2 felons with assault rifle charged in Berkeley burglary

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Two four-time felons charged earlier this month with a recent Berkeley burglary are set to go before an Alameda County judge for a pre-trial hearing Thursday morning.

Antonio Perry of Berkeley and Antoine Ford of Antioch were arrested Nov. 26 after a report of a “hot prowl” burglary in Berkeley in the 2400 block of Haste Street, just east of Telegraph Avenue, during which a suspect smashed a glass door to an apartment while the unknowing resident was asleep inside.

Berkeley Police said, in court documents, that a witness reported seeing one of the men, identified as Ford, enter a home on Haste while a man identified as Perry acted as a lookout and, later, a get-away driver.

The witness told police that Ford broke the apartment door just before midnight, then left in a vehicle driven by Perry. Police responded to the area but were unable to find them, and the apartment resident told police that nothing had been taken.

Less than two hours later, the witness again called police to report that the car, a Ford Focus, and several occupants had returned to the block.

According to court documents, officers responded and spoke with a man in the car, which was parked in front of a residence next door to the apartment that had earlier been burglarized.

Police said they found a center-fire rifle with a detachable 30-round magazine “in plain view in the back seat” of the Ford. Police said the weapon would have been accessible to all passengers in the vehicle.

The witness identified the man in the car as one of the people who had been in the area earlier. Police identified that man as Perry, the driver and look-out, who was a convicted felon on parole.

Four blocks away, another Berkeley Police officer stopped two men in the street, one of whom matched the description from the earlier incident. Police identified that man as Ford, a felon on federal probation.

The second man was identified as 40-year-old Berce Perry, who police said was on parole and probation, which specified a curfew of 10 p.m. He was arrested on suspicion of violating his parole and probation terms, and is scheduled for arraignment Dec. 13.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office charged Ford, 29, and Antonio Perry, 34, with first-degree residential burglary. Perry was also charged with possession of an assault rifle identified in court documents as a “semi-automatic carbine, C.A.I. SKS clone, 7.62×39 caliber” weapon.

(Police initially arrested both men on suspicion of being in possession of the firearm, but the district attorney’s office only filed weapon-related charges in connection with Antonio Perry.)

According to court documents, Ford has four prior Alameda County felony convictions: in 2002 of possession for sale of cocaine base; in 2003 for sale or transportation of a controlled substance; in 2006 for possession of a firearm by a felon with priors; and in September 2013 for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Ford received prison terms for the 2002 and 2006 convictions, and probation in the other two cases.

Antonio Perry also had four prior felony convictions in Alameda County: separate convictions in 2005 for possession for sale of cocaine base, and sale or transportation of a controlled substance; in 2008 for possession for sale of cocaine base; and in 2010 for sale or offering to sell a controlled substance. He was sentenced to prison terms in the three earlier cases, and probation in the 2010 case.

Ford and Antonio Perry are scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Thursday at 9:05 a.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland in Department 115.

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  • Sarcasm Man

    Yes, because nobody has ever been killed by an attacker wielding a knife, rock, or flower pot. Take away guns and everyone will be safe all the time.

  • Fact Checker

    I’m not aware of any studies showing that all individuals who commit suicide with a gun are 14 year old boys using their parents’ firearms after a breakup. Can you please share your source documents with us?

  • williamdiamon

    Yes, let’s look at the data.
    You mentioned suicide, America has the most guns because of our 2nd Amendment, but ranks 43rd in the world for suicide rates. That means people in 42 other nations have the ability to commit this act with kitchen utensils, at will.
    Therefore guns cannot factor into this equation, unless you consider guns make us safer than the other 42 nations. People have been committing this act long before there were guns as it is an act caused by depression and emotional trauma. I have yet to imagine a law that can effect this mental condition.
    You mentioned homicide. I have pointed out to you that between 50% and 80% of our crime and murder rates are because of gang warfare over drug turf in our inner cities. You have yet to address this issue to me. I am waiting.

    “No legitimate purpose”. I have pointed out to you the defensive use of guns. This is recognized even by the CDC, one of the most fervent anti-gun organizations in America. Their figures are between 500,000 and 3,000,000 times a year. Are they making it up?
    You say I’m simply repeating “gun industry rhetoric”. Show a link of my sentiments to the “gun industry”.

  • williamdiamon

    They don’t actually have facts on their side of the argument, or common sense, or history. Insults are their only defense to the facts, and emotion their only tool. Notice the emotion is real, it’s just misdirected. Logic is not their friend.

    They actually have a playbook, it’s called “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging” and you can find this online. You will notice the lack of facts and the emphasis of “playing on emotions” through out it’s length.

  • williamdiamon

    I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have held off an onslaught of ignorance and evil this year. Our Founding Fathers and Patriots would be proud. The new year promises more challenges in this, the “animated contest of freedom”. Peace brother.

  • nucleardeath57

    Same to you and yours my friend. It is a pleasure to have someone with such a command of the art of the debate on the same side.
    I think we will have this opportunity often during the next year.

  • norgedane

    We can pay a little more for manufactured items NOT from China, pay a little more at stores that cut prices so they can only have ONE checkout clerk that 30 people are waiting in line for or we can pay higher taxes for education (and for a couple generations, re-education of adults not from homes that taught their children employability). Or we can pay higher taxes for humane incarceration. There is no free lunch.

    These men are “surplus people” who lack the capacity to develop social media platforms or wipe butts.