Update: Police arrest man after Cedar Rose Park evacuation

As of 12:50 p.m., police activity in the area of Cedar Rose Park had ended and a man had been arrested without incident.


Berkeley police have asked community members to stay away from the streets near Cedar Rose Park due to a barricaded subject in a home nearby.

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The incident began as a domestic dispute just before 11 a.m., police said.

Officers are now attempting to contact a man inside a home in the 1300 block of Rose Street, police said.

That subject may be armed, BPD said, so police have evacuated the park and homes on the block while attempting to make contact.


Police put out a Nixle alert just before 11:50 a.m. advising everyone to avoid the area.

Update, 12:50 p.m. Police activity in the area of Cedar Rose Park has ended, Berkeley PD reports: “No further need to avoid the area remains.” Berkeleyside has asked BPD for additional details.

Update, 1:30 p.m. After the incident concluded, police provided additional information about how it all began. Initially, said Officer Byron White, BPD spokesperson, police were called about a man and woman involved in some type of domestic dispute.

The man ran into a nearby apartment belonging to someone he knew, White said, and there were initial reports that he had a gun.

Out of an “abundance of caution,” White said, police evacuated Cedar Rose Park, including the tennis courts. Police sent negotiators to the area and used a loudspeaker to order the man to come outside.

Just after 12:30 p.m., the man came outside and was taken into custody without incident, White said. No information about the man was immediately available, except that he is known to BPD, White said.

Randall Alston. Credit: BPD

White did not immediately know whether police had recovered a gun, but said he would find out and provide that information along with the man’s name, age, city of residence and the charges associated with his arrest.

“We’re thankful that we were able to bring this to a peaceful resolution,” he said.

Update, 4 p.m. Police identified the man who was arrested as 27-year-old Randall Alston of Berkeley. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, child endangerment and committing an offense while out on bail, according to BPD.

Emilie Raguso is Berkeleyside’s senior editor of news. Email: emilie@berkeleyside.org. Twitter: emraguso. Phone: 510-459-8325.