Suspect arrested for two Berkeley attacks

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On June 17, two individuals were assaulted by a 34-year-old man in downtown Berkeley. The Berkeley Police Department arrested the suspect after the second incident, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s office charged him with robbery, vandalism, and elder abuse causing bodily injury on Monday, June 20. 

On Friday, police responded to an assault and robbery incident inside a McDonald’s. The suspect had a taken a customer’s eyeglasses and cell phone. And when she attempted to take back her belongings, he punched her in the face. The victim retaliated, and the suspect ran from the establishment, according to BPD. 

The second assault happened on the 1600 block of Shattuck Avenue. A 78-year-old man was struck in the head by the suspect with a construction hardhat. Police detained the suspect in the area between Francisco Street and Shattuck Avenue, BPD said. 

Authorities also confirmed that the suspect damaged a trash can and sanitizer dispenser at the Cupcakin Bake Shop on Shattuck, as well as a throwing a brick at a passing vehicle. 

He is also charged with several criminal enhancements.