Transient Arrested Following a Brutal Crowbar Attack on an Elderly Man
Photo: Juan A. Smith
BERKELEY — Juan A. Smith, a 31-year-old transient is behind bars again—following a brutal crowbar attack on an elderly man. Smith who was jailed twice last year is presently in custody in lieu of $185,000 bond.
The victim in his 60s was brutally attacked January 27 near Bancroft Way and Fourth Avenue. It happened after he called 911 to report several cars with smashed windows, and an RV on fire.
The victim also saw the suspect standing on the roof of the burning RV. While he was reporting what he saw the suspect started running towards him—carrying a crowbar. The victim ran from the suspect, but the victim fell and was beaten with the crowbar.
His phone was stolen before the attacker fled. First responders located the victim who was unconscious. He was transported to a hospital for treatment for injuries to his head and arms. Smith was located by railroad tracks near University Avenue, and he was arrested at 8:57 p.m.
Police found the victim’s phone tucked inside Smith’s pocket. The crowbar Smith allegedly used to attack the victim was located and recovered, not far from where the attack occurred.
Smith was booked into Santa Rita Jail a few hours later. Ten felony charges were filed against Smith on January 31. His charges include assault and robbery.
Smith who apparently has no permanent address was arrested twice during 2021. He was arrested in July for grand theft and vehicle theft. In June last year, he was arrested for burglary, identity theft and possession of a controlled substance.