Bike cop spots suspect
On Wednesday around 2:45 p.m., a bicycle patrol officer noticed that a pan handler he was familiar with had the same name as one appearing on a $780,000 warrant. The officer detained the 43-year-old Berkeley resident who regularly hung out at the Wells Fargo at University and San Pablo avenues.
It turned out the man was, in fact, wanted for a 2002 incident in Richmond which involved assault with a deadly weapon, auto theft and possession of cocaine. The suspect also had a $289 warrant for an open container.
Warrant served on minivan
On Wednesday night about 7 p.m., the Special Enforcement Unit served a narcotics search warrant on a 34-year-old Antioch woman who is known to frequent the waterfront in west Berkeley.
Officers detained her minivan at 7th Street and Dwight Way and found approximately two grams of rock cocaine packaged for sales in the woman’s bra.
The woman was booked into the Berkeley jail on charges of possession of cocaine for sales and a warrant for driving while intoxicated.