Police using selfie taken with stolen cellphone to locate suspect

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EL CERRITO (KRON) — Police are searching for a suspect using a selfie the woman took on a cellphone she allegedly stole from a high school student in El Cerrito earlier in November.

Police said a girl who attends El Cerrito High School was walking east on Central Avenue near Clayton Avenue at 12:42 p.m. on Nov. 5 and was talking on her cellphone when the suspect punched and robbed her.

A vehicle carrying five suspects pulled up alongside the student and a female suspect exited it to confront the victim, police said.

The suspect demanded that the girl give them her cellphone and backpack. When the victim refused, the suspect punched her in the head, causing her to lose consciousness, police said. She was later taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police said the suspect took the victim’s belongings and fled in the vehicle.

The victim has since notified police of several selfies taken on her phone that were uploaded into her online cloud storage account. The victim recognized the person as the woman who puncher her, police said.

Police released one of the photos and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call El Cerrito police at (510) 215-4400.

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