Press Contact: Mary Kusmiss, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5780
COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION CRITICAL IN SOLVING BERKELEY’S MOST VIOLENT CRIMES
Berkeley, California (Friday, October 31, 2008) - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) detectives are urging the community to work with them to help solve the city’s open murder investigations of 2008. Detectives are confident that there are individuals that have the details they need to further their work in solving the murders of Brandon Terrell Jones, 29 of Berkeley, Creon Burns, 25 of San Leandro, Anthony Beamon, 29 of Berkeley, Kelvin Earl Davis, 26 of Berkeley and Kevin Antoine Parker, 42 of Oakland. BPD Homicide detectives have been actively working on these investigations, but have yet to make any arrests.
On February 24, 2008 at 11:50 pm, Jones was shot and killed in the 1500 block of Harmon Street. On March 3, 2008 at 11:32 pm Burns was shot and killed in front of 1615 Russell Street. On May 28, 2008 at 11:32 pm, Beamon was shot and killed in front of 1536 Tyler Street. Most recently, Davis and Parker were shot and killed in the 1400 block of Derby Street on September 18, 2008. The City of Berkeley is still offering a $15,000 reward in each of these cases.
Community participation and witness cooperation were essential in securing arrests in the murders of Christopher Wootton on May 3, 2008 and Maceo Anthony Smith on May 13, 2008. Without the commitment of witnesses, these arrests may not have ever been possible.
BPD is a new partner of Bay Area Crime Stoppers. (BACS) BACS offers up to $2,000 cash in reward money to those who offer information that is helpful to any of these murder investigations. Anyone with information can call 1-800-222-TIPS. All Bay Area Crime Stoppers calls are completely confidential.
Nationwide, prime time television programs and other media have created some unrealistic expectations regarding detectives’ ability to solve crime. (depicting 5 minute DNA and ballistics results, for example) In addition, popular culture campaigns such as “No Snitching” have created significant challenges and are becoming more prevalent with the youth of our communities.
The family and loved ones of these victims, in partnership with BPD detectives, are appealing to the community for help with these investigations. Anyone with information regarding these crimes is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 (office) or (510) 981-5900. (Non-emergency dispatch line) or BACS at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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