College Student Reportedly Carjacked in California

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( – Police reported that on Monday, August 14, three men carjacked a student from the University of California Berkeley just before the start of the new semester. According to Fox News, the report said the men ambushed the student outside a fraternity at around 10.50 p.m. and later took off in a 2021 Toyota Corolla.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, UC Berkeley is tied with UCLA for the top-ranked public school in the U.S.

Earlier on Monday, the University of California Police Department had warned both students and staff about an attempted carjacking that included a screwdriver and firearm and had taken place behind the Cal Memorial Stadium. The police report for that incident detailed how two people who were seated in a parked car had faced an assailant who had attempted to break their window using a screwdriver.

In response, the victims proceeded to put the car swiftly in reverse and fled the scene. Fox News reported that the college town has had at least 16 carjackings this year. According to the Berkeley Police Department, on average, the city has around 14 carjackings per year.

Still, in recent months, there has been an increase in violent and property crimes. Out-of-state students who have been selected to attend UC Berkeley have to pay $44,000 per year according to Jen Louis, the Police Chief.

In 2023, there have already been 200 robberies, marking a 5 percent increase from the same period last year. There has also been an increase in general crime which has led to tension in the community as many parents are wondering why they have chosen to send their children to study there.

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