Defendants Sepher Moarefy and Jeffrey Hawkins have been arrested by members of the Berkeley Police Department and are currently being held at the Santa Rita Jail. Officers say the pair was interrupted during a robbery attempt late last week and were taken into custody without incident.
Officers said the men approached a 27 year-old male outside of a Russell Street residence. The suspects pulled out a gun and demanded he turn over his wallet, cell phone and any other item of value on his person. A patrol car happened to be driving up the street at that time and took note of the robbery in progress. The suspects attempted to calmly walk away but were captured a short time later. The victim was not harmed.
Defendant Hawkins has reportedly been charged with criminal threats and attempted robbery. His bail has been set at $150,000. Defendant Moarefy has been charged with committing a felony while on bail, criminal threats and the use of a firearm while committing a felony. His bail has been set at $165,000.
If friends or family members wish to purchase a bond for either defendant their total cost will be $15,000 and $16,000, respectively. If Moarefy has not fully paid off the Alameda bondsman who helped get him out of jail for his previous arrest he will still be responsible for the balance. Bail bonds payment plans are not forgiven if the defendant is rearrested before their case is resolved. He will also still need to appear for any and all court appearances relating to that case.
Both men are scheduled to appear in court later this week. It is unclear whether the defendants will enter a plea at that time.