For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Andrew Frankel, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881


Berkeley, California (Monday, February 22, 2010) - 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 responsible for the death of a Richmond man in West Berkeley.

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.  Patrol Officers found the victim, identified later as Michael Mayfield of Richmond, in the area of Allston Way and Curtis Street, with a stab wound to his chest.  Mayfield was rushed by Berkeley Fire Department Paramedics to the Alameda County Hospital where he later died of his injuries. 

Wanted in connection with this case is Kevin Aaron Alvarado, 1/2/88, of Berkeley.  Alvarado is a known member of the West Side Berkeley gang and should be considered armed and dangerous.  Already arrested for his involvement with this case is Robert Charles Briggs, 8/10/67, of Berkeley.  Briggs was charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon and as an accessory to Murder.

Detectives are asking for the community’s help with this investigation. Anyone who may have any information regarding this crime is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 (office) or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch line).  If callers wish to remain anonymous they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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