Three Arrested for Alleged Assault at People's Park

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Police arrested three suspects who allegedly hit a victim in the head with a bottle at People's Park on Tuesday.

UCPD received a call at about 5:09 p.m. from the victim, a 25-year-old man who is not affiliated with UC Berkeley. The victim told police he was sitting on a bench at the park when he was approached by three males, according to UCPD police Lt. Adan Tejada.

After being threatened by one of the male suspects, the victim tried to leave. One of the suspects allegedly proceeded to assault the victim with the bottle, Tejada said.

According to Tejada, the three suspects and other individuals at the park then allegedly began kicking the victim, who called police after the suspects left the scene.

UCPD searched the area and found three suspects who matched the descriptions given to police by the victim, Tejada said. David Godwin, 24, Jared Jones, 30, and Jessica Macola, 21, were identified and arrested shortly after the incident.

Tejada said the victim had visible injuries but denied receiving medical attention.

The victim reported that his belongings were missing, but police did not find his possessions on the three arrested suspects, Tejada said.

Macola, who UCPD has dealt with in Berkeley before, was not part of the group that initially approached the victim, according to Tejada.

She allegedly became involved when other individuals in the park began kicking the victim, Tejada said.

Tejada said UCPD is not searching for any of the other individuals involved in the incident.

"We've made the arrests on the people we believe were primarily responsible," Tejada said. "We don't have any direct information on who else might be involved at this time."


-Arielle Turner

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