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2014 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts  

APRIL

April 2 - Arrest Made in February Homicide

MARCH

March 6 - Update, Homicide Victim Identified, Reward Offered

March 1 - Homicide, 1100 Block of Addison Street

JANUARY

January 7 - BPD Make Arrest in Jermain Davis Homicide

 

2013 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts

NOVEMBER

November 20 - Toys For Tots

OCTOBER  

October 23 - Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested Following Attack, Pursuit, Crash

October 10 - Thief Targets Tip Jars in North Berkeley

October 1 - Arrest and Murder Charges in Anthony Medearis Homicide

SEPTEMBER

September 10 - Berkeley Police Make Arrest in August Homicide

September 8 - Berkeley Police Investigating Fourth Homicide of 2013

AUGUST  

August 28 - BPD Conducting DUI Checkpoint

August 5 - Homicide Victim Identified

August 1 - Berkeley Police Investigate Homicide 

JULY

July 22 - National Night Out

July 22 - Reward Offered in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

July 17 - Berkeley Police Investigating Second Homicide Of 2013

July 16 - Berkeley Police Conducting Training Exercise

JUNE

June 18 - Berkeley Police Make Arrest in February Homicide

June 18 - BPD To Conduct DUI Checkpoint

MAY 

May 3 - BPD Seeking Community's Help Following Indecent Exposure Arrest

APRIL

April 3 - BPD Seeking Help to Catch a Robber

MARCH

March 16 - Two Employees Wounded During Early Morning Commercial Robbery

FEBRUARY

February 13 - Subject Dies Following Struggle With Police

February 12 - BPD Officer Injured During Search Warrant

February 6 - BPD Arrests Senior Avenue Burglars

February 4 - BPD Investigating City's First Homicide of 2013

 

2012 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts

DECEMBER

December 20 - BPD Offering Reward for Information in Homicide of Homeless Man

 December 20 - BPD Offering Reward for Information in Homicide of Berkeley Woman

 December 20 - Crime Prevention Alert, Cell Phone Thefts 

 December 19 - BPD to Conduct DUI Checkpoint

 December 12 -  BPD Investigating Fatal Collision

 NOVEMBER

November 21 - BPD Seeking Help to Catch a Burglar

November 14 - Holiday Tradition Continues Meals Given to Families in Need

November 7 - Berkeley Police and Fire Department team up with the US Marines for Toys For Tots

November 7 - Berkeley Police Hosts Fair and Impartial Policing Training

 SEPTEMBER

September 11 - Two Year Anniversary of Murder Approaches  

 September 4 - 28th Annual Turkey Ride

AUGUST

August 30 - Parking Enforcement Officers to Cite For Diasabled Placard Abuse

 August 23 - Tips Lead To Possible Sighting Of Wanted Fugative

  JULY

July 23 - National Night Out 2012  

 MAY

May 21 - Solo Car Collision Involving Fatality 

May 8 - Suspect Who Shot At Officers Also Facing Charges in March Homicide
 

APRIL

April 30 - New Patrols to Work on Telegraph

April 26 - Cyclists Hit By Car, Crime Captured on Video

April 23 - Suspect Who Shot At Officers Identified 

April 17 - Officer Involved Shooting - Suspect Opens Fire on BPD Officers - On Friday, April 13, 2012 at...

April 3Reward For Information - Shooting Death of Devin Whitmire - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward and
Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering...

MARCH

March 30 - Investigation In Fatal Shooting Continues - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Detectives are continuing
to investigate the shooting death of a man on Oregon Street near Sacramento Street.


FEBRUARY

Feb 19BPD Arrests Homicide Suspect - Overnight, members of the City of Berkeley Police Department...

Feb 9 - Berkeley Police Department (BPD) - Officer Involved Shooting During Narcotics Investigation - On Wednesday evening, February 8, 2012 at about 5:00 p.m. an officer involved shooting...

JANUARY

Jan 30 -  Reward For Information - City of Berkeley's First Homicide of 2012 
  - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000
reward...

Jan 24 - PLAY Academy to Begin Fourth Session - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), the University of California Police Department (UCPD) and the Berkeley Boosters/PoliceActivities League (PAL) are pleased to announce... 

 

2011 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts

 

DECEMBER

Dec 21 - The Yearly Tradition Continues-Holiday Meals Given to Families in Need - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), Berkeley Boosters Association, University of California Police Department (UCPD) and community volunteers will gather in front of Old City Hall to continue a 27 year tradition.                                                           

Dec 15 -  Community Crime Alert - Thieves Use Ruses to Steal From Community- The City of Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) is warning the community that periodic trends occur in which thieves use ruses to commit theft, burglary, fraud and
other crimes.

NOVEMBER 

Nov 10 BPD Participation in Occupy CAL 

SEPTEMBER

Sept 20 - Second year of PLAY Academy - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), the University of California Police Department (UCPD) and the Berkeley Boosters/Police Activities League (PAL) are pleased to announce that the PLAY Academy was awarded a second grant in the amount of $20,000 for a second year.

Sept 8 - Suspect Arrested For Tire Vandalism Spree -The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has arrested the suspect responsible for vandalizing dozens of vehicle tires and spray painting a couple cars in South Berkeley and Oakland on August 31, 2011. The total number of vehicles vandalized was 74 - 61 in the City of Berkeley and 13 in the City of Oakland. 


AUGUST

Aug 30 - Property Crime Down - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) crime analysis and records units have completed work on crime statistics for the first six months of 2011.

Aug 30 - Cops in The Saddle Again - On Wednesday morning, August 31, 2011,16 current and retired members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University of California Police Department (UCPD) and six (6) support crew will embark on the 27th Annual Turkey Ride. Many of the riders use their own vacation time to participate.

Aug 23 - BPD Special Olympics Participation Continues With “Tip-a-Cop” 2011 - On Thursday, August 25th, members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) are once again participating in Tip-a-Cop. Tip-a Cop is another in a series of fundraisers for Special Olympics of Northern California. The event is being held at Skates on the Bay in the Berkeley Marina from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

JULY

July 18 - Community Crime Alert - Robbery Suspects Focus on Smartphones - As was the trend when walkmans and CD players, then MP3 players and iPods became popular in the City of Berkeley community, crime suspects are now focusing increased attention on smartphones, especially during street robberies, the iPhone emerging as the most popular. 

July 13 - Reward increases to $20,000 in Investigation of 2010 Murder - The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the 2010 shooting death of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo has recently increased to $20,000 thanks to a contribution from the Government of Chile.

July 12 - Update July 8, 2011 Shooting in Berkeley at 62nd & King Streets - No Injured Have Come Forward - “A group of men were standing in the parking lot of Stanford Liquors in the 3400 block of King Street, Berkeley at about 2:25 p.m. on Friday July 8, 2011. They were standing near a few parked cars."

July 5 - National Night Out - August 2, 2011 is right around the corner! Let’s celebrate the fight against crime with the City of Berkeley Police, Fire and City of Berkeley Staff on Tuesday, August 2.

JUNE

June 23 - Community Crime Alert Help Needed To Nab Prowling Suspect - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is asking for the community’s help in nabbing a suspect who eluded arrest.

June 22 - Torch Runners through Berkeley - The Annual Torch Run sponsored by the Berkeley Police Department raised over $1,800 for this year’s event.

June 7 - Update - Car Found Submerged in Water in South Aquatic Park on the Morning of Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - “On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at about 7:33 a.m. a man had pulled over his car to make a phone call in the south end of South Aquatic Park in the City of Berkeley. He noticed a car that was submerged in the water just north of the roadway."

MARCH

March 25 - Driver Arrested After Evading Police - On 3/18/11, Berkeley Police Officers investigated of report of a robbery and assault with a deadly weapon at a grocery store in Berkeley.

March 22 - PLAY Graduation Honors Second Session Participants - The second session of the Police and Life Academy for Youth (PLAY) will hold a graduation for the participants of the program on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

March 10 - Six Month Anniversary of Death Draws Near - Saturday, March 12, 2011 will mark the six (6) month anniversary of the murder of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo

FEBRUARY

February 28 - Crime In Berkeley Down In 2010 - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Crime Analysis Unit recently completed their compilation of crime numbers for 2010. Overall, Part One (1) crime, which includes Homicide, Rape, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Theft, Auto Theft and Arson declined by 8.8%.

February 26 - Wanted For Bicycle Theft -  On February 26, 2011 at about 1:00 p.m., a community member locked her bicycle on a bike rack by the YMCA, 2000 block of Allston Way At approximately 1:19 p.m., the suspect shown in these pictures cut the lock off the bicycle.

JANUARY

January 18 - Second Session of Play Connects Participants with Local Law Enforcement - A new program called the Police and Life Academy For Youth (PLAY) will start its second  session on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. The first session was held from September to November 2010.

 

2010 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts

 

DECEMBER 

December 15 -
 Members of BPD & BFD Gear Up for Toys for Tots 2010 - Members of BPD & BFD Gear Up for Toys for Tots 2010 - In one of the many events throughout the year in which members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) give back to the community, BPD and BFD are again teaming up with the U.S. Marines Corps Foundation TOYS FOR TOTS Program 2010.

December 15 - BPD Response to Robberies Results in 9 arrests. One responsible for North Berkeley Series - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) have made nine (9) arrests of robbery suspects citywide in recent days. The Alameda County District Attorney (DA) has since charged one of the suspects who BPD believes is connected to the North Berkeley robbery series with multiple counts of robbery and attempted robbery.

NOVEMBER

November 22 - Suspect Identified in Evelyn Street Sexual Assault - Early this morning an arrest warrant was issued for the suspect believed to be responsible for a home invasion sexual assault.
Wanted for rape, sodomy, false imprisonment, oral copulation, burglary, and sexual battery is:

November 22 - Suspect Sought In Early Morning Sexual Assault - This morning at 6:11 a.m., Patrol officers from the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to a residential sexual assault which occurred on Evelyn Street in North Berkeley. The suspect entered the minor victim’s residence through an unlocked bedroom window.

November 15 -  Graduation Ceremony for the New Youth Academy -The Police and Life Academy for Youth (PLAY) will hold its very first graduation ceremony tonight, November 15th. The ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of the Berkeley High School students who successfully completed the first 11 session PLAY program.

November 4 - Members of BPD gear up for Toys for Tots 2010 - In one of the many events throughout the year in which members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) give back to the community, BPD is again teaming up with the U.S. Marines Corps Foundation TOYS FOR TOTS Program 2010.

OCTOBER

October 29 -  Arrest made in Berkeley Homicide and Shooting - Two days after a shooting left one man dead and another seriously wounded, City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detectives are announcing an arrest in the case.

October 20 - Quick Arrests in Rash of Robberies - Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department have arrested, and the Alameda County District Attorney has charged, six (6) armed robbery suspects in connection with two separate robbery investigations involving five different victims.

October 14 - City of Berkeley Police to Begin Special Traffic Enforcement / Education Program - In a new effort to save lives and prevent injuries on City of Berkeley streets, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is expanding their regular traffic enforcement with special projects.

October 6- Thieves focus on bank ATMs - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property and Fraud detectives are warning the community about a growing crime trend. In 2010, there have been approximately 23 cases in which suspects easily gain access to Bank of America (BofA) debit and credit cards at the branches’ Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). Community members make a transaction and forget to get their cards before walking away.

October 6 - BPD Officers to wear tutus for Special Olympics Fundraiser - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Motor Officers along with their partners from City of San Jose Police (SJPD) Department and deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) will be wearing tutus for an upcoming motorcycle ride to benefit Special Olympics of Northern California.

SEPTEMBER 

September 29 - Goal of Berkeley Police DUI checkpoints is to educate and save lives - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be holding another Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint tonight, Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

September 28- Promotional ceremony honoring three members of BPD - Three members of the City of Berkeley Police (BPD) Department will take their oaths to move to the next respective police rank in BPD’s first public promotional ceremony. On Thursday September 30, 2010, all members of the community, BPD colleagues, family and friends, City of Berkeley employees, members of local government and other law enforcement agencies are welcome to join BPD on this memorable occasion.
The following BPD employees will be sworn in by BPD Chief Michael K. Meehan.

September 24 - New academy connects youth with local law enforcement - A new program called the Police and Life Academy For Youth (PLAY) will hold its very first session on Monday, September 27, 2010. A few of the diversity of topics that will be explored by City of Berkeley teenagers during the 11 week program will be an introduction to criminal justice and policing, conflict resolution, emergency preparedness, health, fitness and career opportunities.

September 23 -Reducing bicycle collisions - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be focusing enforcement on the State of California’s bicycle laws as part of an ongoing weekly series of projects aimed at reducing all injury traffic collisions by 10 percent in the city. Enforcement, Education and Engineering are the three components to a traffic collision reduction strategy.

September 16 - Safely dispose of unsafe medications - Residents can come to San Pablo Park on September 25 and safely and anonymously dispose of all unused, unneeded and expired prescription medications. The City of Berkeley and LifeLong Medical Care are inviting residents to participate in the first nationwide prescription drug take-back program.

September 15 - Victim of homicide identified and reward offered - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo, 35 years old, a Chilean national who was living in Berkeley.

September 15 - Turkey Ride 2010 - Berkeley, California On Wednesday morning, September 15, 2010, 19 current and retired members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University of California Police Department (UCPD) and five support crew will embark on the 27th Annual Turkey Ride. Many of the riders are off duty and use their own vacation time to participate

September 13 - Early morning homicide at Adeline and Emerson St. -The City of Berkeley Police Department Homicide Detectives are investigating an early morning shooting at Adeline and Emerson Streets in South Berkeley that has left one man dead.

September 3 - Berkeley Police continue holding D.U.I. checkpoints - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be holding another Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint on Friday, September 3, 2010

AUGUST

August 26 - Berkeley Police Department Conducting D.U.I. Checkpoint The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be holding a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint on Friday, August 27, 2010 to launch their participation in the Labor Day “Avoid the 21” campaign.

August 19 - Serving up smiles - On Thursday, August 19, members of the City of Berkeley Police Department are once again participating in Tip-a-Cop. Tip-a Cop is another in a series of fundraisers for Special Olympics of Northern California. The event is being held at Skates on the Bay in the Berkeley Marina from 5 to 9 p.m.

August 5 - 2010-08-05 Community's Help Needed – Members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) are asking for the community’s help in locating a developmentally disabled woman whose name is Heather Bloom. In June of 2009, Bloom’s mother, who lives in New York called BPD after she had not been able to contact her daughter and Heather’s adult caretaker since 2005.

JULY

July 23 - Suspect arrested for arson - Berkeley, California (Friday, July 23, 2010) – City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives have arrested a man responsible for a suspicious fire in front of Sam’s Market, 2312 Telegraph Avenue. This fire was one of nine (9) fires that had been deliberately set on city property in the South Campus area since Friday, July 16th. Detectives found Travis Eugene Churchill, 25 of Berkeley in People’s Park on July 20, 2010 and took him into custody without incident.

July 21 - Members of BPD give of their time and energy to raise donations for Special Olympics - Berkeley, California, On Wednesday, June 23, 2010, members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) participated in one of the many Special Olympics of Northern California fundraising events. That morning, a spirited group of BPD Officers and Parking Enforcement Officers, as well as some family members, took turns carrying the torch 2.2 miles on San Pablo Avenue from Ashby Avenue in Berkeley to the City of Albany border.

July 20 - $17,000 reward offered in homicide on 2800 Block of Milvia - Berkeley, California (Tuesday, July 20, 2010) - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of Marcus Isiah Mosley Jr., 29 years old.

July 19 - Homicide in the 2800 Block of Milvia Street -Friday evening, July 16, 2010 community members began calling the City of Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) 911 lines at approximately 5:10 p.m. reporting hearing gun shots. BPD Patrol Officers responded to the 2800 block of Milvia Street, just north of Russell Street and found a male slumped over the wheel in the driver’s side of a parked car in that block.

JUNE

June 17- Collaboration leads to success - Collaboration between the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the City of Oakland Police Department (OPD) led to the arrest of the suspect in the May 20th shooting of a man and woman in the 1700 block of 63rd Street.

June 4 - 2010-06-04 $17,000 Reward offered in Berkeley Homicide - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of a Berkeley man. He has been identified as
Kenneth Jerome Tims, Jr., 30 years old.

MAY

May 27Buckle up day or night- Berkeley Police Department (BPD) officers will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the statewide 2010 Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 6.

May 7 - Vanished over fourteen years ago - Unsettled missing teen case - Over fourteen years have passed since the vanishing of Berkeley High School student, Peter John McColl. The case has had no viable leads since the day McColl disappeared leaving the family desperate for answers.

APRIL

April 30 - Berkeley DUI checkpoint seeks to save lives - Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes.  Last year in California, 1,029 people died in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. 

April 27-  Cabbie arrested for sexual battery - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has arrested a cabbie who sexually battered women fares in January 2008 and April 2010.  Investigation by patrol officers led to the arrest of Ali Al Obadi, 29 of Oakland who was charged with PC 207 (Kidnapping), PC 236 (False Imprisonment), and two counts of PC 243.4 (Sexual Battery).  Ali Al Obadi works as a taxi driver for an Oakland based Taxi Company.

April 22 - Night ends early for robbery suspect 3 arrested - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) arrested three suspects in connection with a series of armed robberies that occurred within a few blocks and minutes of each other.

April 7 - Community Crime Alert Armed Robbery Series in North Berkeley - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Robbery Detectives are currently investigating a series of armed robberies in North Berkeley.  BPD would like the community to be aware and alert to this series

MARCH

March 17 - Police attempt to identify Burglary Suspect - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives are asking for the community’s help to identify a possible suspect who may be responsible for a series of seven residential burglaries.  Detectives believe this series began in late February and is still ongoing.

March 12 - Robbery Suspect Caught On Film - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is asking for the community’s help in identifying the above pictured   suspect (pictured on the left) who is responsible for a commercial robbery. The robbery occurred at the Andronico’s Market located at 2655 Telegraph Ave.

March 11 - Suspect Arrested In Over-Night Vehicular Manslaughter Case - At approximately 9:05 p.m., on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to a report of an injury accident near the intersection of Adeline and Harmon Streets.

March 2 - Police Focus on Pedestrian Safety in March - The Berkeley Police Department will be focusing on pedestrian safety this month to honor the memory of Zachary Cruz.

FEBRUARY

February 16 - Berkeley Police Officer Receives Officer of the Year Award  - On February 10, 2010, Berkeley Police Officer Douglas Golden was honored as the Northern California Officer of the Year at an awards dinner in Reno, Nevada. The California Robbery Investigator’s Association awarded him for his heroic actions in helping the San Leandro Police Department (SLPD) apprehend three armed and dangerous robbery suspects.

February 13 - Gang Member Sought Iin Berkeley's First Homicide of 2010 - On Thursday, February 11, 2010 at approximately 7:40 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to a stabbing which had just occurred on the 2100 block of Curtis Street.

JANUARY

January 25 -  Mechanics Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested- On Monday, January 25, at 1:39 p.m., Patrol officers from the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to the Mechanics Bank on the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue for a reported robbery which had just occurred.

January 15 - Swearing-In Ceremony For Police Chief Michael K. Meehan - The City of Berkeley is pleased to announce the swearing-in ceremony of newly appointed Police Chief Michael K. Meehan on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

January 13 - Community Crime Alert Burglary Suspects Caught On Tape (Update) On September 30, 2009, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) asked for the community’s help in identifying the suspects pictured below who were believed to be responsible for two daytime residential burglaries.

 

2009 Community & Media Releases and Crime Alerts

 

DECEMBER 

December 31 - Berkeley Police Prepare for New Year's Day DUI Checkpoint - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, January 1, 2010. The checkpoint will occur during the evening hours on San Pablo Avenue at Camelia Street in West Berkeley.

December 21 - Sketch Released In Southeast Berkeley Shooting - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is asking for the community’s help in identifying the suspect pictured below who is responsible for an attempted robbery and an assault with a deadly weapon.

December 15 - Detectives Seek Public's Help With 2009's Only Unsolved Homicide  - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detail is asking for the community’s help in closing its only remaining unsolved homicide for 2009.

December 1 - Community Crime Alert Detectives Seek Community's Assistance in Southeast Berkeley Robbery - The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is seeking the Community’s assistance in identifying two suspects involved in a street robbery and shooting Sunday evening in southeast Berkeley.

NOVEMBER 

November 19 -  Police Team Up For Toys For Tots - The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will again be teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Foundation Toys For Tots program this year. As in years past, toys will be distributed to Berkeley children who would not otherwise receive toys during the holidays. The department expects to distribute about 3000 new toys.

OCTOBER

October 15 -  Whole Foods Carjacker Arrested - Using DNA recovered at the scene of a series of 2008 carjacking/attempts, City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Detectives served an early morning search warrant on the 5900 Block of Camden Street, in Oakland. 

SEPTEMBER

September 29 -  Berkeley Police Celebrate Turkey Ride’s 25th Anniversary; Police to Deliver Hundreds of Holiday Meals On Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 6:00am, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD), Berkeley Boosters
Association, University of California Police Department (UCPD), and community members will gather in front of Old City Hall to continue a 25 year-old tradition.

September 23 -  Police Close The Books On Two Attempted Rape/Burglary Cases The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is announcing the closure of two Attempted Rape/Burglary cases from earlier this year. On August 4, 2009 Sex Crimes Detectives arrested Ferhat Djoumi 

September 17 - Drunk Drivers Beware! The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, September 18, 2009.

September 7 -  Cops Get Back in the Saddle for Families in Need- On Wednesday morning, September 9, 2009, 21 current and retired members of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and their guests will embark on the 26th Annual Turkey Ride.  This year’s fundraising event will take the cyclists and their 7-person support crew from Daly City to Cambria, Calif. (Hearst Castle).

September 4 -  Community Help Needed To Find Developmentally Disabled Woman - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is urging the community to be on the look out for Eva Pena, a woman with severe developmental disabilities.

AUGUST

August 17 - BPD Welcomes New Traffic Substation- The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is pleased to announce the new home of the BPD Traffic Bureau. All BPD Traffic and Parking Bureau operations will now be located at 841 Folger Street (at the corner of Folger and 7th Streets).

August 14 - Suspect Arrested for 2006 Murder - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with a 2006 murder. The Alameda County District Attorney has charged Bahsson Carl Smith, 28, of Berkeley with one count of 187(a) PC for the February 2006 shooting death of Keith Stephens.

JULY

July 20 - Police Make Arrest in Explosives Case - The City of Berkeley Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 "hang-up" call and ultimately removed chemicals and explosives from a Grizzly Peak home and arrested the resident. (more) 

JUNE

June 29 - CCA S. Berkeley Fires Likely Arson - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to a series of fires on the 1700 and 1800 block of Woolsey Street in South Berkeley that appear to have been intentionally set. (more) 

June 25 - Police Prepare for DUI Checkpoint - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, June 26, 2009. (more)

June 9 -  Community Crime Alert  - Help Needed To Identify Possible Suspect Who Drops Phone - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives are asking for the community’s help to identify a possible suspect in a series of residential burglaries. (more)

June 9 - Wanted - Homicides in West Berkeley/North Oakland - Rafael Campbell, 24, of Oakland (pictured below) is still wanted in connection with the May 16, 2009 murder of Charles Davis, 25, of Berkeley at Allston Way and Tenth Street in West Berkeley. (more)

June 8 -   South Berkeley Shooting Injures Two  - Two children were injured this morning when the home they were sleeping in was struck by gunfire.  The children, girls ages 3 and 6 years old, are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. (more)

MAY  

May 26 -   Third Suspect Arrested in West Berkeley/North Oakland Homicides - On May 25, 2009, at 1:42 a.m., the City of Berkeley Police Department received a Teletype from the Federal Bureau of Investigations advising that Samuel Flowers had been arrested for Grand Theft, Petty Theft, and Resisting Arrest in Bal Harbour, Florida. (more)  

May 23 - Suspects Identified in West Berkeley/North Oakland Homicides The City of Berkeley is offering a $45,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the deaths of three men in Berkeley and North Oakland. (more) 

May 21 -  $47,000 Reward Offered In Berkeley Homicides - The City of Berkeley is offering a $45,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the deaths of three men in Berkeley and North Oakland. (more)

May 21 -  $17,000 Reward Offered In Berkeley’s Second Homicide of the Year - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the death of a Southwest Berkeley resident. (more) 

May 21 -  “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” - Berkeley Police Prep for Holiday Weekend - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence/Drivers License checkpoint on Friday, May 22, 2009. (more)

May 20 -  Father Charged With Murder of Five Month Old Son - On May 15, 2009, at approximately 4:41 p.m. the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received a 9-1-1 a call about a choking infant in a home on the 1300 block of Ward Street. (more) 

May 20 - Police Pretender/Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested - A suspect who alleged he was an undercover police officer when he sexually assaulted a woman in the City of Berkeley has been arrested. (more) 

May 17 - Homicide Suspects Arrested Following Pursuit - Two homicide suspects were arrested Saturday evening after leading City of Berkeley Police (BPD) officers on a pursuit through West and South Berkeley, then onto the streets of North Oakland. The pursuit began when a BPD officer spotted a Cadillac occupied by four male suspects fleeing the scene of a shooting. (more) 

May 14 - Impaired Drivers Beware - Checkpoint on May 15, 2009 - As part of a grant received from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has scheduled another Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License (DL) checkpoint. (more)

May 6 - Detectives Seek Community’s Assistance In Identifying Robbery Suspect - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Robbery Detail is asking for the community’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect. (more) 

May 5 - $17,000 Reward Offered In South Berkeley Vehicular Manslaughter - The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for a felony hit and run in which the victim died as a result of his injuries. (more)

May 5 - Berkeley Police Investigate Second Homicide of the Year - At 11:29 p.m. on May 4, 2009, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received 911 calls from residents reporting shots fired in Southwest Berkeley. (more)

APRIL 

Apr 22 - Community Crime Alert - Detectives Investigate Attempted Sexual Assault - This morning at approximately
4:00 a.m., Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Patrol Officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress on the 1100 block of Hearst Avenue in Northwest Berkeley (more)

MARCH

Mar 31 -  Last Three Suspects in Custody in Home Invasion Robbery - On Monday, March 30, 2009 City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Detectives in conjunction with officers from Richmond and the El Cerrito Police Departments served a search warrant (more) 

Mar 16 -  Fifth Suspect Sought in Heinous Home Invasion Robbery - Following last Wednesday’s successful warrant service, Detectives have learned the identity of a fifth suspect involved in the late February Berkeley home invasion robbery.

Mar 12 - Suspects Arrested in Heinous Home Invasion Robbery - Arrests Made But Torture Suspect and Others At Large- On Wednesday, March 11, 2009 City of Berkeley Police (BPD) Detectives conducted early morning search warrants at 4 separate locations in the Cities of San Pablo and Richmond.

Mar 6 - Community Crime Alert - Community Asked to Help Identify Sexual Predator's Clothing - Following the February 20, 2009 sexual assault that occurred on the 2200 block of Haste Street, the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) recovered three articles of clothing believed to have been dumped by the suspect in an effort to change his appearance (pictured below). BPD is asking the community to help us identify the suspect based on the previously released sketch and the articles of clothing.

Mar 3 - Community Crime Alert Sexual Predator Strikes Twice Over the Weekend - On Saturday, February 28, 2009 Berkeley Police Department Patrol Officers responded to two separate reports of sexual assault, which detectives believe are linked to the ongoing series in the South Campus Area. (more)

FEBRUARY

Feb 25 -  Arrest Made in 2006 Homicide at House Party - A little over three years from the crime, City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide detectives have secured an arrest and charges for the suspect responsible for the 2006 murder of
Juan Carlos Ramos of El Cerrito. (more)

Feb 23 - Community Crime Alert - Sexual Predator Finds 12th Victim Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect - On Friday, February 20, 2009 at approximately 1 AM, City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Patrol Officers responded to the 2100 block of Haste Street near the University of California’s South Campus for a report of sexual battery that detectives believe is linked to the ongoing series. (more)

Feb 20 -  Police Get Tough on Drunk Drivers - Checkpoint Scheduled for February 20, 2009  The Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) Traffic Bureau is warming up the breathalyzer and prepping their citation books in anticipation of a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint which will be held Friday, February 20, 2009 between 10 PM and 2 AM on University Avenue at Bonar Street. (more)

Feb 18 - Community Crime Alert Predator Wanted On 10 Counts Of Sexual Battery - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Sex Crimes Detectives are still seeking the community’s help in catching a prolific sexual deviant. (more)

Feb 17 - Patrol Officers Take Sexual Predator Off the Streets -  On Thursday, February 12, 2009 City of Berkeley Police Officers responded to a report of a prowler who was peering into a residence on the 2000 block of Parker Street.  One of the victims discovered the prowler using a ladder to peep into his girlfriend’s second floor apartment window. (more)

JANUARY

Jan 28 - Community Crime Alert Help Needed to Catch A Predator - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Sex Crimes detectives need the community’s help to nab a predator. Detectives are tracking a series of assaults in which the suspect is focusing on college-aged women who are wearing skirts. (more)

Jan 12 - Two Suspects Arrested In 10th Street Shooting - At 8:15 PM on January 11, 2009, Berkeley Police responded to a report of a verbal argument on the 1100 block of Parker St.  As they moved into the area gunshots were heard fired somewhere on the 2500 block of 10th St.  Responding officers discovered an adult African-American male victim who had been hit several times by gunfire lying on the sidewalk on the west side of the Bank of America Parking lot (2546 San Pablo Ave). (more)

Jan 12 - Berkeley Police Investigate 10th Street Shooting - At 8:15 PM on January 11, 2009, Berkeley Police responded to a report of a verbal argument on the 1100 block of Parker St.  While looking for the people involved in the argument Officers heard a series of gunshots that they believed were fired somewhere on the 2500 block of 10th St. (more) 

 

2008 Media Releases & Crime Alerts

 

DECEMBER

Dec 30 - Berkeley and Oakland Police Partner-Up For Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Enforcement - On January 2, 2009 the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the Oakland Police Department (OPD) will partner-up and hit the streets as part of Operation “LAST CALL”; a directed enforcement effort aimed at protecting motorists from impaired drivers. (more) 

Dec 24 - Body Found in Apartment Identified - Detectives of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detail have learned the identity of the body found at 2235 Ashby Avenue. The Alameda County Coroner used dental records to confirm the identification of the remains as Taruk Joseph Ben Ali, 08/14/68. The cause of his death has not been determined pending the completion of the Coroner’s investigation. (more)

Dec 22 -Turkeys Not Tickets (The Christmas Batch) - On Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 6:30am, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University of California Police Department, and the Berkeley Boosters Association will gather in front of Old City Hall for the second half of a 24 year tradition. (more) 

Dec 18 - Suicide Investigation Leads to Discovery Of Entombed Body - On December 15, 2008 at approximately 6:00PM Berkeley Police Officers responded to the 2200 block of Ashby Ave for a report of a verbal argument. (more)

Dec 17-  Toys Not Tickets - On Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 8:00AM, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the Berkeley Fire Department will gather in the front lobby of the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building (PSB, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way) to continue a 15 year tradition of giving to the less fortunate in our community. (more)

Dec 15 - Community Crime Alert “Window Smash” Residential Burglary Series - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes Detectives are warning the community after seven actual and one attempted residential “window smash” burglaries were reported over the last 10 days. (more)

Dec 12 - Berkeley Police Department Undertakes Special Holiday DUI Enforcement -Public Also Asked to Call 911 to Report Suspected Drunk Drivers - Beginning December 12, 2008 through Jan 13, 2009 the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) will join law enforcement across the state as part of California’s Holiday Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Crackdown Campaign, an effort to better protect holiday motorists from impaired drivers. (more)

NOVEMBER

Nov 25 - Berkeley Police Awarded Driving Under the Influence Grant By State Office Of Traffic Safety - The Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is set to begin a yearlong anti-Driving Under the Influence (DUI) program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Berkeley streets.  The program comes as the result of a recent $174,846 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nov 24 - Cops Give Turkeys Not Tickets - On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 6:00am, members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD), University of California Police Department and members of the community will gather in front of Old City hall to continue a 24 year tradition. 

Nov 18 - Arrest Made in Derby Street Double Homicide - This morning the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged Desmen Riashem Lankford 24, of Berkeley, with two counts of murder in the September 18, 2008 shooting deaths of Kelvin Davis (26) and Kevin Parker (42) in the 1400 block of Derby Street. (more) 

Nov 14 - Alcohol Argument Precipitates Stabbing- At 11:49pm on Thursday, November 13, 2008, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) got a 911 call from the clerk of a liquor store in the 1200 block of University Avenue who reported a stabbing. (more) 

OCTOBER

Oct 31 - Community Participation Critical In Solving Berkeley’s Most Violent Crimes -  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. (more)

Oct 24 - Community Crime Alert - Burglars Kick Doors in the Hills - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives are alerting the community about a series of daytime burglaries that have been plaguing the North Berkeley Hills in the past two months. (more) 

Oct 23 - Second Arrest Made in Silver Car Robbery Series - At approximately 7:00 am members of the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Detective Division served a search warrant on the 5700 block of Genoa St.,Oakland. (more)

Oct 20 -