Man smashes windows during Telegraph Ave. arrest

Broken window in a police cruiser. Photo: Berkeley Police Department

A man under arrest broke two windows in a police cruiser last week, according to authorities. Photo: Berkeley Police Department

A man facing arrest on Telegraph Avenue smashed out the rear window of a police cruiser with his head after first breaking the glass door of a nearby business, authorities said.

According to police, 40-year-old Richard Warner of Oakland was reportedly inside a business in the 2400 block of Telegraph Avenue on Aug. 6 when he was asked to leave shortly before 10:40 a.m.

“He was loud and creating a disturbance,” said Berkeley Police Officer Jennifer Coats, department spokeswoman, via email. “As he left the business he stopped and punched the glass to the front door, breaking it.”

A shattered window at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman

A shattered window at Caffe Med. Photo: Ted Friedman

An employee from the business asked police to arrest Warner in connection with the vandalism. As officers tried to detain him, Warner asked if he would be taken away.

“Warner was advised that he would be,” Coats said. “Warner without warning violently flung his upper body forward and smashed his forehead into the patrol vehicle window, smashing it.”

Officers tried to detain the man but he continued to resist, police said. He smashed his head against the rear window, breaking a second window and causing injury to himself.

Police managed to subdue Warner by taking him to the ground, Coats said. Berkeley Fire Department paramedics took Warner to a local hospital for treatment.

Afterward, he was taken to Santa Rita Jail where he was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, probation violation and resisting arrest.

Craig Becker (left) looks at damage to the door at his cafe on Telegraph Avenue. Photo: Ted Friedman

Craig Becker (left) looks at damage to the door of his cafe on Telegraph Avenue. Photo: Ted Friedman

According to local resident Ted Friedman, the incident took place at Caffe Mediterraneum. Warner had “called attention to himself with his loud mutterings and admonitions.” He was asked to leave and became upset.

Friedman wrote that Warner “lifted a dead-weight marble table from the floor and menaced patrons and staff with it. The marble table weighs, reportedly, more than one-hundred pounds, but the heavily muscled man lifted it handily.”

The incident caused $500 in damage to windows at the cafe, Friedman reported. Warner shattered two plate-glass windows with his bare fists, Friedman wrote in his own account of the incident.

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  • Bryan Garcia

    Just one of the colorful characters that the enabling culture of Telegraph (read: People’s Park) attracts, unfortunately.

    I hope that this obviously mentally ill man receives the help he needs.

  • gwumpy_cat

    Imagine how much worse things on Telegraph are going to get if the City Council gets their way and builds their Hobo Hotel downtown.

  • DisGuested

    While they survey the smoking ruins of their handiwork from the insulated mountain fastnesses of Walnut Creek…

  • guest

    Not sure how much it will affect Telegraph, but it will make that stretch of Shattuck closely resemble what Telegraph now looks like. What a huge mistake that would be. Please do not build that use at that location!

  • Snidely

    The Desolation of Arreguin

  • guest

    If I ever need to describe Telegraph to an out-of-towner, I’ll just mention all the people calling attention to themselves with their loud mutterings and admonitions.

  • Thatguy

    I really hope you’re kidding……………

  • William M Popper

    get a little bit real or be quiet/

  • guest

    If something’s gotta give, let it be the window and not the head of the butter.

  • guest

    Maybe this (as well as the knife attack on AC Transit) is the manifestation of meth in our midst.

  • bmg

    sounds like he took pcp follow up in this story im pretty sure thats what it js

  • Doug F

    Almost all police cars just have regular car window glass–laminated in the windshield, tempered (the kind that breaks into tiny cubes) in all other windows. It’s more break-resistant than plain window glass, but not that much. Anything metal will easily break it, as will a hard blow by almost anything. In baaad areas, the police cars rely on perforated metal barriers over the side windows & between the front & rear seats, but putting one in the rear window would block rear vision too much. Breaking & crawling out the rear window while handcuffed is beyond most perps’ agility anyway. When you don’t care about the rear-seat passenger’s sensibilities (as in armored limos), the metal barriers are much cheaper & lighter than bullet-resistant glass.

  • batardo

    Never tried to break a car window I assume? Dude, they are tough. Unless of course you use a very hard, pointed instrument (like a broken chunk of spark plug ceramic) and then the tension in the glass gives out catastrophically. But smashing it with your head is some serious medicine.

  • guest1

    Starting defense! A place at the table!