Prosecutors will not charge the man accused by a San Pablo councilman of attacking him, knocking him out, and dumping him in his car near Golden Gate Fields, police said.
The accused man, Albert Beal, 55, had given a starkly different account of the July 3 incident, telling this newspaper that he rescued the councilman, Paul Morris, from a beating by two men who chased him out the back of a Richmond motel.
Richmond police obtained a $50,000 arrest warrant against Beal for felony battery causing serious injury, and on Aug. 12 Beal turned himself in to authorities in Oakland for booking, and posted bond, said Richmond police Det. Tim Gard.
Beal said he has continued living at his Richmond home, a rental house on San Joaquin Street that Morris' company, Paul Morris Management Inc. of San Pablo, had recently started to manage.
On Wednesday, Gard said the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office determined there was insufficient evidence to charge Beal.
"The case is closed," Gard said.
Morris' company last month filed to evict Beal, who said Wednesday he has not been served with any notice to appear in court.
Morris, a San Pablo councilman since 2002, told this newspaper a week after the July 3 incident that at about 1:30 p.m. that day, he was preparing to introduce himself as the new property manager when Beal flew out the door without provocation, shouting "Get out! Get out!" and punched Morris in the chest, knocking
Morris said he hit his head on the pavement and lost consciousness, and that between flashes of semiconsciousness he remembered Beal dragging him into Morris' car, driving him to Berkeley, and leaving him in the car on a frontage road off Interstate 80 near Gilman Street in Berkeley.
Berkeley police found Morris about 3:15 p.m. after he activated the SOS button of his car, a 2012 Mercedes, which alerts the car company to summon emergency responders. Morris said his wallet, car keys and smart phone were in the car with him and the windows were open when he woke up.
He was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland. Later that afternoon, San Pablo police Chief Walt Schuld and a sergeant visited Morris in the hospital; they picked up Morris' car key, retrieved the car and drove it back to San Pablo, Morris said.
Morris was released from the hospital two days later, having suffered what he described as a slight concussion and a bruised tailbone.
Beal told this newspaper he was walking home from the corner store around 1:30 p.m. July 3 when he saw a tall man run out of the back lot of the 40 Flags Motel, chased by two young men, who caught up to their target on the front lawn of Beal's rental house. The duo started beating Morris but stopped and went back across the street when Beal yelled at them to stop, he said.
Beal said he tried to call 911 on his cell phone, but reception was bad. So he picked up Morris' car keys from the lawn, fetched the car, half-dragged a semiconscious Morris into the passenger seat and set out for Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, he said.
Approaching Gilman Street, Morris said, "I'm all right,'" according to Beal, so he pulled off the freeway, parked the car on the frontage road with Morris inside, and went home by bus and foot.
He said he only found out later that the man he had driven was Morris, his new property manager.
Morris has said he was not coming out of any motel and that he did not even know there is one on the block.
Beal said he hopes Morris drops the eviction action, which alleges "loud noise, disturbing neighbors, unruly conduct and physically attacking management." He said he has collected character references from many of his neighbors.
Morris said Thursday that as far as the criminal matter is concerned, "I'm done. I don't want to pursue this any further." But he said he will proceed with the eviction action and that Beal is in arrears on the rent.
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