Suspect Arrested in Frat-Row Murder


In connection with the stabbing death of 21-year-old Christopher Wootton on Berkeley's frat row around 2:45 this morning, Berkeley police have arrested a 20-year-old Berkeley man, Andrew Thomas Hoeft-Edenfield.

According to a BPD news release issued at 7:15 p.m. tonight: "Officers found a group of approximately 20 college-aged males around Wootton who was suffering from a stab wound to his left side of his upper chest area. BFD paramedics transported him to a local trauma center, where he was pronounced dead. Detectives were able to develop significant leads in the investigation due to the support and cooperation of several witnesses. Witnesses said that the suspect and victim were part of a larger group that was involved in a verbal exchange that quickly escalated to a physical fight. During the fight, the suspect stabbed Wootton, then fled westbound on Channing Way. During the suspect's flight, he tossed a bloody knife that was later discovered by officers. Detectives prefer not to share the arrested suspect's name as it may compromise their continuing investigation. The suspect was booked into the City of Berkeley Jail for one count of murder."—Anneli Rufus