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Oakland Man Arrested In Berkeley Baseball Bat Attack

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BERKELEY (CBS SF) — An Oakland man is allegedly responsible for an assault with a baseball bat in Berkeley early Sunday that sent two people to the hospital, police said Tuesday.

Frank Watson, 23, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon and probation violation, according to Berkeley police.

Officers responded at 1:25 a.m. Sunday to the 2700 block of Durant Avenue to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon and learned two groups were involved in a verbal argument that turned physical in the rear parking lot of a fraternity.

Police said Watson arrived at the scene during the altercation, grabbed a baseball bat from the trunk of a vehicle and struck two victims in the head with the bat. He then fled the area in a vehicle.

Officers located and stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Warring and Parker streets.

Police said Watson then tried to flee on foot but was detained at the intersection.

The conditions of the victims were not immediately available, but police described their injuries as “significant.”

There were no other arrests stemming from the incident.

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