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CASES OF COMMUNITY INTEREST

Berkeley, California (Thursday, September 10, 2020) - Every month, there are numerous crimes occurring in the City of Berkeley.  Below are some of those cases that have occurred over the past two weeks that involve weapons, violence or incidents that people have asked us about.

Information about those arrested (juveniles excluded) can be found by visiting the City’s Open Data Portal using the associated case number:

https://data.cityofberkeley.info/Public-Safety/Berkeley-PD-Log-Jail-Bookings/7ykt-c32j/data

Note: The descriptions of suspects are only provided on cases where a description has been provided to us and the suspect has not already been arrested.  Descriptions and information about persons who have already been arrested can be found with the above link to the Department’s Arrest Log, which provides information about persons arrested over the past 30 days.

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Suspect arrested after gunfire incident on Piedmont Avenue

On August 13th at 10:32 pm, officers responded to the area of Piedmont Avenue and Channing Way on a report of gunfire.  When officers searched the area, people in the area reported seeing a man in the area with a holster on his hip.  When officers searched the area where the man was last seen, they contacted a man (a 61-year-old Berkeley man) in an off-street parking garage and also found a discarded handgun in a nearby closet.

After detectives conducted further investigation into the incident, detectives discovered that the man was the person responsible for the firearm.

On August 20th, officers served a search warrant at the suspect’s residence and recovered 13 additional firearms—including four assault rifles as well as ammunition.

The suspect (a 61-year-old Berkeley man) was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully discharging of a firearm and several other weapons-related charges.

20-00037774,guns

Case 2020-00037774

 

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Suspect arrested for brandishing a knife

On August 17th at 3:20 pm, a man in his 20’s was shopping in the area Shattuck Avenue and Center Street.  As the man walked down Shattuck Avenue, a suspect started walking toward the man as if the suspect was going to attack him.  When the suspect threatened to stab the man and pulled out a knife, the man ran behind a construction barrier to fend-off the suspect.

Officers located the suspect (a 49-year-old man, no address) about a block away and arrested him on suspicion of brandishing a weapon, criminal threats and violation of probation.

Case 2020-00038334

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Person struck by gunfire in South Berkeley (prior release)

On August 18th at 9:10 pm, officers responded to reports of gunfire in the area of Ashby Avenue and Dohr Street.  When officers arrived, they learned that a man in his 20’s had been struck by gunfire.  The man was taken to a local hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.  In addition to the injured man, officers also located damage from the gunfire on nearby buildings and two parked vehicles.

If anyone has information about this crime, please contact BPD’s Homicide Unit at (510) 981-5741.

Case 2020-00038576

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Attempted Strong Arm Robbery

On August 19th at 7:46 am, a woman in her 20’s was jogging in the area of Walker Street and Derby Street when a suspect approached her.  The suspect told the woman he wanted her cellphone and moved toward the woman.  When the woman tried to avoid the suspect’s grasp, the suspect grabbed her hair—preventing her escape.  When the woman called out for help, the suspect ran away after witnesses yelled at the suspect when they saw what was happening.  Witnesses described the suspect as a Black male, in his 30’s, over 6’ tall, with a lean build, bald or short hair, wearing a dark gray clothing.

Case 2020-00038612

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Suspect charged with unlawful entry

On August 19th at 9:52 pm, officers responded to area of Euclid Avenue and Cedar Street on a report of a suspicious person who was prowling the area.  Just as officers arrived in the area, witnesses reported that they saw the suspect trying to kick-in a door of a residence and directed officers to the residence.  When officers checked the residence, they discovered that the suspect had already fled.

Continuing to search the area, officers spotted the suspect a few blocks away and arrested him.

On August 20th, the Alameda County District Attorney charged the suspect (a 47-year-old Berkeley man) with PC 594(a)—vandalism, PC 602.5(b)—unlawful entry and PC 148(a)(1)—resisting arrest.

Case 2020-00038725

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Strong Arm Robbery

On August 19th at 10:10 pm, a man in his 40’s was walking through Civic Center Park when a group of suspects approached him near the fountain.  The suspects repeatedly punched the man as he lay on the ground.  After going through the man’s pockets and taking his property, the suspects left the area.  Witnesses described the suspects as 3-5 people—one of them described as a Hispanic female, 5’8” tall, with a skinny build and shoulder length braided hair.  Witnesses described another suspect only as a Hispanic or Black male, in his 20’s, 5’10” to 5’11” tall.

Case 2020-00038727

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Suspect charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon

On August 22nd at 2:04 pm, officers responded to the Alta Bates Hospital on a report of a person throwing items inside the Emergency Room.  When officers arrived they learned that suspect attacked two security guards after they told the suspect they had to leave.  During the attack, the suspect slapped one of the guards and struck them with a purse. In addition to spitting on the other guard, the suspect threw a metal chair at the guards before they could forcibly remove the suspect from the Emergency Room.  Officers later located and arrested the suspect in the children’s playground outside of the hospital.

On August 24th, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged the suspect (a 24-year-old transgender person, no address) with PC 245(a)—Assault with a Deadly Weapon and PC 242—Battery.

Case 2020-00039133

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Four suspects arrested after a physical altercation stemming from a traffic collision

On August 22nd at 3:06 pm, officers responded to the intersection of Sacramento Street and Russell Street on a report of a collision, after which turned into a fight involving five involved parties.

When the first arriving officer took one of the suspects to the ground and restrained him handcuffs, another suspect approached the restrained suspect and kicked him in the head.  As other officers arrived, two other suspects ran from the scene—one of them later captured by other officers at Oregon Street and California Street after a foot pursuit.

After additional investigation into the incident, four suspects were arrested at the scene and one suspect is still outstanding.

Case 2020-00039146

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Suspect arrested for Arson

On August 23rd at 10:59 am, officers responded to the area of Byron Street and Cowper Street on a report of suspect throwing rocks at a home—breaking several of the home’s windows. When officers arrived, they spotted the suspect dumping automotive fluid through one of the broken windows and trying to light the house on fire.  Officers were able to quickly detain the suspect and prevent her from starting a fire.

The suspect (a 37-year-old woman, no address) was arrested on suspicion of attempted arson and vandalism.

Case 2020-00039266

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Suspect charged Vandalism and unlawfully causing a fire

On August 23rd at 1:54 pm, officers responded to Sushi California (2033 Martin Luther King Jr Way) on a report of suspect setting a fire next to the building.  When officers arrived in the area, they spotted the suspect across the street (just outside the Public Safety Building)—spray-painting the police vehicles parked on the west side of the street.  Officers confronted the suspect and detained him without further incident.

Investigating the incident further, officers discovered that the fire the suspect set was of some debris on the side of Sushi California.  Officers also discovered that the suspect had vandalized the same area of the building with graffiti.

On August 25th, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged the suspect (a 21-year-old man, no address provided) with several counts of PC 594(a)—vandalism and PC 452(d)—unlawfully causing a fire.

20-39283,vandalism

Case 2020-00039283

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Armed Robbery/Attempted carjacking

On August 24th at 2:50 pm, a woman in her 20’s had just got out of her vehicle in the area of 66th Street and Acton Street when two suspects approached her (and her two children inside the vehicle).  While one of the suspects stood as a lookout, the other suspect pointed a handgun at the woman and demanded her belongings—taking her cellphone and car keys.  When the suspect opened the rear doors and saw that there were young children inside, the suspect told the woman to get the children out.  After a few moments, the suspects decided to leave and were last seen running away eastbound on 66th Street.  Witnesses described the suspects as two Black men, 16-18 years old—one of them wearing a black face mask, a dark sweatshirt and dark jeans—armed with a handgun.

Case 2020-00039420

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Suspect charged vandalism and brandishing a weapon

On August 24th at 5:29 pm, officers responded to the L Dock parking lot of the marina after receiving reports of a suspect smashing the windows of several City of Berkeley vehicles parked in the area.

20-39461,knivesWhen officers arrived in the area, they spotted the suspect walking eastbound on University Avenue.  When officers attempted to detain the suspect near Seabreeze, the suspect brandished the officers—with a knife in each hand.  When officers directed the suspect to drop the knives, the suspect ran underneath a pedestrian bridge and refused to come out.  An on-duty negotiator spoke with the suspect to try and get him to surrender, but the suspect refused—telling officers that he would fight them.  After negotiations broke-down, officers used less-lethal foam projectiles to get the suspect to drop the knives.  Instead of surrendering, the suspect swam out into the water—leaving his knives near the shoreline.

The suspect ended up swimming to wooden pole about 75’ away from University Avenue—spending the next 45 minutes or so holding on to the pole.

Since the water was too shallow for the BFD boat to reach the suspect, BFD used a jet ski to reach the suspect for a water rescue.  Although the suspect initially refused to be rescued, the suspect eventually grabbed on to the BFD floatation device.  BFD towed the suspect to the shoreline—where officers took him into custody.

On August 31st, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged the suspect (a 43-year-old man, no address provided) with PC 69—threatening a police officer, PC 417.8—brandishing a weapon at a police officer and several counts of PC 594(a)—vandalism.

Case 2020-00039461

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Person struck by gunfire in West Berkeley

On August 27th at 7:10 pm, officers responded to reports of gunfire in the area of Tenth Street and Bancroft Way.  When officers arrived, they learned that a man in his late teens had been struck by gunfire.  The man was taken to a local hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

If anyone has information about this crime, please contact BPD’s Homicide Unit at (510) 981-5741.

Case 2020-00039923

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Suspect arrested for attempted murder (prior release)

On September 2nd at 7:58 pm, a man in his 20’s was on Eighth Street standing near one of the RV’s in the area when a suspect decided to hang out there as well.  After some conversation, the man walked away from the suspect briefly to retrieve an item from a nearby RV.  While his back turned away from the suspect, the suspect walked up behind the man and struck him in the head with a metal bat.

Read more—(https://www.cityofberkeley.info/PoliceNews.aspx?id=155815)

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Armed Robbery

On September 4th at 7:02 am, two construction workers were in front of a residence on 2700 block of Belrose Avenue removing their tools from their truck when a vehicle stopped alongside them.  Two suspects got out of the vehicle (one of them armed with a handgun) and demanded their wallets.  After taking the wallets, the suspects left the area.  Witnesses described one of the suspects as a Hispanic male, 39-42 years old, 5’10” to 6’ tall, with a heavy build and short hair.  Witnesses described the other suspect as Hispanic male, 30-35 years old, with a thin build and wearing a black mask.  Witnesses described the suspect’s vehicle as an older model gray or silver Nissan.

Case 2020-00041036

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Suspect arrested for Arson

On September 4th at 1:38 pm, officers responded to the area of California Street and Berkeley Way on a report of suspect starting a fire near an apartment building.  When emergency personnel arrived, the fire had already been extinguished.  With the description of the suspect from witnesses, officers were able to locate the suspect about a block away.  Although the suspect ran from officers, officers were able to catch-up with the suspect after a brief foot chase.

The suspect (a 29-year-old woman, no address) was arrested on suspicion of arson and resisting arrest.

Case 2020-00041098

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Suspect arrested exposing himself to a minor

On September 4th at 2:30 pm, officers responded to a report of a suspect who had exposed himself to two middle school age children at a Downtown Berkeley tea house. After some additional investigation, officers were able to identify the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

On September 9th at 1:46 am, officers spotted the suspect (a 42-year-old man, no address) walking in Downtown Berkeley and arrested him on suspicion of annoying/molesting a minor, indecent exposure and violation of probation.

Case 2020-00041161

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Attempted Armed Robbery

On September 5th at 2:55 pm, a groundkeeper was blowing leaves in the area of Stanton Street and Russell Street when vehicle drove up with three suspects inside.  The driver flashed a handgun at the man and got out of the car along with another suspect.  The man backed away from the suspects and called-out to the other workers in the area.  When other the workers arrived with shovels and other tools, the suspects left the area after a brief confrontation.  Witnesses described the suspects as three Black men, 18-20 years old—one of them wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans (armed with a handgun) and another suspect wearing a light colored short sleeve shirt and dark pants (armed with a bat).  Witnesses described the suspect’s vehicle as an older model silver Volvo.

Case 2020-00041296

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Suspect arrested after striking another with a tent pole

On September 5th at 9:08 pm, officers responded to the 2700 block of Shattuck Avenue on report of suspect striking a person in the head with a tent pole.  With the description of the suspect provided by witnesses, officers located the suspect inside their tent on the 2700 block of Shattuck Avenue.

The suspect (a 36-year-old woman, no address) was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Case 2020-00041342

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Person struck by gunfire in West Berkeley (prior release)

On September 9th at 2:54 pm, the Berkeley Police Department responded to the area San Pablo Avenue and Murray Street on a report of gunfire.  Shortly after officers arrived, a local hospital notified us that a man in his late teens arrived there with a gunshot wound.  The injuries to the man are not believed to be life-threatening.  At the scene, officers also found a vehicle that had been struck by gunfire.

If anyone has information about this crime, please contact BPD’s Homicide Unit at (510) 981-5741.

Case 2020-00041829

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