Friday October 29, 2004

Berkeley Police are investigating two shootings and a stabbing attack that took place this week, and are celebrating a raid on a South Berkeley drug house that netted cocaine, heroin, a 9 mm. semiautomatic pistol and three arrests. 

The first shooting, which took place Sunday night, resulted in wounds to a resident of the 1700 block of Carleton St. The seriously injured 56-year-old Berkeley man was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. 

Berkeley Police spokesperson Officer Joe Okies said investigating detectives are still declining to reveal the victim’s name. 

The stabbing took place about 7:35 p.m. Monday in the 2700 block of Sojourner Truth Way, said Officer Okies, who alleged that 28-year-old Berkeley resident LaPreda Thomas pulled a knife during an argument with a 24-year old woman. 

The assailant had fled before officers arrived but was discovered in a subsequent neighborhood search. 

Thomas was taken to City Jail and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening, Okies said. 

Two hours earlier, officers had been summoned to the intersection of Adeline and Fairview streets after another knife had been flashed during another altercation, this one between two women, one 24 and the other 47. No one was injured. 

Police arrested the younger woman on one count of brandishing a deadly weapon. 

Okies said police are receiving little cooperation from the victim of the week’s second shooting, who was struck by gunfire outside a residence at 1611 Harmon St. shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday. 

Responding to reports of gunshots, officers found the man inside the residence. 

“The victim didn’t offer any details to the investigating officer,” Okies said. 

The man’s injuries were not life-threatening, Okies said. 

That same day, members of the Berkeley Police Special Enforcement Unit raided a house at 1610 Oregon St., following a two-week investigation. 

The probe was launched after police conducting surveillance in the area arrested two suspects on the 14th for drugs sales and probation violations. 

During the search Wednesday, police confiscated the pistol, and an assortment of cocaine, heroin and packaging materials, along with three additional suspects. 


Berkeley Girls’ Coach Faces Sex Charge  

San Jose Police Thursday arrested Sean Christopher Dulan, an assistant women’s basketball coach at Berkeley’s St. Mary’s College High School, on charges of suspected sexual misconduct with a minor. 

An Oakland resident, Dulan has been also been coaching the East Bay Xplosion, a traveling team for girls 15 and younger, and the arrest stems from an incident involving a member of that team. 

Officer Okies said Berkeley police had learned of the arrest, and will extend full cooperation to San Jose police if requested. 


Nasty Pair Strongarms Pedestrian 

Two men in their late twenties accosted a woman in the 1200 block of Eighth Street shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday and grabbed her wallet and keys. 

No arrests have been made.›