DNA hit, ‘hot prowl’ attack, ATM snatch, new fundraiser, more — BerkeleysideJune 12, 2019
Berkeleyside regularly reports on notable Berkeley crimes, which include incidents that involve violence or weapons, or that readers have asked about. In 2018, the Berkeley Police Department handled about 73,000 incidents and made more than 2,000 arrests. Every month, there are 200-300 Part 1 crimes in Berkeley. Most Part 1 crimes, which are the categories tracked by the FBI, are serious felonies. Arrestees are innocent until proven guilty.
“HOT PROWL” BURGLARY A stranger broke into a couple’s home Friday night in the 2100 block of Woolsey Street (near Shattuck Avenue) and attacked them when he was discovered, police report. The couple awoke at 10:30 p.m. to hear a knocking sound on their bedroom door. One of the residents looked around but saw nothing unusual, so the couple — a 32-year-old man and 31-year-old woman — went back to sleep. Less than an hour later, the couple heard noises in their living room. When they got up to look, they found a man in their home. When they yelled at him, he punched the woman in the face and knocked the man to the ground, BPD said. The stranger ran out of the house without taking anything. The man and woman sustained cuts and bruises from the attack. The interloper was described as a black man, 20-30 years old, 6 feet tall with a large build and shoulder-length dreadlocks, wearing a gray zip-up jacket.
ATM MACHINE STOLEN FROM MARKET Early Friday morning, burglars attached a chain to an ATM bolted down at the convenience store at 1343 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (at Rose Street) and drove away dragging it behind them. The burglary happened at about 5:30 a.m. Witnesses said the thieves fled in a white SUV and a black sedan. It’s not the first time this has happened this year.
NEW FUNDRAISER AFTER DEADLY CRASH Berkeleyside has previously reported on two fundraisers related to a fatal crash May 31 that killed one sister and critically injured another. After the crash, Berkeleyside learned that, in fact, four sisters had been in that vehicle, a Ford Fiesta, when a man driving a Tesla struck them. A third fundraiser has now been launched for Dyani, the sister who was driving. The SFSU student’s Ford was destroyed in the crash: “Due to the injuries Dyani sustained in this accident, and the emotional transition her and her family are experiencing at the moment, she will not be able to work,” according to the fundraiser listing. Money raised will help with rent and other expenses.
FIREARMS CHARGES FILED A 30-year-old Oakland man is facing two felony firearms charges that stemmed from a police investigation into a shooting in South Berkeley in early May, according to court papers. BPD investigators served a search warrant in East Oakland on May 23, at the home of Davin Thet, in connection with that shooting. During…