Man charged with attempted murder in Downtown Berkeley assault last week

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The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged the man who allegedly severely beat an Oakland resident last week with attempted murder Friday.

Last Wednesday, Texas resident Duane Nailor, 54, allegedly struck Shawn Bradford, 41, with a pipe repeatedly on his head and body, according to a Thursday police report. During an argument with the victim, Nailor retrieved the pipe from his vehicle, the report said. He then allegedly continued kicking and hitting Bradford even after the victim was knocked to the ground and sustained major injuries.

The suspect also allegedly smashed a passing vehicle’s window with the pipe, a Wednesday Berkeley Police Department press release states.

According to court documents, Nailor was arraigned at 2 p.m. Friday at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland and was scheduled to return to the courthouse Monday to plead guilty or not guilty. During that time, Nailor was held at the Santa Rita Jail without bail.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office also charged Nailor with related counts of assaulting Bradford, Sgt. R. Cummings, Keston Sutherland, Philip Newman, U.K. Chung and Michael Snear with a pipe, evading an officer, evading an officer against traffic and damaging a vehicle.

Sutherland, a University of Sussex professor and Holloway Poetry Fellow at UC Berkeley, said in an email that he was not actually a victim of the assault but had tried unsuccessfully to prevent it. After the attack, Sutherland knelt down beside the victim and held him.
Bradford remains in critical condition, according to BPD spokesperson Officer Jennifer Coats.

As of Monday morning, BPD officers had no further information to release about the investigation, Coats said.

On Wednesday, officers took Nailor into custody after receiving reports of an assault at the northeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Center Street. About 12:45 a.m., officers headed toward the scene, at which point the suspect fled west in a sport utility vehicle, according to the press release.

In the police report, BPD Officer Kenneth Tu alleges Nailor “drove with willful and wanton disregard for public safety in his attempts to evade officers, driving at high rates of speed through poorly lit residential neighborhoods and at times driving on the wrong side of the roadway.”

On Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Nailor allegedly struck a police car and sped onward until he collided into a tree on Hopkins Street, paring open the side of his car. According to the police report, Nailor allegedly tried to flee, but officers caught up to him within yards of the collision.

Nailor was treated in a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The police officer in the car whom Nailor struck sustained minor injuries, Coats said.

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