UC Berkeley student arrested in connection with city’s 1st homicide of 2017

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Update 01/07/2017: This article has been updated to reflect additional information from the Berkeley Police Department.

The suspect wanted in connection with a stabbing and homicide was taken into custody Saturday, according to a Berkeley Police Department Nixle alert.

The BPD watch commander received a call from Burbank Police Department officers at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, informing him that Pablo Gomez Jr., 24, of North Hollywood, California, was now in custody. Gomez, pictured above, is the primary suspect in connection with the stabbing of a female victim, as well as with the homicide of an unidentified victim, both of which occurred Friday morning. Gomez is a UC Berkeley student.

“We’re grateful to the Burbank Police Department for their assistance in this matter,” said BPD spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Frankel. “We’re glad that (Gomez) is now in custody.”

Frankel said he was unable to share additional details regarding how Gomez was apprehended.

At approximately 11:42 a.m. Friday, BPD responded to a call made on the behalf of a victim of a stabbing near the 2600 block of Ridge Road. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim seriously wounded and provided her with medical attention until Berkeley Fire Department transported her to a local hospital. The victim is currently in stable condition and is receiving treatment for her injuries, according to Frankel.

During the course of its investigation, BPD was led to an address on the 2400 block of Ashby Avenue, where it uncovered evidence of a violent crime. Later, BPD discovered the currently unidentified body of a homicide victim.

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Contact Harini Shyamsundar and Chantelle Lee at [email protected].