Homeless people make camp in Civic Center Park as the second Bay Area Book Festival takes place around them, in Berkeley, on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Photo: David Yee ©2016
Homeless people make camp in Civic Center Park in early June (file photo). Photo: David Yee
Homeless people make camp in Civic Center Park in early June (file photo). Photo: David Yee

The man police say is responsible for stabbing two people at Civic Center Park in June has been arrested and is set to appear in court Tuesday.

Authorities say he had the knife used in the stabbing in his pocket at the time of his arrest last week.

Police arrested 62-year-old Lindell Waters in Oakland on Friday evening during a vehicle stop.

Waters was arrested by the Oakland Police Department at about 6:30 p.m. on San Pablo Avenue and 32nd Street. OPD then contacted the Berkeley Police Department after seeing that he had a warrant out of Berkeley for attempted murder in connection with the June 18 stabbing.

A woman previously described the scene at the park before the stabbing to Berkeleyside: “There was definitely an altercation going on between the seemingly homeless folks by the fountain” involving “lots of loud yelling of profanity and loose dogs. A woman seemed to be bugging a man that fit the description of the the suspect.”

The fight happened adjacent to a popular Berkeley farmers market on Center Street, though the stabbing took place at 3:35 p.m. after the market had officially ended at 3 p.m.

Lt. Kevin Schofield, a Berkeley Police spokesman, confirmed that the stabbing at Civic Center Park, at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, followed a “heated dispute among a group of homeless people.” 

Schofield said Waters is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to be arraigned on the attempted murder charge.

Civic Center Park. Image: Google Maps
Civic Center Park. Image: Google Maps

According to information previously released by BPD, one man was stabbed in the chest, and received injuries that appeared potentially life threatening, and another had a cut to the arm.

One local resident asked Berkeleyside to find out what had taken place after she saw “multiple police cars, yellow crime scene tape everywhere and … someone loaded into an ambulance” at the park. Others noted the increased police presence and wanted to know more.

Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver said in June that officers responded with the Berkeley Fire Department to Civic Center Park at about 3:30 p.m. for a dispute between three people. Two were stabbed and the third fled the area.

Berkeley officers were first to the scene and provided emergency medical aid, including field tourniquets, to the victims, who were near the fountain in the park.

The person with the chest wound appeared critically injured to officers on the scene. The injured people were taken to area hospitals for medical care, Rateaver said.

The condition of the people who were stabbed was not immediately available Monday.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...