On May 19, Berkeley Police Department officers arrested a man near the 7-Eleven store at 2000 San Pablo Ave. on suspicion of threatening people of foreign descent.
The suspect allegedly entered the store at 6:39 p.m. and opened a bag of chips; he began yelling and became aggressive after being asked to leave, according to a BPD Nixle alert. The suspect allegedly made comments “that are disparaging of persons of foreign descent,” the alert adds.
After encountering officers near the store, the suspect ran toward University Avenue and was arrested after “tripping over his own feet,” according to the alert.
The suspect, a 63-year-old Berkeley man, was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, resisting arrest and committing a hate crime.