Berkeley offers $15K reward for leads on fatal stabbing 

The city of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the city's only homicide this year.

Michael Mayfield was found with a stab wound to his chest around 7:40 p.m. Feb. 11 in the 2100 block of Curtis Street, police said. The 40-year-old Richmond resident was transported to an area hospital, where he died.

Already in custody in connection with Mayfield's murder is 42-year-old Robert Charles Briggs of Berkeley, who has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and accessory to murder, according to police.

Authorities are still looking for another Berkeley man believed to have been involved in Mayfield's murder, 22-year-old Kevin Aaron Alvarado, police said.

Alvarado is an alleged member of the West Side Berkeley gang and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police.

In addition to the city of Berkeley's $15,000, Bay Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call Berkeley Police Department's Homicide Unit at (510) 981-5741 or the Police Department's non-emergency dispatch at (510) 981-5900. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 222-TIPS.

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