Recidivist Stabbing Suspect Runs Towards Police Station Surrounded by Cops
BERKELEY — Police had no trouble locating a recidivist suspect fleeing from the scene of an attempted murder on Sunday evening. It happened directly across the street from the Berkeley Police Department.
A stabbing report came in on July 29 shortly before 7 p.m. Officers nearby responded in squad cars and on foot from inside the police station. They caught their suspect about 15 minutes later.
The stabbing occurred at a parking lot located near Civic Center Park and the Old City Hall adjacent to the police station. The victim, a 29-year-old homeless man was stabbed multiple times and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries.
Witnesses pointed out the suspect to police pursuing him running through the park. The suspect initially ran directly towards the police station, before veering away at the last minute.
Next, the suspect ran up the steps of the ornate Old City Hall at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, where he attempted to hide. However, there was little cover and officers arrested him without further incident.
Shortly afterward, police recovered a knife believed used in the stabbing attack. The suspect allegedly threw it away while fleeing from the area.
As it turns out, the suspect Kendall J. Yazzie, 22 of Berkeley is no stranger to law enforcement. Yazzie has several prior arrests; he has recently received a conviction and resultant probation for assault, among other crimes.
Presently, Yazzie remains in custody inside Santa Rita Jail. His latest charges are attempted murder, and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. His arraignment is on July 31.