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Berkeley, California (Tuesday, July 10, 2018) - Below are few cases from the past week that may be of community interest.

BPD Case 18-37521

On July 3rd at 10:10 pm, officers responded to McDonald's (1198 San Pablo Avenue) on report from staff that a man was setting trash cans on fire.  The Berkeley Fire Department responded to the business and extinguished the fire.  Shortly thereafter, officers located the suspect on San Pablo Avenue (near Monroe Street in Albany, CA).

The suspect (Charles Antone James, Male, 51 years old, Homeless) was arrested for felony arson.


BPD Case 18-37678

On July 4th at 9:15 pm, a resident of the 1200 block of Ashby Avenue reported that an unknown person possibly set-off a firework inside her mailbox.  According to the resident, she was inside her home when she heard a loud bang.  When she looked outside, she saw that her mailbox had been destroyed.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact BPD's Property Crimes Unit at (510) 981-5737.


BPD Case 18-37863

On July 5th at 7:40 pm, a suspect took a package from a residence on the 3100 block of College Avenue-as seen on this video—(https://youtu.be/swLIVQ-je68).

If you have any information about this crime, please contact BPD's Property Crimes Unit at (510) 981-5737.


BPD Case 18-38116

On July 7th at 2:55 am, officers responded to the area of Oxford Street and University Avenue on a report that there was a man there-lying in the bushes covered in blood.  When officers arrived, they discovered the man disoriented and noticeably beaten.  The man (age 35) was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

Subsequent investigation into the incident revealed that the man was actually beaten and robbed at gunpoint shortly after leaving a bar on the 2100 block of Shattuck Avenue at about 1:45 am.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact BPD's Robbery Unit at (510) 981-5742.


BPD Case 18-38459

On July 8th at 8 pm, officers responded to the area of Ninth Street and Hearst Avenue on a report of an attempted stabbing.  When officers contacted the victim, they learned that the victim and suspect were part of a group meeting.  During the meeting, the suspect pointed a knife at the victim for reasons unknown.  The victim stepped away from the suspect (creating distance between them) and the suspect left the meeting.

Officers located the suspect (Mathara Tzaddhi Dambrosio, Female, 46 years old, Berkeley, CA) shortly thereafter and took her into custody for misdemeanor brandishing a weapon.


BPD Case 18-38710

On July 10th at 1:27 am, officers responded to an advocacy program on the 1700 block of University Avenue after a man walked inside and asked staff to call the Police to help him with an unknown problem.

When the officer arrived, the man flagged him down on the corner of University Avenue and Grant Street.  As the officer parked his vehicle, the man walked up to the officer at a quick pace-saying "I need to go to jail!"  When he was within arm's reach, the man took a fighting stance and punched the officer in the chest.  When the officer reached out to grab the man, the man ran away-eastbound on University Avenue.

Several officers pursued the suspect on-foot until he ran to rear of a building on the 1800 block of University Avenue that was completely enclosed by fencing.  After a struggle, officers were able to restrain the suspect, place him under arrest, and transport him to BPD Jail.

When the officer opened the patrol vehicle for the suspect to enter the Jail, the suspect wiggled free and ran away (with his handcuffs still on)-through the Department's interior parking lot.  Officer quickly ran after the suspect and caught him before he could escape the Department's perimeter fencing.

The suspect (Michael Edward Nicholson, Male, 21 years old, Homeless) was arrested on suspicion of battery on police officer, resisting arrest, attempting to escape jail, as well as an active arrest warrant from Lake County.


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