The woman pictured is wanted by police in connection with the violent robbery of an El Cerrito High student on Nov. 5. After the robbery, she apparently took several self portraits on the victim’s phone, which automatically uploaded to the victim’s cloud storage, police said.
Police are now asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the woman in the photo.
The incident unfolded about 12:40 p.m. on Nov. 5, when an El Cerrito High student was talking on her cellphone while walking eastbound on Central Avenue near Clayton Street, police said.
A vehicle, possibly a Honda or Toyota containing four males and one female, pulled up alongside the student. The female suspect exited the car and demanded the victim’s phone and backpack, police said. After the victim refused, the suspect punched her in the head, causing her to fall to the ground and lose consciousness.
The suspect then snatched the victim’s phone and “dragged the victim a short distance by her backpack,” police said. The suspect then fled in the vehicle with the backpack and phone. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment and evaluation.
Several days after the incident, the student noticed the photo uploads in her online cloud storage.
“The student was able to capture the images, and recognized the same person who attacked her,” police said. “She notified the ECPD and provided the photograph.”
The El Cerrito Police Department is asking anyone with information about the robbery or the suspect to call the ECPD business office at (510) 215-4400.