Suspect charged in relation to stabbing on Hillegass Avenue

Screenshot with marker at the intersection of Dwight St. and Hillegass Ave.
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On Saturday at 1:46 a.m., three male UC Berkeley students in their 20s were approached by two to three suspects, which resulted in a physical altercation on Hillegass Avenue.

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What began as a walk down Hillegass Avenue turned violent when three UC Berkeley students were approached by two to three suspects, leading to a physical altercation, Saturday at 1:46 a.m.

According to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Byron White, the three students — all men in their 20s — were walking on Hillegass Avenue, just south of Dwight Way, when one of them was hit in the head with a hard object and another stabbed in the back with a knife.

Though the man who was struck was medically evaluated at the scene, the stabbing victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. White noted that he is expected to recover.

An hour after the incident, Oakland Police Department officers made contact on the 5900 block of Shattuck Avenue with a man who claimed to have been involved in an incident at People’s Park, according to White. OPD then reached out to BPD, which resulted in an investigation.

Following the investigation, police arrested the suspect, David Meier, a 28-year-old man with no address, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, injury-causing battery and an outstanding warrant for his arrest, White said.

Meier was later charged by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday with the assault, as well as with special allegations for causing great bodily injury, personal infliction of great bodily injury and the commission of a crime while on bail or own recognizance.

BPD asks anyone with information about the case to contact its Homicide Unit at 510-981-5741.

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Veronica Roseborough is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @v_roseborough.