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Two men, stabbed in South Berkeley

By David Scharfenberg Daily Planet staff
Friday March 22, 2002

Two men were repeatedly stabbed by a robber on Acton Street in South Berkeley Monday at around 11:30 p.m., according to the Berkeley Police Department. Both victims are in stable condition at home and at Highland Hospital. 

The victims, 27-year-old James Celestin-Willis and his 33-year-old brother-in-law, Galen Jackson, were en route to Jackson’s sister’s home when the assailant pulled up in a green car and asked them to make change for a bill, according to Celestin-Willis. 

When they declined, Celestin-Willis said, the attacker, dressed in black, got out of his car, stabbed the victims and took their money. Celestin-Willis said he suffered wounds on his back, neck and arm, while Jackson was stabbed in the back and arm. 

Jackson said he fell to the pavement and called for his wife, who was in his sister’s home. Relatives brought Jackson into his sister’s house and called for an ambulance. 

Celestin-Willis ran from the scene. 

“I was in shock,” he said. “I ran, I left.” 

Police later found Celestin-Willis at the corner of Alcatraz and California streets, on the pavement. 

Both men were taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland. Celestin-Willis said he was released Thursday. Jackson was still in the hospital when reached by the Daily Planet Thursday.