BERKELEY — A man arrested five times this year faces 11 new charges, and his probation from a prior conviction has been revoked. He is accused of assaulting and robbing a resident who confronted him for peering inside a neighbor’s windows.
According to a prepared statement released by Berkeley PD. “When the resident confronted the suspect along with another family member, the suspect clenched his fists. He took a fighting stance and demanded money from the resident.”
The incident happened June 21 on the 2100 block of Emerson Street, near the border of Oakland. When a responding officer arrived, the suspect was still kicking and punching the resident who had confronted him.
The accused man is James E. McMillan, 28 whose last known address was in Oakland. McMillan, who sometimes uses “Jarvis” as an alias first name, has a lengthy arrest record dating back to 2014.
The officer attempted to detain McMillan, but he initially simply just walked away. However, he was apprehended a short time later, when more officers arrived on the scene.
McMillan was taken into custody at 10:02 a.m., two blocks away from where the violent assault and robbery occurred. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail, awaiting a scheduled court hearing on July 22.
McMillan’s charges include assault likely to produce great bodily injury, and second-degree robbery.
He also faces several special allegations for committing new offenses, following prior criminal convictions.
Since 2014, McMillan has been arrested a total of 21 times. His previous arrests were for assaults, battery, domestic violence, child endangerment, and public intoxication.