Man With Sickle Arrested After Attack, Standoff in Berkeley

Authorities on Monday arrested a man with a sickle who attacked two people and then hid in a house in Berkeley during a lengthy standoff.

Nathan Hohmann, 40, of Berkeley was taken into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and felony battery, according to police.

One of the victims — a 70-year-old Oakland man who was cut with the farming tool during the attack — was taken to a hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, police said. It is not clear if the other victim was hurt.

The attack and standoff occurred along the 2300 block of Parker Street, police said. Around 5:50 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a report regarding a man who was waving a sickle.

Arriving officers learned that the man attacked the other man and another person inside a residence, according to police. The two victims managed to escape and call for help.

The suspect stayed in the residence and refused to come out, prompting a standoff with authorities. About two hours into Monday, authorities entered the residence and arrested the suspect.

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