Man Arrested After Berkeley Hills Murder

A woman called police Saturday night and reported that she and her husband found a stranger near their garage.

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    NBC San Diego
    Berkeley police did not immediately respond to the call because it was not a criminal, in-progress emergency.

    A 23-year-old Alameda man is in jail on suspicion of murder after police say he fatally attacked another man outside the man's home in the Berkeley hills.

    Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said a woman called police Saturday night and reported that she and her husband had arrived home to find a stranger near their garage.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that 67-year-old Peter Cukor was attacked after he asked the man to leave. Cukor, the owner of a logistics consulting firm, died later in the hospital.

    Kusmiss said an officer arrested Daniel Jordan Dewitt at a park about a block from the scene shortly after the attack. Dewitt, who matched a suspect description, suffers from mental illness, his mother told the newspaper.

    The Berkeley Police Department said there were not as many officers available to respond to the initial call because they were monitoring a protest coming into Berkeley from Oakland. Officers were only being dispatched to criminal, in-progress emergency calls at that time.

    When police received a call of an attack in progress on Park Gate Road, officers were dispatched, according to police.

    Dewitt is being held without bail.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.