Man pistol-whipped, robbed near UC Berkeley

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BERKELEY (BCN)

A man was robbed and pistol-whipped by an armed man near the University of California at Berkeley campus Thursday morning, UC police said.

The incident was reported at 2:04 a.m. in the 2500 block of Bancroft Way, police said.

The 38-year-old victim was sitting on the steps in front of the Urban Outfitters store when the suspect approached him and demanded his property, police said.

The suspect had a gun and pointed it at the victim before striking the man with the weapon and taking his laptop, police said.

The victim suffered minor injuries in the robbery, police said.

The suspect then ran east on Bancroft Way.

Berkeley and UC police searched the area but did not find the suspect.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 40s standing between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He has medium to dark complexion and was wearing a black beanie and a dark blue jacket.

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