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Transient charged with Assault with a deadly weapon on Lanesplitter Pizza Employee

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Emeryville Police responded last night at 6:57 p.m. to a 911 call at Lanesplitter Pizza on San Pablo Avenue. A suspect wielding a knife allegedly threatened to kill an employee and made stabbing motions towards them.

Lanesplitter employees were able to disarm the suspect and get him to leave the business. The employees then locked the businesses doors and called 911.


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The suspect reportedly fled north on San Pablo on foot where responding officers were able to locate him a block up the street. A witness positively identified him as the suspect and he was detained.

59-year-old Daryl Butler, who was identified as a transient, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, threats with intent to terrorize, disrupting a business, resisting an officer and a violation of probation.

No patrons or restaurant staff were injured and the featured knife was recovered from the scene and submitted as evidence.

A man was arrested last week at the encampment behind Target for brandishing a Machete and in possession of an altered replica firearm. 39 year old Roderick Jenkins of Oakland was arrested and transported to jail for booking.

This comes on the heels of the brutal murder of Nia Wilson by a homeless man on the MacArthur BART platform on July 22nd. Her accused killer, John Cowell, was a described as a transient of the Oakland-Emeryville area.

View the EPD’s Nixle alert online.

Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

2 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! Freakin’ scary! Thank god no one was hurt. Lanesplitter employees and EPD are to be commended.

  2. Where are all the commenters that love the homeless so much and are so “proud” to provide them with more services and better accommodations here in E’ville but usually have nothing to say about EPD?

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