Crime

Parolee hides from Berkeley Police in hole, arrested

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A convicted felon who fled from police during a traffic stop in West Berkeley on Thursday night has been arrested on suspicion of a range of violations, including drug possession for sales and carrying a loaded firearm in public, authorities said.

Rashee Domorris Alexander, 26, of Berkeley, was found hiding in a hole in a parking lot during the subsequent police search. The same man was arrested last year after fleeing from police near Ashby BART and ditching a gun along the way, authorities said at the time. (Berkeley Police subsequently described the hole as “a drainage pipe.”)

Two Berkeleyside readers noted a heavy police response Thursday night, including “patrol cars screaming at top speed,” with sirens blaring, south on San Pablo Avenue. Another reader reported “over 15 police cars with sirens, lights and all,” as well as helicopters overhead on Ashby Avenue west of San Pablo.

Berkeley Police Capt. Andrew Greenwood said Friday that officers had conducted a vehicle stop on a white Jeep at 9:17 p.m. near Ashby and Ninth Street.

Two officers tried to speak with the Jeep’s driver, who was “recognized as a current probationer and parolee,” Greenwood said via email. A female passenger was also in the car.

During the stop, the “driver suddenly fled on foot” east on Potter Street, then north on Ninth, before entering the Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) parking lot immediately to the east.

Police ultimately found Alexander, during a block search, “hiding in a hole underneath the tower inside the OSH parking lot,” Greenwood said. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Police searched Alexander’s vehicle and found a loaded Glock 21 pistol, a digital scale and several empty dime-sized ziplock bags, said Greenwood. A bag with about a half-ounce of suspected methamphetamine was located near the vehicle, along Alexander’s flight path.

Alexander “subsequently admitted that the gun and drugs belonged to him,” Greenwood said.

The passenger was released without incident and Alexander was booked into Berkeley Jail.

He was arrested on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in public, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sales, resisting arrest, probation violation and violation of Post Release Community Supervision.

Alexander was arrested last year in Berkeley when officers said he ran from police during an attempted investigative stop, and allegedly tossed a loaded handgun along the way.

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

He is being held at Berkeley Jail on bail of $195,000, and is scheduled for arraignment March 3 at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

Related:
Berkeley police arrest felon, find gun after short chase (02.22.13)

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  • Chris

    Way to go BPD!

  • bgal4

    BPD down to 165 officers from 205 just a few years ago, many beats and shifts left uncovered, I guess city hall thinks what is good enough for Oakland citizens is good enough for Berkeley.

  • Woolsey

    Sentenced in 2009 on charges including possessing an assault weapon. Arrested last year for allegedly possessing a weapon. Caught this year with a Glock in his car. Whatever this guy’s occupation is, it appears to require weaponry. Does anyone think that maybe locking this guy up would decrease our crime rate. Or does he need another chance to show us he’s turning his life around. Also, kudos to the Berkeley PD for doing their job well!

  • bgal4

    I know sign him up for Obama new $200 million program My Brothers Keepers.

  • Chris

    Soooo true!

  • guest

    That’s peanuts for a national program aimed at trying to turn young black men into productive citizens and yours is a cheap shot.

  • bgal4

    the only cheap shot is Obama’s racially divisive pandering and expansion of ineffective bureaucracies. Every city, county, school district and state have focused on the cause of young black males for many, many years, the results prove pouring more money does not make a difference. Your logic suggesting the state transforms people into productive citizens is dangerous.

    This “program” is race and gender exclusive and likely illegal. Nationally nearly 3 times as many whites than blacks live in serious poverty, how it is fair or constructive to ignore their needs and opportunities. I look forward to reading about the young male or female excluded based on race or gender who successfully sues the federal government.

  • Edward C. Moore

    I am curious, bgal4. What do you propose young black males in this area do to earn a living?

  • Edward C. Moore

    bgal4, I am questioning your criticism of Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper program. You have not answered my question. Let me rephrase it: What do you propose young black males do to earn a living who have no job or prospects of one?