For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Sgt. Mary Kusmiss S-6, Public Information Officer (PIO), (510) 981-5780
VICTIM OF HOMICIDE IDENTIFIED AND REWARD OFFERED
Berkeley, California (Wednesday, September 15, 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 Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo, 35 years old, a Chilean national who was living in Berkeley.
On Sunday morning, September 12, 2010, at approximately 3:41a.m., Celedon who moved to the City of Berkeley in February and his fiancé were walking home after having attended a party. Two male suspects confronted the couple with the intent to commit a robbery. During the robbery, one of the suspects shot the victim. One of the suspects also punched the woman during the crime. She sustained minor physical injuries. Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) paramedics transported Celedon to a local trauma center where he was pronounced dead.
The male suspects, described by witnesses as “Black males, 25-35 years old” got into an older model possible midsize two tone Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and fled west bound on Ashby Avenue after the crimes.
BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this homicide to call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD non emergency number of (510) 981-5900 and mention the crime. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime.