A former Bishop Amat High football player has been charged with serious bodily injury after attacking several people last week, officials said.
During the June 10 incident in Berkeley, Aaron Maldonado attacked two men and a woman and also broke the driver’s side window on a Toyota Prius, according to Alameda County court documents. Officials said they have also been charged with one misdemeanor of battery and one misdemeanor of vandalism.
According to police, Maldonado’s attack took place around 1:18 p.m. in the college and Ashby Avenue area. A man was chasing and attacking people, after officers called on reports found him screaming in a corner.
After his arrest, doctors took Maldonado to the hospital for a medical evaluation. After his release, Maldonado kicked the door and window of a police car and shouldered an officer, shouting and screaming on his way to the Santa Rita prison, officials said.
Police said in a probable cause statement that Maldonado broke the Prius’ window with his own hands and caused about $550 in damage. Officials said he then ran up to a woman who was with her children in the 2900 block of College Avenue, shouted something vague at her and hit her in the face, causing her to collapse.
Officials said he complained of headache and pain in both his knees.
Authorities said the third attack took place inside Gordo Taqueria in the 2900 block of College Avenue, where Maldonado punched a man who was about to order food multiple times in the face. Officials said the man had bruises on his lip, bruises over his left eye and a scratch on his nose.
Next, officials said Maldonado entered Manapuku, another restaurant in the same block, and confronted another man who had ordered the food, asking if he was “Kevin.” Officers said the victim overturned, told Maldonado that he was not Kevin, and then fought back when Maldonado put him in a choke hold.
In that attack the victim broke free and fled the restaurant, but officials said Maldonado chased and confronted him, causing the man to hit his head on the cement. Officials said Maldonado later began strangling the man, but a witness was able to push him away.
Officials said the man had suffered a back injury and had complained of back pain.
After being recruited as a three-star defensive lineman from Bishop Amat in 2018, Maldonado continued his football career at UC Berkeley. Injuries kept him from playing in 2020 and 2021. Cal Football head coach Justin Wilcox announced in April that Maldonado was no longer on the team.
He remained in jail on Tuesday without listing the bail amount.