Thursday, February 26, 2009

Suspect Caught in Berkeley Teen Party Murder

Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Three years after El Cerrito High graduate Juan Carlos Ramos was fatally stabbed at a high school party in the Berkeley Hills, police finally arrested a murder suspect, nineteen-year-old Berkeley High alum Justin Michael Johnson. The suspect, who was apprehended in South Carolina and now awaits extradition to Alameda County, is accused of Ramos' murder and also faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, for stabbing three other teens, reports the Trib. The party, which was widely publicized on MySpace.com, drew a crowd of roughly 100 kids from Berkeley, Albany, and El Cerrito -- including many who were not invited. Police blame reticent, uncooperative witnesses for the four-year lag in solving Ramos' murder, which was the impetus for last year's Express story on violence at teen parties. -- Rachel Swan

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