Man arrested for alleged aggravated battery of multiple individuals

A man was arrested Tuesday night for alleged aggravated battery of multiple individuals between People’s Park and Caffe Mediterraneum after he arrived at the cafe and falsely accused another man of possessing a handgun.

At approximately 10:38 p.m., the suspect, 27-year-old Jerry Thomas, flagged down a UCPD officer on patrol outside the cafe and claimed that a patron sitting inside the cafe had just attempted to rob him at gunpoint and that he still had the gun on his person, according to UCPD spokesperson Lt. Alex Yao.

Yao said UCPD officers as well as the Berkeley Police Department were called in to assist with the search of the individual Thomas claimed was in possession of the gun.

UCPD officers detained the individual, but during the course of the search, it was discovered not only that Thomas’ claim was false, but also “numerous” witnesses came forward claiming Thomas had battered individuals at People’s Park and subsequently in the areas between the park and the cafe, according to Yao.

“One of the witnesses who came forward probably suffered a broken nose,” he said. “Based on the investigation, Thomas was arrested for aggravated battery.”

Thomas, who was on parole, was transported to the Berkeley Jail Facility, where he was booked before he said he required medical attention. Thomas was then transported to Highland General Hospital in Oakland before being moved to Santa Rita Jail for processing, said Yao.

According to Yao, the number of individuals who claimed they were assaulted by Thomas is still under investigation.

Katie Nelson is an assistant news editor.