'America's Most Wanted' Episode to Focus on Berkeley Incident

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Berkeley played host to the TV show "America's Most Wanted" Tuesday when it filmed a segment in the city.

The show, which airs on the Fox Network, previously filmed in the area several weeks ago, but returned yesterday for a final day of filming with its host, John Walsh.

This episode centers around the May shooting death of Berkeley resident Charles Davis. The subsequent car chase between police and suspects in the shooting led to a crash and the deaths of Todd Perea of Brentwood and Floyd Ross of Berkeley.

Following the incident, two of the suspects, Anthony Price and Stephon Anthony, were arrested at the scene, and a third, Samuel Flowers, was apprehended almost two weeks later in Florida. The fourth suspect, Rafael Campbell, is still at large.

The purpose of the show is "to bring Campbell to justice," said producer Andrew Holland.

"We hope to accomplish what we have for the last 23 seasons, to get a lead that police need to be able to find Rafael Campbell and put him behind bars," he said.

Berkeley Police Department Officer Andrew Frankel said the national profile of the show might help attract new witnesses.

"By bringing them in, we are able to reach potential witnesses nationwide," he said in an e-mail. "We are still searching for one outstanding suspect who could very well have left the state. Their involvement helps us reach those potential witnesses."

Holland said he approached the Berkeley Police Department about the case after reading articles on the incident.

"Before there was even a fugitive named, we called and asked if we could be of assistance in any capacity and the relationship began," he said.

Holland said the crew filmed reenactments of the incident last month in Berkeley. Filming Tuesday centered around host John Walsh meeting with the detective on the case and the victims' family members. The crew also shot footage of the crime scene at Allston Street and 10th Street.

Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore said several residents expressed concern about the filming, which took place in his district.

"Some people e-mailed my office concerned about this second round of filming," he said. "It's been about (a) 2-to-1 (ratio) of people who didn't want to see the filming take place and (several) ... people who supported (it) because they thought it would catch the criminal."

After completing filming in Berkeley, the show traveled to an Oakland parking garage to film a scene with the getaway car used by the suspects.

Moore added that many residents are glad the show will no longer be filming in the area.

"It's a relief to a lot of people," he said. "I tried to get the shooting moved out of the neighborhood, but it was unsuccessful."

The episode will air Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. PST.

Tags: AMERICA'S MOST WANTED


Amy Brooks is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected]



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