BERKELEY (BCN) — A suspect detained after a reported attack with a hammer in
Berkeley on Tuesday afternoon was not arrested and the reported victim was
uninjured, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Police had responded to reports of an assault with a hammer near
the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Stuart Street at 3:44 p.m., police
spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said.
The suspect had fled before police arrived but was determined to
be hiding in the area. Police set up a perimeter and advised people to stay
inside nearby homes and businesses, Coats said.
Officers found the suspect, spoke to him, and eventually were able
to take him into custody.
However, the reported victim was uninjured and refused police
service, so police did not arrest the suspect. The suspect was taken to a
hospital for evaluation, Coats said.
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