Berkeley police arrest felon, find gun after short chase

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Earlier this week, police arrested a felon on probation after an attempted “investigative stop” near the Ashby BART station, authorities said Thursday.

On Tuesday at about 4:20 p.m., police tried to stop a man walking near the intersection of Harper and Woolsey streets, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman, near the southwest corner of the BART station.

The pedestrian fled, and ignored orders from officers to stop, said Coats. Officers gave chase, and ultimately found the man hiding about a block away in the bushes in the 1800 block of Woolsey, she said.

Officers recovered a discarded handgun during the investigation.


Police identified the man as 25-year-old Rashee Alexander of Berkeley. He was arrested on suspicion of a range of violations, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and probation violation.

According to the Alameda County sheriff’s department, Alexander had been sentenced in 2009 on a range of charges, including illegal possession of an assault weapon.

He is being held in the Berkeley Jail, and is scheduled for a hearing to revoke his probation on Friday at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse at 9 a.m. in Department 9.

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