Police arrest man for alleged armed carjacking in Berkeley

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A 38-year-old woman was carjacked at gunpoint at Sea Breeze Market and Deli in West Berkeley on Sunday evening, according to authorities.

Berkeley Police Department officers responded to a report of a carjacking involving a firearm near West Frontage Road and University Avenue at 4:48 p.m., according to BPD officer Jennifer Coats. Upon locating the stolen vehicle, officers attempted to stop it, but the driver fled, crashing the vehicle near Ashby Avenue and Interstate 80, police said.

The alleged perpetrator, who police said was 26-year-old Oakland resident Bennie Williams, then attempted to flee on foot. Williams was arrested by officers a short time after on suspicion of carjacking, evading a police officer with disregard for public safety, carrying a concealed firearm and resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

Williams was booked to Santa Rita Jail with bail set at $445,000, according to the Alameda County Inmate Locator. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Oakland’s Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse.

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