According to local media reports, a man barricaded himself in a home on Parker and Acton around 7:00am this morning with a machete and knife. A 15-strong Berkeley police SWAT team used battering rams to enter the house and remove the man at around 10:20am.

Police shut down parts of the neighborhood and a day care across the street from the house closed down for the day, according to the reports.

See San Jose Mercury News.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Quote from the SJMerc report (you can’t make this stuff up):”Then the cat with the saw
    started taking off his clothes and for some reason he had on two pair
    of pants,” Jackson said. “Then he ran across the street and beat his way into the house with the machete.”

  2.  The resurgence of crime has nothing to do with residents(in the 80′ it was all domestically oriented violence or local losers). Now its people out of town raiding the new families coming in. Best to get a large dog, weapon and alarm and make friends with neighbors. The Police are near hapless in this case. Unless they catch them in the act they will not do jack. Police officer said this to me when a license plate of the criminal was presented to him. He said,”No Cause.” I say “BS.”

  3. As the economy keeps tanking, this was inevitable. And the city being sandwiched between the inept Richmond and Oakland Cities is like a shark feeding on seals off the golden gate. There is a commuter belt of freaks, crooks,losers and homeless that cross through the city picking off homes all day long. The City Police can’t patrol and the easy access to freeways makes it a snap.
    Crooks pay local crackheads to case the neighoods-they call in the status. the crooks rent vans and heave their loot into the van and it takes off. Wash and repeat for next house.
    Even better, the police have mentioned that they hire kids from Berkeley High and other schools to do the dirty work, since they can get off with a juvenile offense. Uncle Sludgebucket drives up, dumps the kids out and they heist the building.

  4. There was just a break in on Parker in the 1200 block a few weeks ago too (there are signs up in the neighborhood warning residents about it).  I’ve lived in the area for almost five years and haven’t had any issues (well, nothing worse than what we’ve experienced all over Berkeley). 

  5.  A mentally disturbed homeless person. Back in the 90s, incidents like this were so common that they wouldn’t make the news. Now, they’re unusual enough that people take note. I agree that it’s unfortunate, but if you look at how far South Berkeley has come in the last 20 years, I think there’s reason to be optimistic.

  6. Click through to the story in the San Jose Mercury News… it has a bunch more interesting information now.  

  7. It’s a shame this kind of thing is happening there. The neighborhood is trying so hard to improve itself, but then things like this happen. What a shame.

  8. As a resident of that beleagured neighborhood, a witness to many a dirtbag casing the area I’m hoping the police gave him 2 to the chest and one to the head. Just make him disappear…

  9. As a resident of that beleagured neighborhood, a witness to many a dirtbag casing the area I’m hoping the police gave him 2 to the chest and one to the head. Just make him disappear…