Male sustains serious head injury after fight; 6 arrested

Police responded to an altercation Sunday on Ashby. Image: Google maps
Police responded to an altercation Sunday on Ashby. Image: Google maps

Update, Nov. 19, 1:27 p.m. The Alameda County district attorney’s office has not filed charges in this case, and spokeswoman Teresa Drenick says it remains under investigation by the Berkeley Police Department. Said Officer Byron White, police ultimately released Emauj Roos, Aaron Meredith and Caleb Williams “without complaint”: “As a result of further investigation into the case, we did not find sufficient evidence to hold three of the adult arrestees.” The other teenager, 18-year-old Berkeley High School student Danari Williams, was released after the DA’s office declined to pursue charges at this time. See the updated story.

Original story, Nov. 15, 9:54 p.m. Police have taken six people into custody after a report of a fight in South Berkeley that sent a male to the hospital with what appears to be a major head injury, authorities said.

Police Sgt. Todd Sabins said officers received a call just after 5 p.m. Sunday about an altercation involving a group of younger males and one male victim that escalated into a fight in the 1200 block of Ashby Avenue, near Mabel Street.

The victim received “somewhat major blunt force trauma to the head,” said Sabins, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Officers responded quickly, after receiving reports of 8-9 males leaving the scene, and ultimately were able to detain six of them.

Sabins said he was not sure if any weapons were involved, or if the victim was expected to survive. But he said more information might be forthcoming as investigators continue to work the case.

Sabins credited both officers and alert callers and community members with the successful detentions.

“Officers were very close in the area at the time,” he said,”so it was good work by the cops and the folks helping us: directing us in and giving us information.”

According to unconfirmed scanner traffic, police initially got a call that a male who had been beat up by a group of 8-9 males was on the ground unconscious. One officer who responded to the scene asked dispatch to alert the Berkeley Fire Department that the male had blood coming from his ears.

The group of responsible males left the area on foot, and fled when officers approached them near Heinz Avenue and 10th Street in West Berkeley. Some were spotted hopping a fence in the 2800 block of 10th.

Officers quickly set up a perimeter, and began a house-to-house search. They were able to detain six of those believed to be responsible. Their names were not immediately available given the early stage of the investigation.

In October, officers found casings nearby, in the 2800 block of Mabel, between Oregon and Russell streets, after reports of gunfire in the area. In August, police responded to a shooting in that same block that sent a man to the hospital. There was no indication Sunday whether those incidents were related to Sunday’s altercation.

Update, 6:30 a.m. Four of the males arrested were listed in the Alameda County sheriff’s department inmate locator online booking system at Berkeley Jail as of Monday morning: Aaron Meredith, 18; Emauj Roos, 18; Caleb Williams, 19; and Danari Williams, 18.

They are scheduled for arraignment Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland. All were arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide and are being held without bail.

Danari Williams is listed on sports website as a linebacker on Berkeley High’s football team. He is listed as a current member of the varsity team according to, with graduation expected in 2016. His occupation is listed by the sheriff’s department as a student. Occupations were not listed for the other individuals.

Roos played as a fullback on Berkeley High’s varsity football team according to, which includes a highlight video of Roos and identifies him as part of Berkeley High’s class of 2015.

Roos was arrested in August on suspicion of carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police said he was also responsible for shooting into the air outside a party in West Berkeley two days earlier “because he was angry about getting ‘jumped.’” He has already been sentenced in that case and is scheduled for a progress report in December.

Berkeleyside will update this story if additional information is provided. Read more about crime in Berkeley.

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