After a three and half hour standoff, Berkeley police arrested a 65-year old man on Wednesday who had barricaded himself in a house on Parker Street armed with a machete and saw.

Kamal Abdul Khalid was taken into custody about 10:20 am after giving himself up to police. He was taken to a hospital for a mental health examination and was later booked for burglary, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss of the Berkeley Police Department.

The incident started around 7 am when a man living in the 1300 block of Parker Street called police to report there was a burglar in his home. The resident grabbed a baseball bat to defend himself and went outside. The suspect grabbed a machete and saw and also went outside. When Khalid saw police approaching, he allegedly ran into the back yard of a house across the street, up some stairs, and broke a window to climb into a vacant apartment, according to police.

Berkeley police closed off a four-block area for more than three hours.

As SWAT teams started to come into the unit, Khalid came outside and dropped the machete and saw. He resisted being put in handcuffs but was eventually subdued, said Sgt. Kusmiss. He has suffered some cuts on his hands and arms from breaking the window, she said.

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  1. my name is oni sierra.the man in this particular incident is my father.he has 5 beautiful girls who some have become mothers and all are successful strong women.i had lost contact with my father several years back but never once stopped wondering where or how he was.i just didnt kno how to go about it?id really like to find him and make sure he is ok…we all would.if you have anymore info on this please contact me thru email oni_sierra@yahoo.com or by phone at 864 567 2873

  2. I live about 3 blocks away and was home all day and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary.  Amazing!

  3. It’s strange how Disqus allows some comments to go through without requiring approval, and how some that get approved never actually appear.

    I’m sorry if I seemed overly combative in my response, I’m just sick of Mr. Lord complaining and criticizing this site when he clearly uses it every single day.

  4. Why was my comment deleted?

    If Tom Lord really has so many problems with the way things are done at Berkeleyside then he should stop whining and go start his own news website.

    You’ve already banned him once for his incessant whining and abusive posts.

  5. Sure.  I would  (if you asked, which you didn’t, so I’m a jerk 🙂 vote “ick” for that kind of picture use in a hard news story — it’s too easily accidentally misleading.   Something more clearly an icon (or a portrait of Kusmiss) that suggests “official police statement” — less easily mistaken for pictures from the story — would make more sense to me.  

  6. Not much, it has to be said. But we don’t have a picture of the house in question or neighborhood, so we opted to go for a generic police photo. Can’t be perfect all the time 🙂