Homicide Suspects Identified

By Bay City News Service
Thursday May 21, 2009 - 10:01:00 AM

Police Monday released the names of two suspects who were arrested Saturday, May 16, after a fatal shooting in Berkeley that led to a vehicle pursuit and crash in Oakland that killed two bystanders.  

Anthony Price, a 24-year-old Oakland resident, and Stephon Anthony, a 22-year-old San Leandro resident, were arrested after the crash, Berkeley police spokesman Andrew Frankel said. Officers also recovered two assault weapons from their vehicle, according to Frankel. 

Two other suspects in the case remained outstanding as of this afternoon. 

The incident began shortly after 6:30 p.m. May 16 when a Berkeley police officer heard gunshots in the area of Allston Way and 10th Street in West Berkeley, police said. 

Officers responded and found a 25-year-old Berkeley man on Allston Way west of San Pablo Avenue. He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. 

Frankel said investigators were not releasing his name this afternoon. 

As the officers were arriving, they saw a Cadillac occupied by four men fleeing the area. 

The officers pursued the Cadillac through Berkeley and into Oakland, where it crashed into a Mazda and a pedestrian at Aileen Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, police said. 

Both the pedestrian and the driver of the Mazda were killed. 

The driver of the Mazda has been identified as 27-year-old Brentwood resident Todd Perea, Frankel said. 

Police were not releasing the name of the pedestrian because the victim’s family has not yet been notified, Frankel said. 

After the crash, police arrested Price and Anthony, but the other two suspects managed to flee the area on foot. 

Berkeley and Oakland police searched the area using a helicopter and police dogs into the early morning hours, but didn’t find the two outstanding suspects.  

Frankel said they should both be considered armed and dangerous, but police were not releasing any description of them this afternoon. 

Frankel said the officers had followed protocol in the pursuit and were chasing suspects who were involved in a violent crime involving great bodily injury. 

“The pursuit was very much by the book,” Frankel said.