BERKELEY, Calif. (KRON) — A suspect used a knife to cut a victim’s purse straps off their body just two blocks from the University of California, Berkeley’s campus on Saturday, according to the University of California Police Department.

Just after 8 p.m., near Shattuck Avenue and Delaware Street, a suspect committed a robbery using a knife. Police described the suspects as around 35 years old, between 5’8” and 6′ tall, with muscular builds and a bad odor.

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Police say that one suspect cut the victim’s purse straps using a knife, and the victim was injured during the incident. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact BPD about case 23-0443.

The University of California Police Department shared the following safety tips for the campus community:

  • Use and encourage others to have a safe means of conveyance at all times (e.g. traveling with a trusted friend or in a group, taking a taxi, or utilizing the free night safety services available to every member of the campus community such as BearWalk or the night safety shuttle:
  • If you need help, dial 911 or use a blue light emergency phone (located throughout the campus and identified by a blue light on top of the phone box or column).
  • Electronic devices are popular robbery targets. Being aware of your surroundings and keeping your devices out of public view can help reduce risk.
  • Please do not delay in calling law enforcement. UCPD strongly encourages the reporting of criminal or suspicious activity in a timely manner.