BERKELEY – The same man who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly assaulting a man with a skateboard in a downtown park is also a suspect in a prior robbery incident—involving the same victim.
Officers from the University of California Police Department responded to an incident at People’s Park on May 28, where an altercation between two men occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. Neither of the men has any affiliation with U.C.
The park, situated on property owned by the university is located off Telegraph Avenue south of the U.C. Berkeley campus, is popular with homeless people, and frequently a hotspot for crime.
U.C. campus police said the suspect threatened the victim and then hit the back of the victim’s head with a skateboard. The victim sustained a head injury and received medical treatment.
Campus police searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect who fled from the park before officers arrived.
The suspect Alfred C. Taylor, 35, was located the following day on the 2500 block of Dwight Way, where he was detained and then taken into custody on May 29 at 11:51 p.m.
Taylor is accused of committing a total of 12 felonies and 3 misdemeanors. Charges leveled against him include possession of a controlled substance, second degree robbery, receiving stolen property, identity theft, attempting to dissuade a witness, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Taylor is being held at Santa Rita Jail for $150,000 bail. A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for June 6 at the Rene C. Davidson Alameda County Courthouse.