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Berkeley police lift shelter in place, still seek stabbing suspect

PIX Now Evening Edition 12-8-23
PIX Now Evening Edition 12-8-23 09:23

BERKELEY -- A shelter-in-place order from the Berkeley Police Department was lifted Friday night for residents in the area of Oak Ridge Road and El Camino Real.

Police are still looking for the suspect in a double stabbing that caused the lockdown just after 8 p.m.

UPDATE: Oakland police arrest Berkeley stabbing suspect Byron Decles who injured 2 people Friday

Police responded to the area of the Oak Ridge Steps at about 6:30 p.m. after reports of two people stabbed.

Byron Decles
Berkeley Police released this photo of 23-year-old Byron Decles on Dec. 8, 2023, after he was named as a suspect in a double stabbing near Oak Ridge Road that day. Berkeley Police Dept. Photo

Police identified a suspect, Byron Decles, who is described as a 5-foot-8, 23-year-old white male with blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a brown or red hoodie, black pants, a black hat and a large black backpack.

Police lifted the shelter-in-place order at 9:38 p.m. but Decles had still not been located at that time.

Police advise anyone who sees Decles not to approach him as he is suspected to be armed with a cutting device, and to call 911.

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