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Man arrested after allegedly breaking into South Berkeley home

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Managing Editor

MAY 18, 2011

A man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly breaking into a Southside home and barricading himself in another.

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

According to Kusmiss, the suspect fled 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.

Members of the Barricaded Suspect Hostage Negotiation Team were on duty and began attempting dialogue with the suspect, Kusmiss said in the email. At about 10:20 a.m., the suspect – identified as Kamal Abdul Khalid – agreed to exit.

As of press time, members of the Berkeley Fire Department had transported Khalid to an 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.

MAY 25, 2011