Stabbing, housebreaking, gun found after car crash
The police found this weapon after a car chase on Tuesday. Photo: BPD
Berkeley police reported several crimes Tuesday night. They appear below. Submit tips to Berkeleyside with your public safety questions.
HOUSE BURGLAR At around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, police received a report about two people who broke into a garage on the 900 block on Spruce Street (near Marin Avenue) and then drove away in a white SUV. Shortly after 9:20 p.m., a Berkeley police officer saw the couple pull off Interstate 80 at the Albany exit. When the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped away and was not found, BPD said.
Raymond Rodriguez. Photo: BPD
POLICE FIND RIFLE, ARREST PAROLEE AFTER A SHORT HUNT About 20 minutes later, Berkeley police officers were searching the Berkeley neighborhood near Albany’s University Village for the SUV from the previous break-in when an officer saw another vehicle – a white sedan – heading south on Fifth Street, BPD said. The vehicle “sounded like it had a flat tire or was dragging something,” wrote the police. As an officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped toward University Village, BPD said.
Another officer who was already in the Albany apartment complex saw the driver hit a parked vehicle on Kinkead Way and Red Oak Avenue, police said, and then ran away from the collision site. The officer chased the driver and called to him to stop. The officer also saw the man drop a metallic object as he ran, police said, and later caught up with and arrested him.
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“The officers went back the way and found that the metal object that the suspect threw away was actually a loaded pistol,” the police wrote. BPD identified the man as Raymond Rodriguez, 27, and arrested him on suspicion of the crime, resisting the arrest, carrying a loaded / hidden gun, violation of parole, and numerous other gun-related crimes. Rodriguez, whose job is listed as a pizza delivery man, is being held in Santa Rita Prison on bail of $ 55,000, according to the district’s online records. He is due to be tried on Friday at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.
During the incident, there was discussion on police radio about gunshot wounds Rodriguez had, but authorities later discovered that those wounds were from an earlier incident. The University of California Police Department was involved in the investigation, BPD said.
The police investigation on Tuesday evening in the university village. Photos: Citizen reporter
STABBING ON UNIVERSITY AVENUE Also on Tuesday evening, police responded to a report from a man in his forties who was stabbed in the stomach and legs. The incident was reported in the 1100 block of University Avenue (near San Pablo Avenue) around 10:45 p.m. The man, who was stabbed to death in an off-street parking lot and sought help from a nearby company, was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, police said. BPD said the victim did not know the man who stabbed him and, according to preliminary information, the sting was not provoked. Witnesses described the attacker as a black man with low-cut blond hair, 30-40 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing jeans and a shirt of unknown description. The police are asking anyone with information to call the BPD Homicide Squad at 510-981-5741.
SUSPECTIVE PACKAGE EXAMINATION Police were investigating a suspicious package in Milvia and Center streets Tuesday night to ensure it was not an explosive device, police said. It turned out to be a manifesto, the Berkeleyside authorities said. At 6 p.m., the police asked people to avoid the area due to the investigation. About an hour later, the intersection was opened to traffic again.
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