Berkeley police arrest man on suspicion of battery, elder abuse

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A man was arrested by Berkeley Police Department officers after allegedly punching several people, including a UC Berkeley alumnus, and allegedly attempting to take a woman’s phone. The man was arrested on suspicion of battery and elder abuse.

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Berkeley Police Department officers arrested a man Monday on suspicion of battery and elder abuse after he allegedly punched several people, including a UC Berkeley alumnus, on Shattuck Avenue.

Marquise Okoronkwo, a 25-year-old Oakland resident, approached a woman in her 60s outside the Target Express and demanded her cellphone, according to BPD spokesperson Officer Byron White. After allegedly spitting in her direction, Okoronkwo unsuccessfully tried to take her phone, White added.

Okoronkwo then allegedly stole her push cart and threw it into the street. He was later arrested by BPD officers on suspicion of robbery and violating probation. White said Okoronkwo also allegedly punched other people, including UC Berkeley alumnus Jay Mantuhac, prior to his arrest.

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