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Kamau Jawhar Berlin Arrested for Alleged Murder of 72 Year Old Nancy Jo McClellan in Berkeley



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An 18-year-old MAN was charged today with multiple felonies including murder, robbery, rape, attempted carjacking and elder abuse in connection with the death of a 72-year-old woman stabbed during an attempted carjacking in Berkeley.

Kamau Jawhar Berlin appeared in court today and was charged with five felony counts including felony murder, attempted second degree robbery, attempted carjacking with a deadly weapon, attempted forcible rape and elder abuse resulting in death.

Berlin was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and attempted carjacking on Sept. 19 following the stabbing of Emeryville resident Nancy Jo McClellan in the area of Russell and Otis streets around 4:30 p.m. that day. McClellan died of her injuries on Oct. 8, according to police.

Police said arriving officers saw a man fleeing the area who matched the suspect description given by callers and were able to detain him in the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way after a foot pursuit. The suspect later was identified as Berlin.

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  • But but but he was just a poor young black man getting his life together… He didn’t mean it? Let’s give him a pass!!! The young man is really good, but early… His mothe said so. You know it’s)hard,to be black, these days… He didn’t mean to kill the woman and steal and rob. Let’s give him a chance!!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha

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