Suspect in Berkeley homicide arrested after fleeing authorities for 11 years

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Kevin Alvarado, the primary suspect allegedly involved in the fatal Berkeley stabbing of 40-year-old Michael Mayfield in 2010, was arrested July 26 by Border Patrol after fleeing authorities and escaping to Mexico years previous, as first reported by Berkeleyside.

On Feb. 11, 2010, Berkeley Police Department received word of a stabbing that had occurred on Curtis Street at around 7:40 p.m., according to the Berkeleyside article. A witness saw Mayfield being stabbed in the torso, the man sustaining life-threatening wounds to the lung and artery. Court papers were later noted as having identified Alvarado, an alleged member of the West Side Berkeley Norteño gang, as the culprit responsible for the attack on Mayfield.

Following Mayfield’s stabbing, court papers added that another man, 42-year-old Robert Briggs, had then pursued Mayfield and had struck him in the legs with a lead pipe.

“Less than a week after the attack, the Alameda County district attorney’s office charged Alvarado with murder and Briggs with felony assault with a deadly weapon and being an accessory after the fact,” the article reads.

Despite being charged, Alvarado continued to evade arrest in the time following Mayfield’s death. It was only years later that Alvarado was returned to custody, the Berkeleyside article noting that the man was sent back to Alameda County and is being held without bail.

According to the article, Alvarado has been in custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin since July 28 and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Sept. 7 at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse.

Samantha Lim is a deputy news editor. Contact her at [email protected], and follow her on Twitter at @sssamanthalim.