons or activity is asked to contact police at 510-215-4400 during normal business hours or 510-237-3233 night and weekends.

Crimes from crimereports.com

Below are El Cerrito crimes reported as of March 11 on crimereports.com for the two weeks between Feb. 25 and March 9. The locations and descriptions are listed exactly as they appear. 

Sexual Offense

Feb. 25, 5 p.m., NORVELL ST, RAPE FORCE

Robbery

Feb. 27, 3:35 p.m., 11200 Block SAN PABLO AVE, ROBBERY FIREARM

Family Offense

Feb. 27, 2:53 p.m., 1700 Block EASTSHORE BLVD, VIO ORD:PREVNT DOMES VIOL

March 3, 4:28 a.m., 11700 Block SAN PABLO AVE, INFLICT CRPL INJ SP/COHAB

Assault

Feb. 27, 2:55 p.m., 1700 Block EASTSHORE BLVD, BAT:SPOUSE/EX SP/DATE/ETC

Feb. 29, 11:23 a.m., MADISON AVE & SAN PABLO AVE, BATTERY:SERIOUS BODILY INJ

March 3, 12:45 p.m., 6700 Block PORTOLA DR, BAT:SPOUSE/EX SP/DATE/ETC

March 6, 9:06 p.m., 1600 Block LIBERTY ST, BAT:SPOUSE/EX SP/DATE/ETC

March 7, 4:19 p.m., 5300 Block SCHOOL AVE, ASSAULT - NO HOSPITAL (REFUSED MEDICAL ATTENTION)

Breaking and Entering

Feb. 27, 11:08 a.m., 5300 Block MACDONALD AVE, BURGLARY/BREAKING AND ENTERING

Feb. 27, 1:54 p.m., 7300 Block GANGES CT, BURGLARY NO FORCE

Feb. 28, 8:15 a.m., 6400 Block HAGEN BLVD, BURGLARY/BREAKING AND ENTERING

Feb. 28, 4:04 p.m., 100 Block SAN CARLOS AVE, BURGLARY/BREAKING AND ENTERING

Feb. 28, 4:32 p.m., 800 Block KENSINGTON DR, BURGLARY/BREAKING AND ENTERING

Feb. 28, 7:55 p.m., 11400 Block SAN PABLO AVE, BURGLARY NO FORCE

Feb. 29, 5:50 p.m., 1000 Block EL CERRITO PLZ, BURGLARY NO FORCE

March 3, 6:30 p.m., 9800 Block SAN PABLO AVE, BURGLARY/BREAKING AND ENTERING

March 4, 8:14 a.m., 11400 Block SAN PABLO AVE, BURGLARY/BREAKING AND ENTERING

Theft of Vehicle

Feb. 27, 12:31 a.m., EASTSHORE, OUT RECOVERED VEHICLE

Feb. 27, 11:59 p.m., 12500 Block SAN PABLO AVE, OUT RECOVERED VEHICLE

Feb. 28, 6:50 p.m., 10000 Block SAN PABLO AVE, TAKE VEH W/O OWNER CONSNT

March 1, 8:37 a.m., TAKE VEH W/O OWNER CONSNT

March 1, 1:53 p.m., 10600 Block SAN PABLO AVE, OUT RECOVERED VEHICLE

March 1, 10:44 p.m., 1500 Block CARLSON BLVD, OUT RECOVERED VEHICLE

March 1, 11:31 p.m., 5500 Block MACDONALD AVE, TAKE VEH W/O OWNER CONSNT

March 2, 11:51 a.m., 1800 Block KEY BLVD, OUT RECOVERED VEHICLE

March 4, 2:17 p.m., 800 Block S 53RD ST, TAKE VEH W/O OWNER CONSNT

March 4, 9:32 p.m., 2300 Block TULARE AVE, TAKE VEH W/O OWNER CONSNT

March 7, 7:37 a.m., 5500 Block MACDONALD AVE, TAKE VEH W/O OWNER CONSNT

March 7, 9:52 p.m., CORONADO ST & FAIRMOUNT AVE, TAKE VEH W/O OWNER CONSNT

Theft

March 1, 8:45 a.m., 1100 Block NAVELLIER ST, G/THFT:$/LABOR/PROP $400+

March 3, 11:15 a.m., 7700 Block BARON CT, MIS - USE OTHER'S ID:CREDIT/ETC

March 8, 6:50 p.m., 1000 Block EL CERRITO PLZ, PETTY THEFT W/PRIORS UNDER $50

Missing Person

March 3, 2:20 p.m., 6500 Block GLADYS AVE, MISSING PERSON

Crime reports in nearby cities

Several nearby police agencies provide crime reports on their Web sites and to the local press. Here are examples from other towns served by Patch:

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Kathy A. March 17, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I know not everybody shares my views about guns; I hate them, and other people do not. But I think it is important to talk about pros and cons. They are called deadly weapons for a reason, after all. Humans being only human, things can and do go wrong. ECPD's website has suggestions about safety matters, such as avoiding residential burglaries. Acquiring a gun is not one of the suggestions on those pages. I'm not saying ECPD opposes gun ownership -- the just does not mention guns -- but their recommendations are along the lines of making your home harder to get into, being watchful in your neighborhood, calling police if something suspicious is happening. I have not seen ECPD suggesting guns in articles about recent crimes, either. I don't have time for a full-scale research project, but wanted to address a few of Eric's apparent concerns. (And note that nobody, including Eric, has cited evidence that having a gun at the ready either prevents crimes, or contains assurance that others will not be hit by bullets.) First is a website about kids and guns. The information is dated, with statistics from CDC through 2005 cited -- I trust that is a reliable source -- but it shows that a good many kids are killed and injured by firearms, and that as of the time the data was collected, a lot of kids lived in homes with access to firearms. http://www.kidsandguns.org/study/fact_file.asp
Kathy A. March 17, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Under California law, someone who shoots and kills -- thinking they were acting in self-defense, but the facts do not support self-defense -- can be convicted of manslaughter (not murder). This is called "imperfect self-defense." See, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperfect_self-defense I'm not going to do the legal research for you, but a person relying on a gun for self-defense ought to think twice before pulling the trigger. Here is a pretty chilling illustration of how things can go wrong: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/family-of-slain-black-florida-teen-devastated-after-listening-to-911-call/2012/03/16/gIQABGdWHS_story.html?hpid=z3 A neighborhood watch person armed with a gun decided that a kid walking down the street looked suspicious. He called 911, against their advice followed the kid, fought the kid, and shot him dead. The African-american boy was unarmed; he had gone to the store to buy candy, and was walking home in his own neighborhood. Several neighbors called 911, hearing the assault and then the shooting. The neighborhood watch guy claims self-defense.
Kathy A. March 17, 2012 at 07:47 PM
In California, the felony murder rule allows conviction for first-degree murder even without an intent to kill, if a killing happens in the course of a felony like burglary or robbery. See, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felony_murder_rule_%28California%29 Again, I won't do legal research for you, but there are many many crimes where the felony murder rule is applied -- because the evidence does not show an intent to kill. Instead, something went wrong. It could be panic; it could be some kind of accident. Then, there is also the doctrine of transferred intent. If a person means to kill someone, and ends up hitting someone else -- that person's mental state "transfers" to the actual victim. See, http://defensewiki.ibj.org/index.php/Transferred_Intent The reason for this rule is that bullets go astray with alarming frequency.
Kathy A. March 17, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Sorry for being long-winded. As mentioned, I know people have different views on firearms for self-protection. If you feel you need one, please be sure that you are well-trained. Please keep your weapon inaccessible to children, and teach them that guns kill. Please be sure that you are in imminent danger of extreme harm before shooting, and that nobody will be caught by a misplaced bullet. Deadly force is only 100% accurate in action dramas. Your neighbor, Kathy
John Stashik March 18, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Was not the recently appended EC home invasion prep a parolee? Into the system, then out, to do more crime. With losers like that on the streets, it makes one think twice about protecting themselves. But when said loser is coming through the front door it seems to me your best ally would be a loaded shotgun. Citizens do have the right to defend themselves in such circumstances. Asking a criminal to wait for you to call the cops usually does not work. These days there are, sadly to say, people who have no problem killing you for five cents, gang ritual, or to ensure you are not a witness. Just like video games. Look at the case of a Berkeley man killed by a trespasser. Or a man in Oakland, killed by burglars. Kids shot for standing on a public street. Our urban area is dangerous. That's why police are armed and when they shoot, they shot to kill--or be killed. I'm not saying to arm yourself with a firearm. But it is one option for protecting yourself assuming one practices and is well trained. Tasers, mace, knives, baseball bats could be alternatives. It is worth consideration in our violent society where felons are routinely released to prey on decent citizens again and again.

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