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Shooting in Berkeley sends 38-year-old man to hospital

The shooting occurred on the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue near the intersection with Ashby. Image: Google Images
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Update, June 27, 1 a.m. The Berkeley Police Department has identified the victim from Thursday night’s shooting as a 38-year-old man, and classified his injuries as “serious.”

Police said, in a statement released shortly before 1 a.m., they believe the suspect from the shooting may have fled to the 1300 block of Ashby Avenue, about a block east of the attack, which took place at San Pablo Avenue and Ashby.

Officers “conducted an extensive search” but did not find the shooter, authorities said. … Continue reading »

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After 4 house raids, police arrest 1 Berkeley man; second is ‘armed and dangerous,’ still sought

Anthony Durant: wanted on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in a double shooting that happened in Berkeley on June 11, 2014. Photo: courtesy BPD
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Police arrested one man, suspected of being involved in a June 11 double shooting in Berkeley, after serving four search warrants on Thursday morning. Another man is still being sought as a suspect in the same case and should be considered armed and dangerous, they said.

Thursday morning, members of the Berkeley Police Department Special Response Team and Investigations Bureau served three search warrants in Berkeley and one in Oakland related to the June 11 shooting that occurred in the 1600 block of Russell Street.

Investigations into the shootings by Berkeley Police, working alongside Oakland Police and the Alameda County sheriff’s department, implicated Donzale Mejia, a 22-year-old Oakland resident, and Anthony Durant, a 23-year-old Berkeley resident, as suspects, authorities said. Mejia was arrested Thursday morning in Oakland during the execution of a search warrant. The Berkeley Police Department is seeking the community’s help in apprehending Durant. … Continue reading »

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Breaking: Authorities raid one or more homes in Berkeley

Blake Street raid
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The photo, left, shows the scene Thursday morning at around 7:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Blake Street in Berkeley, east of California Street.

Witnesses describe a SWAT-like team surrounding a house on that block. One said there was a military-style van behind police cars with a man on top behind a bulletproof disc telling someone to come out.

“There was a SWAT team, an armored vehicle plus about eight black and whites with at least 12 officers on the scene,” wrote one neighbor by email.

One neighbor was told by a police officer that they were there to execute a search warrant.

Another said she saw a man in a shirt that said “negotiator” on the back.

The house at 1634 Blake St. was the scene of a homicide in March 2011.

At around 9:30 a.m., Berkeleyside received several tips from readers that a separate, similar type of raid was happening in the 1500 or 1600 block of Julia Street, eight blocks south of Blake Street. Again, this information is unconfirmed. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Police seek info, suspect after sexual assault

There have been 58 sexual assaults reported in Berkeley since January 1. Image: CrimeMapping.com
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The Berkeley Police Department is looking for a man reported to have sexually assaulted a woman in her 30s early Sunday morning not far from the UC Berkeley campus.

According to a notice released by the department Wednesday evening, the assault took place just after 2 a.m. Sunday.

The woman told police she had been walking alone on a side street west of the 2300 block of Telegraph Avenue, just south of the University of California at Berkeley campus, when she was attacked from behind by an unknown man. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, June 12-18

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. See recent Berkeley crime coverage here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From June 12-18, there were 19 burglary reports22 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and eight stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comEight robberies16 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries and one sexual assault were reported. Significant incidents from the University of California Police Department included one robbery, four burglaries and a sexual assault. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

[Editor's Note: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or via Facebook or Twitter; please let us know when you write if you prefer to be anonymous.] 

Thursday, June 12

Three home burglaries were reported: at 4:50 a.m. in the 2200 block of Haste Street; at 7:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of 66th Street; and at 11 p.m. in the 2300 block of Durant Avenue.

A parolee who led police on a short foot chase Thursday was linked to a stolen car full of burglary tools. Just before 1 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department received a call about a man in South Berkeley who was slumped over in a car that reportedly had been running for three hours, said Capt. Andrew Greenwood, in the 2900 block of Adeline Street. Police responded and found a 41-year-old man who was later identified as Roberto Pasillas of Berkeley. He was arrested after running from police. Pasillas remains in custody and is scheduled for a hearing to revoke his parole on June 27, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. (Read more on Berkeleyside.)

The Berkeley Police Department arrested a man alleged to have tried to shoot and kill his wife in West Berkeley. According to Berkeley Police, the incident occurred in the 800 block of Bancroft Way between Fifth and Sixth streets at 10 p.m. The 68-year-old man, Harold Owen Covington was at home when he got into a verbal dispute with his wife. According to court papers, the woman came home after visiting a friend to find all the doors locked. When she tried to go inside, police said Covington told her, “If you come in, I’ll blow your head off.” Police said he then opened the door slightly, pointed his shotgun at her head and chest, and said again he would kill her. She asked him to put down the gun, and he refused, according to court papers, telling her that she had disrespected him. She grabbed the shotgun and pushed it away from her. They struggled briefly and the gun went off, striking the top of their door. Afterward, the woman was able to talk Covington into putting down the weapon and letting her inside. The woman called police Saturday, June 14, shortly after 5 a.m. to report what had happened. Officers responded to the home and arrested Covington on suspicion of attempted homicide. He is being held on several related charges with a $115,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing June 25 at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland. (Berkeleyside broke the news about this incident June 16.)Continue reading »

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Alleged Berkeley Hills robber headed to court

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A felon authorities say is responsible for the armed robbery of a 77-year-old woman in her North Berkeley Hills home in March is headed to court next week to face two felony charges.

According to the Alameda County district attorney’s office, Johnathan Troy Lee robbed the woman March 24. The 22-year-old is facing first-degree residential robbery and burglary charges.

According to the Berkeley Police Department, Lee and another male entered the woman’s house, in the 1100 block of Park Hills Road shortly after 2 p.m. They were able to get inside through the home’s front door, which was unlocked. … Continue reading »

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2 men charged after back-to-back Berkeley robberies

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Two alleged robbers have been charged and are headed to court after victims in two incidents earlier this month just south of the UC Berkeley campus identified them to police.

According to a statement released by the University of California Police Department, both robberies happened in the early morning hours of June 3.

The victim in one told police he was robbed outside the Durant Hotel, at Durant Avenue and Bowditch Street. The other victim flagged down an officer at 1:30 a.m. after he was robbed at Durant and College Avenue, one block east. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, June 5-11

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. See recent Berkeley crime coverage here.

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From June 5-11, there were 14 burglary reports25 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and five stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSix robberies and 12 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

[Editor's Note: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com or via Facebook or Twitter; please let us know when you write if you prefer to be anonymous.] 

Thursday, June 5

Two home burglaries were reported, at 12:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Addison Street, and at 6 a.m. in the same block.

A robbery was reported at 8:55 a.m. in the 2400 block of Shattuck Avenue. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley police chase leads to stolen car, burglary tools

A man found in a stolen car led police on a short foot chase Thursday. Image: Google Maps
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A man who led police on a short foot chase Thursday was linked to a stolen car full of burglary tools, authorities said Friday.

Thursday just before 1 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department received a call about a man in South Berkeley who was slumped over in a car that reportedly had been running for three hours, said Capt. Andrew Greenwood.

Police and paramedics responded to the 2900 block of Adeline Street, and found a 41-year-old man who was later identified as Roberto Pasillas of Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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Wanted man causes major injury wreck on I-80

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A man wanted for weapons violations and kidnapping was arrested in Berkeley on Saturday night after crashing into several vehicles on the highway and sending two people to the hospital.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the agency received a call shortly before 7 p.m. about a “reckless driver in a small red vehicle” on Interstate 80 near Gilman Street in Berkeley.  … Continue reading »

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Trio in South Berkeley robs teen of shoes

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A 16-year-old boy was hit, held down and robbed over the weekend of his hat and shoes, police said this week.

The teenager was walking just before 10 p.m. Saturday near Woolsey and Ellis streets when three males attacked him, said Officer Jennifer Coats, Berkeley Police spokeswoman.

The assailants, all three of whom appeared to be 16 to 17 years old, approached the victim, struck him several times and wrestled him to the ground, said Coats. … Continue reading »

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Police make arrest in South Berkeley double shooting

Berkeley Police at the scene of a double shooting in South Berkeley on Wednesday. Photo: Charles Siler
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Update, June 14: According to the Daily Cal, Wood’s arraignment Friday afternoon was canceled. He is no longer in custody, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department, and no charges appear to have been filed.

Original story, June 12, 3:40 p.m. A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the South Berkeley shooting that sent two people to the hospital Wednesday.

The Berkeley Police Department originally arrested Charles Wood on suspicion of assault with a firearm on a person, and receiving known stolen property, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department. [Update, 6:50 p.m. According to the sheriff's department, Wood's alleged violations are now listed as being an accessory, and receiving known stolen property worth more than $400. His bail has been lowered to $20,000 from $80,000.] … Continue reading »

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Gunshots in South Berkeley, 2 victims

Berkeley Police at the scene of a double shooting in South Berkeley on Wednesday. Photo: Charles Siler
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Update, 6:17 p.m. A local resident, who asked not to be named due to safety concerns, said he heard about 10 gunshots just after 4:30 p.m.

He said gunshots in the neighborhood are “not normal,” but that lately more and more people have been congregating in the apartment complex at 1611 Russell St.

He said he believed there has been drug activity in the area, and that police are aware of the situation.

Berkeleyside will update this story if more information becomes available.  … Continue reading »

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