Suspect Brandishes Knives, Jumps into San Francisco Bay before his Arrest
Photo: Marty Schwind
BERKELEY — A man trying to flee from police who jumped into San Francisco Bay remains in custody. The suspect faces charges for robbery and ten other crimes, including brandishing knives at officers.
On August 24 shortly before 5:30 p.m., police began receiving reports of vandalism. A man was smashing windows of vehicles in a parking lot at Berkeley Marina.
Officers located the suspect on University Avenue, walking away from the marina. Officers attempted to detain him, but he brandished knives at them and ran away.
Officers soon found themselves in a standoff near the Seabreeze Market & Deli located at 598 University Avenue.
The man ducked under a pedestrian bridge adjacent to Interstate 80, across from the Seabreeze. Officers tried talking him into surrendering, but he refused to come out.
After an hour or so, he bolted towards the bay and leaped into the water. Two knives left behind on shore were recovered as evidence.
The man swam about 75 feet to an old pier pylon. He clung to it for 45 minutes during a second standoff. It ended when the Berkeley Fire Department dispatched a jet ski with a flotation device and towed him to shore.
Officers arrested the suspect identified as Marty A. Schwind, 43 of Fairfield, at 7:54 p.m. Schwind was booked into the Santa Rita Jail, where he remains in custody in lieu of $75,000 bond. His charges are –
- Displaying an imitation firearm in public
- Vandalism $5,000 or more
- Tampering with vehicle
- Exhibiting a deadly weapon to resist arrest
- Assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury
- Felon in possession of body armor
- Possession of controlled substance paraphernalia
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Obstruct/resist executive officer
- Obstruct/resist peace officer