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Man pointed gun, struck vehicles before arrest in Berkeley after car chase

Berkeley and Oakland police arrest an armed suspect near Ohlone Park after a car chase through Oakland and Berkeley. He allegedly hit numerous vehicles in both cities. Photo: David Yee
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Update, Feb. 12: Berkeley Police have confirmed that the man arrested Wednesday after a car chase was Darryl Clarence Blackman, 37, of Berkeley.

Original story, Feb. 10, 10:16 a.m. After a car chase through Oakland and Berkeley on Wednesday morning, authorities arrested an armed man near Ohlone Park, according to authorities.

The Oakland Police Department said on Twitter at 9:31 a.m. that the man was “responsible for multiple assaults with a vehicle on officer and citizens.” A Berkeley police officer on scene told Berkeleyside contributing photographer Bill Newton that the suspect was “a very dangerous guy.”

Also on Twitter, Lt. Chris Bolton of OPD said BPD took the man into custody in the city of Berkeley. “Vehicle is recovered, driver safely detained,” he posted at 9:22 a.m.

On Feb. 11, OPD confirmed with Berkeleyside that no gun had been found during the chase or arrest. “At this time in the investigation the gun is still outstanding. We’ve advised the community that if they locate the gun to notify local authorities,” said OPD spokesman Officer Marco Marquez.

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Police seek Berkeley woman missing since Friday

Photo: Gail Saari
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Update, Feb. 22: According to the coroner’s office, the cause of death has not been determined pending toxicology results. Hajisaari was, however, seen removing her clothes and entering the water near the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park.

Update, Jan. 29: A body located by an Oakland Police Department Air Support Unit and Marine unit helicopter during an aerial and waterway search of the San Leandro Bay has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner’s Office as Diana Gail Hajisaari of Berkeley. The 62-year-old, who was widely known as Gail Saari, was reported missing on Jan. 22 and seen entering the bay. An autopsy was scheduled Friday to determine the cause of death.

Update, 6:20 p.m. A family friend reached out to Berkeleyside to spread the word that the missing Berkeley woman was widely known as Gail Saari. According to her resume, Saari is the publications director at The Independent Institute. She is also a freelance writer and editor. … Continue reading »

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Police release new footage of person of interest in fatal shooting of Berkeley musician

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Update, 6:15 p.m. Pet Food Express owners Mark Witriol and Michael Levy have announced they will increase their reward to $10,000, in addition to the $20,000 offered by Crime Stoppers.

Original story, 1:30 p.m. Police have released new surveillance camera footage related to the fatal shooting, by a stray bullet, of a Berkeley musician in April.

Tuesday, the Oakland Police Department released a new photograph and video from surveillance camera footage that shows an individual authorities have identified as an additional person of interest related to the crime. The new photograph appears to the left, and video released by police appears below.

Rewards of $20,000 from CrimeStoppers and $5,000 from Pet Food Express have been offered for tips that help solve the crime and lead to successful prosecution of the case.

Emiliano “Emilio” Nevarez, a 26-year-old Berkeley man, had just finished playing a show with his band Sunday, April 5, at 1 a.m. when a stray bullet struck him in Oakland in the 400 block of 14th Street, near Broadway, as he prepared to pack music equipment into a van.

In April, the Oakland Police Department released several photographs, also obtained from video surveillance footage, of individuals and a vehicle they said were associated with the shooting. There were two people in those photographs, a man and woman police say were with the shooter the night of the incident, as well as an early 2000s-model Mercedes Benz four-door silver sedan S-series.  … Continue reading »

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Police seek tips in fatal shooting of Berkeley bystander

Emilio Nevarez. Photo: Emilio Nevarez/Facebook
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A Berkeley musician was fatally injured by a stray bullet over the weekend, and police are asking for help to track down his killer.

There are also rewards of $20,000 from CrimeStoppers and $5,000 from Pet Food Express for tips that help solve the crime and lead to successful prosecution of the case.

Emiliano “Emilio” Nevarez, a 26-year-old Berkeley man, had just finished playing a show with his band on Sunday, April 5, at 1 a.m. when a stray bullet struck him in Oakland in the 400 block of 14th Street, near Broadway, as he prepared to pack music equipment into a van.

Thursday, the Oakland Police Department released several photographs, obtained from video surveillance footage, of individuals and a vehicle they believe are associated with the shooting. There are two people in the photographs, a man and woman police say were with the shooter the night of the incident, as well as an early 2000s-model Mercedes Benz four-door silver sedan S-series.  … Continue reading »

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Police serve search warrants, make arrests in Berkeley

Police activity at Sixth and Cedar streets on Thursday. Photo: Citizen reporter
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Scroll to the bottom of this story for a statement from the Oakland Police Department about Thursday’s investigation.

Local police officers made at least three arrests at undisclosed locations around Berkeley on Thursday morning. Those operations were reportedly part of a broader sweep by the Oakland Police Department to crack down on gang activities tied to East Oakland.

Police have not released the names of the people who were arrested, where the arrests took place, or the potential charges faced by those taken into custody.

But, beginning in the early morning hours Thursday, residents around the city took to Twitter to ask Berkeleyside to find out about police actions that included what appeared to be SWAT teams, officers who looked to be heavily armed and hovering helicopters. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley woman to push for stiffer outcomes in justice system after brutal stabbing murder of daughter

Jessica Kingeter
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The Berkeley man convicted in the murder of a young woman he had met only hours earlier, in December 2012, is now facing 25 years to life in prison.

A jury found 36-year-old Jamaal Anthony Prince guilty of first-degree murder just before noon Thursday in the slashing and stabbing death of Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter on Dec. 28, 2012.

Prince is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. in Department 10 before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon R. Rolefson. … Continue reading »

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Jury deliberations begin in killing of Berkeley woman

Jennifer "Jessica" Kingeter would have been 28 on Jan. 15, 2014. Photo: Rebecca Tolman
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Update, July 10, 12:06 p.m.: Just before noon, the jury returned a first-degree murder verdict, according to the Alameda County district attorney’s office. A sentencing date has not been set.

Original story, July 9: The man accused of brutally stabbing and slashing to death a young Berkeley woman just after Christmas in 2012 called his mother around the time of the fatal struggle, she said Wednesday.

“He said, ‘Mama, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,'” said Jacqueline M. Stewart outside an Oakland courtroom Wednesday afternoon, as the jury began its deliberations about the murder charge her 36-year-old son, Jamaal Prince, is facing. The trial began July 2.

Stewart said her son — who was born and raised in Berkeley, and had worked as a security chief at a Berkeley cannabis club on San Pablo Avenue before his arrest — then hung up. She began calling his friends to try to find him: “I knew something was wrong.”

Authorities said, in the early morning hours of Dec. 28, 2012, Prince stabbed to death 26-year-old Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter, a hairstylist and Laney College student, who grew up performing as a ballet dancer at the Julia Morgan Theatre in Berkeley.

The defense attorney and prosecutor, who made their closing arguments Wednesday before lunch, have both asked the jury to come back with a guilty verdict.

Defense attorney Al Thews argued for a voluntary manslaughter conviction, and said Prince believed he was defending himself from Kingeter during the “terrible fight in that bathroom between the two of them.” He said Prince had followed Kingeter into a bathroom, expecting to have sex — to which Kingeter had not agreed — and that she had then stabbed him with a knife. … Continue reading »

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Trial begins in stabbing death of Berkeley woman

Jennifer "Jessica" Kingeter would have been 28 on Jan. 15, 2014. Photo: Rebecca Tolman
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The trial of a Berkeley man accused of stabbing to death a 26-year-old woman in late 2012 began Wednesday morning in Oakland Superior Court.

Wednesday afternoon, a key witness for the prosecution failed to appear, and Judge Jon Rolefson issued a warrant for his arrest. If Julius Johnson cannot be found, the prosecution plans to read his testimony from an earlier hearing into the record for consideration by jurors.

In brief opening statements, attorneys for both sides said they believe Jamaal Prince, 36, killed Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter of Berkeley in the bathroom of an Oakland apartment in December 2012.

But, while Alameda County deputy district attorney Danielle Hilton told the jury Prince brutally attacked Kingeter after she refused to have sex with him, defense attorney Al Thews said Prince was high on cocaine and alcohol, and believed he was defending himself after Kingeter stabbed him in the leg. … Continue reading »

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16-year-old girl found naked, pepper-sprayed in Elmwood

A 16-year old girl was found at Ashby and Piedmont Avenues this morning. She was naked and may have been sexually assaulted. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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Update, April 17: The San Francisco Police Department has taken over this case. According to KTVU, “The girl initially told authorities she had been kidnapped and robbed in Oakland and then dropped off in Berkeley. Oakland Police said the case could be related to human sex trafficking. Then they turned the case over the SFPD after the girl changed her story.” SFPD will investigate the case as a kidnapping and robbery, but not a sexual assault.

Update, 7:25 p.m. The Oakland Police Department released the following statement at 4:45 p.m.: “Investigators have learned this incident occurred in another jurisdiction. The victim is a juvenile. This case may be associated with human sex trafficking.” Any instance in which a minor is induced to engage in prostitution or other commercial sex acts is considered sex trafficking; the Alameda County district attorney’s office has made the reduction of these activities a priority.

Original post: A teenage girl who may have been sexually assaulted was found naked and suffering from pepper spray in the Elmwood district early Wednesday morning, according to Berkeley Police scanner traffic, authorities and media reports.

Residents in the 2900 block of Piedmont Avenue, near Ashby Avenue, were awoken shortly after 5 a.m. to the sound of the girl screaming, “Help me,” according to scanner traffic recordings reviewed by Berkeleyside. 

The 16-year-old girl told authorities she had been raped. … Continue reading »

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3 years on, city of Berkeley still stuck on social media

Berkeley student Brandon Coleman, shown here during an interview in January with a local TV station, helped find a missing Berkeley man after the Oakland Police Department used alert service Nixle to inform community members about the case. Berkeley Police do not use Nixle. Photo: Mark Coplan
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Nearly three years after Berkeley city staff said the municipality was working on a social media policy to allow for greater transparency and communication, the city still has virtually no online presence apart from its official website.

In the meantime, surrounding cities have taken up the challenge, particularly in the area of crime fighting, with Oakland, Emeryville and Albany using sites like Twitter, Facebook and alert network Nixle to increase the public trust and share information.

Many other Bay Area law enforcement agencies, including the Alameda County district attorney’s office and the San Francisco office of the FBI, are also using social media to various degrees. That’s because social media is widely considered one of the best ways to reach the public, whether the goal is to share breaking news, crime tips or agency successes. … Continue reading »

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On murdered Berkeley woman’s birthday, alleged killer ordered to face charges

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A Berkeley man accused of a brutal stabbing in late 2012, which killed a local Laney College student and hairstylist, has been ordered to face the murder charges brought against him by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

Jamaal Prince, 35, is charged with killing 26-year-old Jennifer “Jessica” Kingeter in East Oakland in the early morning hours of Dec. 28, 2012, just hours after they had met for the first time.

Kingeter would have turned 28 on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

According to testimony during Prince’s preliminary hearing, which took place Tuesday and Wednesday, a friend the two had in common — 24-year-old Julius Johnson — introduced Kingeter and Prince that night. All three ended up at an apartment that was being used by Prince. After Prince started acting “psycho,” pulling a knife on Johnson, threatening him and trying to stab him, Johnson fled, leaving a terrified Kingeter alone with the man who would later be charged with her murder. … Continue reading »

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16-year-old missing 6 months, possibly seen in Berkeley

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The Oakland Police Department is asking for help in locating missing person 16-year-old Gaijin Holquin, who was last seen by his family in August 2012.

On August 3, 2012, at about 9:00 a.m., Holquin told his mother that he was going to see a movie at the AMC theaters and then that he was going to shop at GameStop and Best Buy in Emeryville. He never returned home.

Holquin is a male, 16 years of age, 5’8, 150 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, gray shirt with blue and white stripes, and black jeans. He was carrying a back pack.

Holquin is reported to be in good mental and physical condition. He has no history of being reported missing or running away. Since Holquin’s disappearance, he has been reportedly seen in the cities of Berkeley and Alameda. … Continue reading »

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Shattuck Avenue police action ties up traffic in Berkeley

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Update, 7:40 p.m. KGO-TV reported just before 7 p.m. that police had “stormed the building” where the suspect or suspects were believed to be barricaded, but no one was inside. According to several people on Twitter who identified themselves as local residents, police set off a flash-bang grenade at about 6:30 p.m. as they moved in on the apartment building. As of about 6:49 p.m., police were “dispersing somewhat” from the area, according to a user named BehemothBullTerrier. At around 6:55 p.m. “Behemoth” wrote: “It’s over. No one was in the apt unit. That’s a cop w/ the bomb robot.”

Original post, 5:22 p.m. A police action on the south Berkeley border at Shattuck Avenue has been tying up traffic for hours and may not be resolved for many more.

According to the Oakland Police Department, at least one suspect in a shooting earlier in the day is barricaded inside an apartment on Shattuck. Thus far, police have been unable to establish communication.

Officer Johnna Watson, Oakland Police spokeswoman, said the incident began Friday afternoon at 12:26 p.m. when dispatchers started getting calls about a shooting at MacArthur Boulevard and Broadway.  … Continue reading »

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