Female suspect arrested for striking two people, BPD officer in head with tree branch

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A female suspect was arrested Thursday for striking two different people and an officer in the head with a tree branch in Downtown Berkeley, according to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Byron White.

The suspect, 29-year-old homeless woman Dawn Yvette Carraway, was arrested for multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, vandalism and violating her probation, according to White.

At approximately 9:31 a.m., officers responded to the Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way intersection after receiving multiple calls reporting that a person was knocking over garbage cans and throwing sticks at passing vehicles, White said in an email. Witnesses later told officers that the unprovoked suspect had struck two different people in the head with sticks while they were waiting at the light to cross Allston Way. One of them was transported to a local hospital to treat the head injury.

According to White, witnesses also reported that the suspect was breaking a large glass window at the GameStop st0re on Shattuck Avenue before officers arrived at the scene.

When two BPD officers approached the suspect in front of GameStop, the suspect threw a tree branch, striking one officer in the head, according to White. The two officers requested emergency help from other officers and were able to take the suspect into custody. She was transported to Santa Rita Jail for booking.

White said in an email that the officer who was struck with the tree branch was treated at a local hospital for a possible concussion, and two other officers were treated at the scene for cuts and bruises.

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