Photo: Mark E. Jekabson
PINOLE — Authorities took a bloody man into custody one day after he stabbed an elderly woman nearly to death. The man is suspected of attempting to murder his mother.
On September 4, someone reported hearing a woman screaming for help at a residence located on the 1500 block of Edith Street in Berkeley. Responding officers found the victim bleeding profusely at 2:47 a.m.
The 76-year-old woman suffered stab wounds in her arms. She survived her injuries but required extensive medical treatment.
Her attacker fled before police arrived. Officers followed a trail of blood for three blocks, but the suspect eluded capture.
Police kept a lookout for the suspect at Live Oak Park in Berkeley and along Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany. They knew he frequents these areas.
In fact, Berkeley police issued an alert for residents to maintain vigilance. “The suspect is wanted for attempted murder and may be armed and dangerous. If you encounter the suspect immediately dial 911.”
Well, officers found the suspect in a park, but not in Berkeley. The arrest occurred about 13 miles away at Fernandez Park in Pinole. Someone reported seeing a suspicious person: a man acting strangely with blood dripping from his forehead.
On September 5, Pinole police apprehended the suspect identified as 42-year-old Mark E. Jekabson. They arrested him in the park at 3:30 p.m., near Tennent Avenue.
An identity checked revealed the man had an outstanding arrest warrant. Pinole officers first detained Jekabson and later turned him over to the Berkeley police.