Restraining order filed by city attorney against Berkeley Mental Health client

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The city attorney has filed a restraining order petition against Berkeley resident Rosemary Jones for allegedly repeatedly threatening the life of a Berkeley Mental Health Division employee.

According to the petition, on June 5, Jones, a Berkeley Mental Health client, allegedly made “wholly unprovoked” threats against the employee, a behavioral health clinician at Berkeley’s Mental Health Clinic, leading the city to believe that Jones is “violent and volatile.”

The employee received three threatening voicemails within the course of one day, then filed a police report that same day.

In the first voicemail, Jones allegedly threatened to kill the employee, cut his children “up to pieces” and mail them to the employee, according to transcripts included in the petition.

Her voicemails “appear to be a result of a dispute with her social security payee,” reads the petition.

Jones has a long history of leaving inappropriate messages for Berkeley’s Mental Health Clinic staff, the petition alleges.

If the petition is granted, it will not be the first restraining order that Alameda County Superior Court has issued against Jones.

In 2014, Jones verbally threatened a West Berkeley Senior Center staff member in person, and, after being detained and released for a separate violent offense, continued to threaten the life of this staff member and was subsequently issued a restraining order.

Jones is ordered by the present petition to stay at least 100 yards away from the mental health employee, their various work locations, vehicle and home.

Audrey McNamara is the executive news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @McNamaraAud.