Man arrested for alleged Southside burglary

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A man was arrested this morning after allegedly entering a Southside home and barricading himself inside another.

The three-hour incident began a few minutes before 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning when a male resident reported a burglary under way inside his home in the 1300 block of Parker Street, Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said in an email. By the time Berkeley police officers arrived on scene, Kusmiss said in the email that the suspect was seen wielding a machete and a tree saw running away from the home.

According to Kusmiss, the suspect continued to flee on foot after being "challenged" by Berkeley police and eventually ran to another unit on Parker Street.

"The suspect then broke a pane of glass in the door to the unit, dove inside and was barricaded with two potentially deadly weapons," Kusmiss said in the email. "Officers created a safety perimeter to contain the scene which covered approximately four blocks, contacted the homeowner who lived in the house in front, who confirmed to them that the unit was vacant."

Members of the Barricaded Suspect Hostage Negotiation Team were on duty and began attempting to dialogue with the suspect, Kusmiss said in the email. At about 10:20 a.m., Kusmiss said in the email that the suspect - identified as Kamal Abdul Khalid - agreed to exit the unit, machete in hand, though he dropped it and was eventually subdued by officers.

As of about 2 p.m. Wednesday, members of the Berkeley Fire Department transported Khalid to a local emergency room for assessment and to be deemed "fit for incarceration," upon which he will be booked for residential burglary, according to Kusmiss.

No community members were injured during the incident, though Kusmiss said in the email that Khalid and the officers did sustain some cuts.


J.D. Morris is an assistant news editor. Contact him at [email protected]

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