Police: Berkeley double stabbing was unprovoked

Police were called to the 1000 block of University Avenue, near 10th Street, for a double stabbing early Tuesday. Image: Google Maps
Police were called to the 1000 block of University, near 10th Street, for a double stabbing Tuesday. Image: Google Maps

The 33-year-old Berkeley man arrested after a double stabbing in a University Avenue apartment earlier this week told authorities he “should have killed everyone there,” according to court papers.

Tristan Chaix was arrested at the scene, near University and 10th Street, and charged Thursday by the Alameda County district attorney’s office with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon identified as a knife. He was on probation at the time of the attack for assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury following a September 2015 conviction.

According to court papers, Chaix was in a home on University “when unprovoked he went into the kitchen” and got three kitchen knives, then “began to attack the people inside that apartment.”

He stabbed two men before the victims managed “to knock the knives out of his hands,” police wrote. Two of the four people in the apartment were taken to the hospital for medical treatment.


“Chaix stated at the scene he should have killed everyone there,” according to police. Victims told police that, had they not been able to disarm Chaix “they would have been murdered.”

Chaix had no listed home address on court papers but, according to his Facebook page, he lives in Berkeley, where he is from.

Police said previously it appeared the man and his victims knew each other, and that Chaix seemed to be intoxicated when he was taken into custody.

As of Thursday, he was being held at Santa Rita Jail with a bail of $165,000. He was scheduled for arraignment Thursday. Future court dates were not immediately available.

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Related:
Man arrested after double stabbing in West Berkeley (03.22.16)

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