Foot chase on Harmon leads to arrest of felon with gun

Alameda County district attorney’s office seal, via Facebook.
Alameda County district attorney’s office seal, via Facebook.

The Alameda County district attorney’s office has charged an Oakland man with three felonies after a foot chase in South Berkeley last week.

According to court documents, Berkeley Police officers spotted a man walking in the 1500 block of Harmon Street, near Sacramento Street, who took off running when he saw police last Tuesday afternoon.

The man “ran up a flight of stairs” to a house in the 1500 block and “continued to run away” when an officer told him to stop.

Officer Chris Flores wrote, in a report related to the man’s arrest, that he “saw the handle of a gun, sticking out from the back of his [the man’s] rear waistband.” The man hopped over a fence and into another property’s rear yard. He was taken into custody a short time later, police said. 


Officers recovered a gun from the yard, and police said the handle matched the one the officer had seen during the foot chase.

Police identified the man as 28-year-old Brandon Bostic. Bostic had a prior Alameda County felony conviction for evading an officer during an attempted vehicle stop in 2008; he received a sentence of probation for that offense.

The district attorney’s office charged Bostic with possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a loaded firearm and being in possession of ammunition. He’s being held with a bail of $85,000 at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Bostic was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 9:05 a.m. at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland.

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