Further Details Uncovered in Fraternity Member's Stabbing

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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article contained the name of the victim. It has been removed at the request of his family, out of concern for his safety. All comments on the article that refer to his name have also been removed.

A UC Berkeley fraternity member was stabbed at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday, marking the southeast corner of Channing Way and Piedmont Avenue with blood.

The victim is a UC Berkeley junior and member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, according to UC Berkeley freshman Wesley Harkonen, a member of the same fraternity. The victim's family has requested that his name not be printed out of concern for his safety.

Berkeley police Sgt. Patricia Delaluna confirmed that a stabbing occurred but did not confirm the victim's name.

"There was a physical altercation and an individual was stabbed in the belly," she said.

Julia Gache, a freshman at Mills College, said she and eight others including the victim left a Kappa Sigma fraternity party at 1 a.m.

She said organizers shut the party down shortly before 1 a.m., when a group of 10 individuals-who allegedly physically assaulted several attendees and attempted to steal items from the house-refused to leave.

"Everybody got kicked out because of them," she said. "They were trouble and everybody knew it."

Gache said teh victim's group was en route to the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity when they were approached by two of the individuals from the group that had disturbed the party.

One of the individuals, a black man about 5 feet 6 inches tall, began verbally harassing a girl in the victim's group, Gache said.

"He kept saying 'I wanna fuck you,'" she said. "He just kept going and going."

After repeated harassment, the girl slapped the perpetrator, who slapped her in return, Gache said.

The girl's boyfriend confronted the perpetrator and a fight ensued between the two individuals, according to Gache. The victim tried to intervene but was stabbed in the process.

"Rob turned around and he said he got stabbed," Gache said. "I (said) 'you're kidding,' and he lifted his shirt and blood poured out."

Gache applied pressure to the victim's wound while several members of the group dialed 911.

"(The police) were there literally a minute after we called," she said.

Gache said an officer attributed the quick response to an increased police presence in the area in response to the South Berkeley sexual predator.

By 1:20 a.m., about 15 police cars had arrived at the scene and a large section of sidewalk and the intersection was roped off.

Delaluna said police were questioning people of interest, but that no suspects had been identified as of 3 a.m.

Nonetheless, Gache said the two individuals responsible for the altercation were quickly apprehended by police. She and several other witnesses positively identified the two perpetrators in a police lineup.

Delaluna said no weapons were found in the hours following the incident.

Delaluna said the victim was in stable condition at the hospital as of 3 a.m. His parents were notified and arrived at the hospital shortly thereafter.

Gache said an officer confirmed that the two individuals she identified as the perpetrators were arrested, but she did not know if they were charged with the crime.

Police could not be reached for further comment throughout the afternoon.

"I would love to know that they're locked up," Gache said. "(The officer) assured me that they got them."


Contact Melani Sutedja and Zach A. Williams at [email protected]

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