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People's Park Frequenter Arrested by UCPD Monday

UCPD arrested People's Park frequenter Austin White and booked him on charges of battery and five outstanding misdemeanor warrants in the park Monday afternoon.

During a security check of the park, two UCPD officers observed White "striking another individual with his hand," at around 3:48 p.m. and arrested him on a count of battery, according to UCPD Lt. Alex Yao. White was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on the battery charge, in addition to five misdemeanor warrants. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

On the night of Jan. 27, White was allegedly assaulted by Matthew Dodt, who had been staging a tree-sit in the park for 89 days. Dodt was arrested by UCPD the following morning on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.

In an interview with The Daily Californian the night before his arrest, Dodt said White and three other men had approached his tree that night, threatening to burn it down and "end this tree sit." As the men neared the tree, Dodt lowered himself onto a wooden platform, where he allegedly assaulted White who suffered a hand injury.

At Dodt's hearing Feb. 2, Judge Rhonda Burgess read aloud a police report stating that White's hands were slashed by Dodt's knife as White lifted his hand to cover his neck. Dodt pleaded not guilty on all three charges.

Dodt is currently being detained at Santa Rita Jail. His pre-trial is set for Feb. 17, with a preliminary examination of evidence scheduled for Mar. 16.

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