A warrant has reportedly been issued for a suspect in the puzzling case of San Pablo Councilman Paul Morris, who said he was punched by a tenant at one of his Richmond properties, fell and hit his head, and woke up inside his car parked in Berkeley near Golden Gate Fields an hour and a half later.
Although Richmond police, the lead investigators, would not reveal new details in the case, the councilman said he was told by investigators that a warrant had been issued for a man suspected of felony battery in the July 3 case that began when Morris attempted to visit a rental property his company manages on San Joaquin Street. Morris, who has been on the San Pablo council since 2002, says he was on the tenant's doorstep at about 1:30 p.m., preparing to introduce himself, when the tenant suddenly burst through the door without provocation, shouting, "Get out! Get out!" and punched Morris in the chest, causing Morris to fall backward and hit his head on the concrete.
Morris said he lost consciousness and that the next thing he remembers is waking up in his car, alone, with the windows open, his car key and smart phone nearby. He called 911, then activated the SOS button on his car, a 2012 Mercedes, alerting the car company to summon emergency responders.
Berkeley Police found Morris at approximately 3:15 p.m. in the area of West Frontage Road and Gilman Street, said spokeswoman Jennifer Coats. He suffered a concussion and spent two days in the
Coats said she could not comment further because Richmond police are investigating the matter. Police have released only sparse details of the case, which has intrigued many readers.
Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760