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Allegedly armed carjackers escape police hunt in Berkeley

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Authorities conducted a manhunt for two allegedly armed carjackers on Sunday morning after they abandoned their crashed car in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood just before 7:00 a.m. The suspects were not caught. Berkeleyside broke the news then provided live updates. Read on:

Update, 9:10 a.m.: Police called off the manhunt at around 8:45 a.m. after realizing that the two men they were searching for had “got away,” according to Lt. Ed Spiller of the Berkeley Police. Lt. Spiller confirmed audio scanner reports that two African American men who were seen walking on Russell Street during the search were picked up in a dark colored Honda at the median where Russell intersects with Piedmont Avenue. The two men were believed to have been involved in a carjacking in Oakland this morning, Lt. Spiller said. … Continue reading »

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3 busted in Berkeley with firearms, marijuana for sale

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Police arrested a man and two teenagers last Friday night after finding a stolen handgun, a second firearm and a large amount of marijuana in their car during a traffic stop south of the UC Berkeley campus.

Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said officers conducted a vehicle stop shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Haste and Dana streets.

“As they approached the vehicle they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment,” she said via email. “They also observed a bag of marijuana on the floor board in plain view.”

Police searched the driver, 20-year-old Ivan Mendoza of Oakland, and found bullets in his pants pocket, according to Coats. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley assault leaves man in critical condition

Police discovered a man who had been beaten with a baseball bat at 2020 Durant on Friday morning. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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A violent assault in a senior living complex in downtown Berkeley on Friday morning left a man in critical condition, according to authorities. Berkeleyside broke the story, then updated it as we gathered new information.

Update, Aug. 30, 4:15 p.m. The man who was assaulted in Berkeley early Friday morning is still alive and has emerged from a coma, said Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel.

Update, 10:20 a.m. Scanner audio recordings from Friday morning reveal that shortly before 1 a.m., Berkeley police were called to 2020 Durant Ave., near Milvia Street, after receiving multiple reports that a man was “yelling and screaming,” according to the recordings.

Police responded to the scene and quickly took 69-year-old Lawrence Leland Landis into custody, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department inmate locator. An officer took Landis to the police station for assessment. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley mother, daughter charged with physical and financial abuse of elderly relative

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A Berkeley mother and daughter are facing two felony counts in Alameda County Superior Court after authorities say, over the course of three years, they stole from a nearly 80-year-old relative to pay their bills, and almost killed the woman by failing to keep up with her health needs.

Renee Jackson, 54, and her 25-year-old daughter Chanay Jackson were charged last week by the Alameda County district attorney’s office with elder abuse that endangered the health of Erma Jean Jackson, Renee’s mother, and theft and embezzlement from an elder or dependent adult exceeding $950. Authorities said the abuse took place between August 2011 and August 2014.

According to court papers, Renee Jackson, a phone operator, was her mother’s official caregiver, while Chanay was in charge of her grandmother’s finances. Both women had access to Erma Jean’s checking account.

The case initially came to the attention of authorities when Adult Protective Services began to receive reports of physical and financial abuse or neglect, Berkeley Police Detective Alexander McDougall wrote in court documents. As of December 2012, there had been at least five reports involving the family. … Continue reading »

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2 arrested in Berkeley after teens report attack, robbery

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Two men attacked a 15-year-old boy and robbed him before being arrested by Berkeley police early Saturday morning, authorities said Tuesday.

The robbery took place shortly before 3 a.m. at Channing Way and Dana Street two blocks south of the UC Berkeley campus.

The teenager flagged down a Berkeley Police officer and said he had been walking with two male friends, ages 16 and 17, at Telegraph Avenue and Channing when two men approached them, the University of California Police Department said in a prepared statement. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Aug. 14-20

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted.

The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Aug. 14-20, there were reports of 11 burglaries29 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles and 11 stolen vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.comThree robberies12 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and no sexual assaults were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included one burglary and one sexual assault . These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; please let us know up front if you prefer to be anonymous.

Thursday, Aug. 14

A business was burglarized at 1:54 a.m. in the 2600 block of San Pablo Avenue.

A vehicle was reported stolen at 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Hilldale Avenue.

Police responded to a felony assault or battery at 5:51 p.m. in the 1500 block of Alcatraz Avenue.

Police arrested 27-year-old Edward Elsea in the 2400 block of Telegraph Avenue just after 7 p.m. on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, selling marijuana and furnishing marijuana to a minor. He remains in custody and is scheduled for a preliminary examination Aug. 29. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, Aug. 7-13

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here.
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This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted.

The following items represent a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Aug. 7-13, there were reports to the Berkeley Police Department of 18 burglaries25 auto break-ins or thefts from vehicles and seven stolen vehicles, according to CrimeMapping.comThree robberies14 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and two sexual assaults were reported. There was also one arrest after an attempted homicide. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included six burglaries and three vehicle thefts. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or on Facebook or Twitter; please let us know up front if you prefer to be anonymous.

Thursday, Aug. 7

Police arrested three Oakland teenagers after the armed robbery of a Cal student at midnight in the 2600 block of Parker Street. Read more on Berkeleyside.

BART reported a warrant arrest at the downtown Berkeley BART station Aug. 7 at 12:19 a.m. A records check on someone who was detained on suspicion of disturbing patrons near the ticket machines revealed an outstanding no-bail arrest warrant out of Alameda County for violation of community supervision, police said. The subject was placed under arrest for the warrant. (This item first appeared last week in Berkeleyside’s crime blotter.)

Three home burglaries took place: at 5:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Shattuck Avenue; at 5:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Tomlee Drive; and at 10 p.m. in the 2500 block of Benvenue Avenue. … Continue reading »

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1 sent to hospital with head trauma after Berkeley fight

A fight near Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley on Saturday morning sent one person to the hospital. Photo: A citizen reporter
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A fight broke out in Berkeley in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 16, sending a 20-year-old Richmond man to the hospital with head trauma, authorities said.

Berkeley Police Lt. Dave Frankel said the incident began at about 2:10 a.m. at Channing Way and Telegraph Avenue.

“Words were exchanged, a fight started and one guy was severely beaten and kicked by the group,” he said via email. … Continue reading »

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Woman stabbed on AC Transit bus: ‘What did I do that made you want to murder me?’

A woman was stabbed Monday night on an AC Transit bus like this one. Photo: Paul Sullivan
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This article has been updated to include comments by the father of the alleged assailant.

Update: 8/16 If you want to help Mariah, you can made a donation at a You Fund Me site that has been set up for her. It’s like a personal kickstarter: http://www.gofundme.com/d5bars

Original Story: The woman who was repeatedly stabbed by a man when she was riding an AC Transit bus on San Pablo Avenue on Aug. 11 said she had not even noticed her alleged assailant before he pushed a knife into her eye. But she did spot the man who came to her rescue.

Mariah Elizabeth, 21, of Oakland (Berkeleyside is not using her last name) had gotten on the northbound 72M bus at 40th and San Pablo around 10:00 p.m. or so Monday. She was on her way to the San Pablo Lytton Casino. As she bounded up the steps of the bus, Mariah spotted a young man in his 20s skateboarding across the street. He, too, got on the bus. … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Police activity in South Berkeley

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Update, 12 p.m. The Berkeley Police Department has confirmed that officers responded to the 1500 block of Alcatraz Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. “on a report of a suspect threatening a woman while brandishing a gun,” said Berkeley Police Capt. Erik Upson via email.

After arriving, police learned the man might have fled into a nearby apartment. Police “contained” the apartment and several neighbors were evacuated as police tried to communicate with him.

Officers on scene ultimately determined he had left the area prior to their arrival. Upson said the the case remains under investigation.

Upson also confirmed, in response to a question from a Berkeleyside reader, that police had been dispatched to the same area earlier in the evening on a related case. … Continue reading »

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Man uses skateboard to interrupt stabbing on bus

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The Berkeley Police Department arrested a Berkeley man Monday night in connection with the random stabbing of a young woman on a bus, authorities said Wednesday.

Police credited a bystander with fighting off the assailant with a skateboard.

Police arrested Eric Scott Palmer, 24, shortly before 11 p.m. Monday on suspicion of attempted homicide.

According to police, Palmer had been riding an AC Transit bus on San Pablo Avenue when “for no apparent reason, he attacked another passenger,” police said in a prepared statement.

Witnesses said Palmer had walked down the aisle on the bus and took out a knife.

He “said ‘watch this,’ and suddenly stabbed at a 21-year-old woman seated nearby,” according to police.

Read Berkeleyside’s interview with the victim and Palmer’s father.

Another passenger on the bus used his skateboard to hit Palmer “repeatedly and continuously” to distract him from the attack. Police said Palmer still managed to break away at points to continue stabbing the woman. … Continue reading »

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Man smashes windows during Telegraph Ave. arrest

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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.” … Continue reading »

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3 teens charged after robbery via gun in Berkeley

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Police arrested three Oakland teenagers after the robbery of a Cal student at gunpoint south of People’s Park in Berkeley last week.

According to the University of California Police Department, the robbery took place Thursday, Aug. 7, in the 2600 block of Parker Street (near Hillegass Avenue) just after midnight.

According to a UCPD statement, the 20-year-old UC Berkeley student was walking in the area when two young men approached him.

One pointed a gun at the student, who turned over his cell phone and backpack, which held his laptop.

Berkeley Police responded to the area and stopped a vehicle whose passengers matched the description from the robbery.

Inside the car, police recovered a firearm and the student’s property. … Continue reading »

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