1 man cut, 1 stabbed in 2 mysterious Berkeley assaults

Berkeley police cruisers (file), April 2013. Photo: Emilie Raguso
Police responded to two mysterious assaults Thursday (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso

Two men sought treatment at the hospital last Thursday night after receiving mysterious injuries in Berkeley.

They had few details to share with authorities about how the injuries came about.

In the first case, officers were dispatched to Herrick Hospital at about 9:40 p.m. for a report of a stabbing victim who had walked in seeking help.

The 26-year-old San Leandro man was suffering from a “possible stab wound,” said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman.


He did not know where he had received the injuries, but described a location to police that may have been near Channing Way and Ellsworth Street, which is two blocks south of the UC Berkeley campus.

“He provided limited information saying he was walking by a group when he was stabbed by an unknown assailant,” Coats said. “He then walked to Herrick for assistance.”

(The Daily Cal first reported this incident.)

Authorities learned of the second incident just before midnight, when officers were sent to an unidentified local hospital after staff called police to report that a “possible assault victim” had come in seeking treatment.

The 28-year-old Richmond man “provided little information, only advising that the incident occurred in Berkeley,” said Coats. He said “he was cut with an object by an unknown person from behind.”


The man suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Coats said there’s no indication at this point that the incidents are connected.

“Investigators will be doing follow up on the cases to see if there is any connection,” she said.

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