No Signs of Slowing Down – 59-Year-Old Felon Arrested 3 Times in February
Photo: Jonathan Wright
BERKELEY — Jonathan Wright has been getting in trouble for decades and shows no signs of slowing down at age 59. Wright was arrested three times in February and public records indicate he has been committing felonies since at least 1992.
Wright who has no permanent address frequents Berkeley and Oakland. He is presently housed at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, in lieu of $255,000 bond, pending a court hearing on March 29.
Wright was most recently arrested February 23 in Berkeley. This time he allegedly committed an armed robbery and assault of a pedestrian. The victim was a woman attacked near the Valero gas station at 1894 University Avenue.
She was grabbed by her neck and held in a chokehold, before being dragged behind the gas station. She was able to break free after dropping her purse on the ground.
She asked a bystander for help to retrieve her purse, and Wright allegedly brandished a knife and chased him away. No one was reported injured.
When Berkeley officers arrived on the scene, they located and arrested Wright while he was still at the gas station. Officers searched him and confiscated a folding knife, and a glass pipe—typically used for smoking methamphetamine.
For the attack, Wright faces charges for second-degree robbery, and three weapons-related charges. He also has a second-degree burglary charge pending for an unrelated commercial burglary in Berkeley.
Wright was also arrested February 13 in San Francisco for sexual battery with restraint and carrying a dagger. On February 7, he was arrested for the burglary in Berkeley.
In addition, Wright was previously arrested in 2020, 2019 and 2018 for assault, battery, and shoplifting. His legacy includes arrests for armed carjacking in 1996, armed robbery in 1992, and earlier felony convictions.