Berkeley Police Offer Rewards for Information in Recent Homicides By Judith Scherr

Tuesday February 28, 2006

Berkeley police announced Monday that they would offer two $15,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murders of Juan Ramos and Keith Stephens. 

Ramos, 18, of El Cerrito died on Feb. 10, stabbed to death while attending a party on Contra Costa Avenue and Keith Stephens, 24, was shot to death Feb. 19 on Carrison Street in Berkeley. 

According to statistics, rewards don’t typically help solve murders, said Officer Ed Galvan, police spokesperson. But he added it was worth a try in these cases. 

“We’d hate to not put something up and lose the opportunity that someone would (offer information) for the money,” he said. 

To date no credible tips have been offered and no suspects have been identified, Galvan said. Anyone with information about either case can call 981-5900.