February 22, 2024
Claremont neighborhood residents were asked to shelter in place Friday night.

BERKELEY — Police on Friday night asked residents in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood to shelter in place while they searched for a suspect in a double stabbing.

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The stabbing happened around 6:30 p.m. near El Camino Real and the Oakridge Path, the Berkeley Police Department said in an advisory. Police did not release any information about the victims or their condition.

Police identified the suspect as 23-year-old Byron Decles. He is 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and has blond hair. He was last seen wearing a black hat, a red or brown hooded sweatshirt and black pants, as well as carrying a large black backpack.

The suspect is possibly armed with a “cutting instrument” and should not be approached, police said.

Police urged residents to lock all doors and windows and to report any suspicious activity.

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