A Richmond man has been arrested in connection with three pellet gun attacks since May at Wildcat Canyon Regional Park near the Alvarado staging area, according to the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department.
Filiberto Alvidrez, 21, who police described as a person with a criminal history, was taken into custody shortly after the latest attack Sunday evening, parks spokesperson Carolyn Jones said Monday. In a post on Nextdoor.com, the victim alerted neighbors to the incident. The warning was also shared on a Facebook group serving Richmond’s North & East neighborhood residents.
“The shot came from up on the ridge where the path goes down to the neighborhood by Park Ave, we think,” the victim said.
The victim was walking with a friend at the time.
“This was not an accident, from the angle of the shot they could only have been aiming at me….they could have easily blinded me or worse,” the victim added.
The victim alerted neighbors to two possible suspects, but police say only Alvidrez has been arrested. Alvidrez has also been linked to two pellet gun attacks in the same area on Sept. 27 and May 6, Jones said. Police said Alvidrez also has autism.
The May 6 attack was reported to police at 4:14 p.m., when a victim walking with his friend said he heard a pop and then felt his nose start to bleed. He saw someone he described as a rifle-toting teenager running southbound on the Wildcat Canyon Trail, downhill towards Wildcat Creek.
Police have not yet located any weapons connected to the three attacks. Further details about Alvidrez’s arrest were set to be released in a forthcoming news release.
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