Police Still Seeking Suspect in Berkeley’s First Homicide of 2010

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday February 18, 2010 - 08:47:00 AM

Berkeley police are still looking for Berkeley resident Kevin Aaron Alvarado in connection with last Thursday’s fatal stabbing. 

Alvarado, 22, is considered armed and dangerous and Berkeley homicide detectives believe he might attempt to flee the country. He is a known member of the West Side Berkeley gang. The homicide is Berkeley’s first of 2010. 

Berkeley Police Department officers responded to a stabbing which had just occurred on the 2100 block of Curtis Street at approximately 7:40 p.m. Feb. 11. Patrol officers found the victim, Michael Joseph Mayfield, 40, of Richmond, in the area of Allston Way and Curtis Street with a stab wound to his chest. 

Berkeley Fire Department paramedics rushed the victim to the Alameda County Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Andrew Frankel said that the victim’s name was not being released. The victim is a resident of Albany. 

Police are seeking the public’s help to find Alvarado, who has been described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 205 pounds. 

Anyone who might have any information regarding this crime is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at 981-5741 or 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch line). If callers wish to remain anonymous they can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).