“Our community needs to be made aware,” said a cyclist who asked to remain anonymous because the investigation is underway.
Police say the man enticed the teenager with marijuana and offered him a ride home, then locked the doors, drove him around and ultimately sodomized him.
Berkeley Police Chief Jen Louis said detectives have “some very promising investigative leads” and that she’s put extra officers on patrol.
Police said the 19-year-old harassed his ex-girlfriend with texts that became “threatening and aggressive” and fired a “warning shot” outside her home.
Police identified Jose Paz-Leja as a convicted felon and “documented West Side Berkeley” gang member who has other gunfire arrests in the neighborhood.
The driver may have lost control and struck a fence, trapping the man under her white Toyota sedan, first responders said over the radio.
Officer Cheri Miller committed no crime but she did violate city policy, according to the police investigation, and ultimately lost her job.
Police arrested a 34-year-old Berkeley man on Thursday after he reportedly set his home on fire and was outside “acting erratically” with a loaded shotgun, authorities said.
The shooter said he was defending himself after intervening in a domestic dispute where a woman had asked for help, according to court papers.
Police said the woman who was stabbed in a tent in People’s Park on Saturday had serious injuries but is expected to survive.
“My son got lucky,” the father of the student told Berkeleyside on Wednesday. “This could happen to anyone.”
Police responded to Prince and California streets just before 5 p.m. for the shooting reports.
Both victims were rushed to the hospital but were in stable condition Monday, police said. Authorities have made arrests in both cases.
Police are investigating an attempted carjacking outside Monterey Market, gunfire on Sacramento Street, and the violent attempted robbery of a dog during a walk on Channing Way.
Capt. Jen Louis will serve as interim Berkeley police chief, “effective immediately.” The city will conduct a national search for Greenwood’s replacement.
Berkeley police reported on several crimes this week. They appear below. Send tips to Berkeleyside with your public safety questions.