Three teens were arrested Monday night by Berkeley police after they allegedly tried to rob a man walking in a neighborhood south of the University of California, Berkeley campus.
At about 10:30 p.m. a man called police on his cellphone to say he was being chased by the suspects, who had exited a parked car as he walked past, police said.
Two of the suspects then began to follow the man near the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Dwight Way. The victim began to run and the suspects chased him, with the car’s driver keeping pace, police said.
When the victim dialed police, the suspects got back into the car and drove away.
An officer who was responding to the call spotted the car and pulled it over at University Avenue and Walnut Street.
The victim identified the three male suspects, who police described as an 18-year-old from Vallejo, an 18-year-old from Oakland and a 19-year-old from San Pablo.
A handgun was found inside the car, police said.
The suspects were arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and weapons charges.
The victim said he was aware of the recent rash of several street robberies around the campus and immediately grew suspicious of the men when they got out of the car just as he approached.