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Robbery elevates concerns

Cell phone snatched from victim waiting at Bus Transfer Center

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Published: Monday, February 17, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014 15:02

A 30-year-old adult female was strong-arm robbed for her cell phone around 5:15 p.m. at the Bus Transfer Station on Feb. 5. She reported the crime to Police Services at approximately 6 p.m.

Police Services Lt. Jose Oliveira would not provide the name of the female victim as of press time on Tuesday. She was not hurt in the robbery.

According to Oliveira, the victim described her assailant as an adult African-American male wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

The victim told Police Services the assailant snatched her cell phone after a “tug of war” for the phone until the assailant pushed the victim and ran off across the street toward the Del Camino-Valencia housing complexes with her phone.

The victim told Police Services she saw a group of students who watched the crime occur but did not intervene or attempt to stop the assailant.

According to the report filed with Police Services, the victim never approached the group for assistance.

The victim then boarded the 76 AC Transit bus. From the bus, the victim said she saw her assailant at the Jack in the Box on San Pablo Avenue, just down the street from the college and Bus Transfer Center, Oliveira said.

When Police Services reviewed the surveillance footage, they saw no evidence of the robbery that was reported to them at the Bus Transfer Center during the time of the crime.

There were no current leads for a suspect as of press time on Tuesday.

Surveillance cameras were installed at the Bus Transfer Center due to a spike in robberies in the fall 2011 semester.

A proposal from the Safety Committee includes the installation of surveillance cameras around the three entrances to the college on Castro Road, Mission Bell Drive and Mills Avenue.

Police Services is reviewing the footage at the Bus Transfer Center to get a better timeline of what happened, and where exactly the crime took place, Oliveira said.

“In response to the robbery we have more police aides on campus in the evening hours to try and curb this issue from happening again,” Oliveira said.

Oliveira said, Police Services has more openings for police aides on campus.

“We’re looking for police aides to patrol the campus in the morning,” he said. “Most of our police aides have class in the morning so most of our patrolling is done in the evening when it’s dark on campus.”

Crimes at the Bus Transfer Center have seen a decline in the past year, Oliveira said.

“I wasn’t aware of a robbery on campus,” medical assistant Derrikka Miller said. “They should have a police report that is sent to students, maybe through a mass text message system so students can be aware of crime spikes on campus.”

Jordan Boone, liberal arts major agrees.

“Even if it’s the theft of a cell phone, students have a right to know,” Boone said. “We can be another eye for the police.”

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