Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

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A Berkeley resident was arrested Sunday night in connection with an attempted murder after he allegedly attacked a city mental health worker.

The incident occurred in the Whole Foods parking lot, located at 1025 Gilman St., according to Berkeley Police Department Officer Byron White. The suspect, Eric Bruylant, was also arrested on suspicion of obstruction of a public officer, first-degree robbery, carjacking and receiving stolen property. He is currently being held in the Berkeley City Jail without bail.

White said the victim, a member of the city of Berkeley’s mental health mobile crisis team, was responding to a call about someone in mental distress.

The mental health worker remained in the area when the suspect allegedly entered her vehicle and attempted to strangle her, White said. The victim was able to fight off the suspect and reach her police radio to call for help. She was treated at the scene.

“This is the first time in the 18 years I’ve been here when a mental health worker was attacked like this,” White said.

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