Police Blotter

Berkeley Woman Stabbed
Friday December 08, 2006

Berkeley Woman Stabbed While Confronting Burglar 


An angry burglar stabbed an elderly Berkeley woman in the head after she confronted him on the back steps of her home late Wednesday afternoon. 

The woman, who is in her late 70s, sustained a broken foot as well as knife wounds to her head and body during her confrontation with the burglar, said Berkeley Police spokesperson Officer Ed Galvan. 

Now being treated in a local hospital, she is expected to recover, Officer Galvan said. 

The woman was working in the backyard garden of her home in the 1100 block of Parker Street when she saw a young, scruffy-looking man entering her home. When she confronted him, the burglar attacked with his knife. 

Called moments after the 5 p.m. attack, police fanned out through the area but could find no trace of the attacker, who the victim said was between 16 and 23 years old, said Officer Galvan. 

Another search that began soon after sunrise turned up a bloody knife in a nearby garbage can. 

“This is really unusual,” said one officer. “Burglars usually run, they flee. They don’t attack people.”