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Noose fastened on Berkeley Marina tree results in charge against suspect


BERKELEY — A man suspected of tying a noose and fastening it to a tree at the Berkeley Marina on Thursday has been charged with misdemeanor terrorizing, which is considered a hate crime, according to court records and authorities.

The suspect, identified as Jaime Robledo-Espino, 32, who was charged Friday, is scheduled to be arraigned in court Monday morning. He is being held at Santa Rita Jail but no bail amount was listed for him. An address for him was also not available.

According to police, a person who works at the marina  saw a man later identified as Robledo-Espino tying a noose with some rope about 8:17 a.m. Thursday near the South Cove area of the marina. When the employee confronted Robledo-Espino about the noose, he fastened it to a low hanging tree branch and fled the area.

But the employe was able to take a picture of Robledo-Espino, which he provided to police who responded.

Robledo-Espino was arrested about an hour later walking on University Avenue.

According to the state penal code, a terrorizing charge can be filed against anyone  “who hangs a noose, knowing it to be a symbol representing a threat to life” on the property of a variety of locations, including a public park.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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