Sources within the Berkeley Police Department have confirmed that an Oakland man was arrested on suspicion of attacking another man with a hammer. According to a report by the Mercury News, the incident took place last year when demonstrations were taking place throughout the city.
The 20 year-old defendant has been booked at the Alameda County Jail where he’s being charged with multiple felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and felony battery. Bail bonds information was not immediately known, but it’s believed the jail bonds have been set in excess of $100,000 based on the nature of the charges.
Police said the incident occurred when a group of people were damaging businesses near downtown Berkeley. A 55 year-old man tried to intervene, at which point the suspect his him in the head with a hammer. They went onto burglarize the store and stole approximately $8,000 in merchandise. The victim needed to be taken to a nearby hospital to receive treatment.