1900 block of 2nd Street  

1900 blk - 2nd St

Unidentified Suspect
Black male adult, 5"11", 185
black hair

On December 17, 1998, at approximately 7:15 a.m., Rick Devecchi, noticed a male prowling the bed of his truck which was parked in the 1900 block of 2nd Street in West Berkeley close to his family's Berkeley business.

When Devecchi went to investigate, and was standing in the roadway of 2nd Street, Devecchi was intentionally struck by a car driven by the prowling suspect. The car sped from the scene, traveling west on Hearst Street, northbound on Eastshore towards Gilman Street. Rick Devecchi was critically injured, and subsequently died at the hospital.

SUSPECT VEHICLE  -  CA. License Plate early 1980's, American make, dark, possibly vinyl roof over light body. There is a total of $50,000 being offered in this case for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of this suspect.

BPD needs the community's help in solving this crime.

BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this murder to call the BPD Homicide detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD non emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). All calls and tips to BACS are completely confidential. Any information may be critical to solving this murder. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime.

 Please refer to case # 98-65982 when calling.

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