An 18-year-old Richmond man has been charged with attempted murder and attempted carjacking for allegedly stabbing an elderly woman in Berkeley on Friday afternoon, police said today.
Kamau Berlin is scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, authorities said.
The victim, a 72-year-old Oakland woman, is still in critical condition at a hospital, Berkeley police said.
Officers were called to the vicinity of Russell and Otis streets at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday after a woman was heard yelling for help in the area, police said.
Arriving officers saw a man matching the description given by callers who was fleeing the area and were able to detain him in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way after a foot pursuit, police said. The suspect later was identified as Berlin.
Police found the elderly woman suffering from severe injuries and she was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police said it appears that Berlin allegedly stabbed the woman several times during the attempted carjacking.
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