Officers within the Berkeley Police Department have responded to a number of calls in the past few weeks. Below is just a sampling of the many incidents they responded to.
Berkeley PD officers said they arrested 46 year-old Kieth Whittaker after neighbors called in a tip that he and an unknown female were involved in a physical altercation. Officers responded to the scene a short time later and observed Whittaker in a fist fight with an unnamed 29 year-old woman. The pair were reportedly involved in a romantic relationship. They initially engaged in a verbal argument but the situation quickly escalated to physical violence. Police officials say the defendant took money from the woman and then began beating her with his fists. Whittaker was handcuffed and transported to the Santa Rita Jail. He was charged with felony domestic battery, grand theft, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail information was not immediately available but it is believed he is being held in lieu of at least $60,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned later this week.
Berkeley Police Department investigators said they also arrested a suspect who is believed to be tied to a recent robbery. The department has not indicated what information led them to the suspect. Cleveland Braziel has reportedly been booked into the Santa Rita Jail. He is being charged with armed robbery, home-invasion robbery and conspiracy.
Other recent incidents include reports of car theft and several vehicular burglaries.