Press Release: Berkeley Homicide Victim Identified; Reward Offered

From Ofc Jennifer Coats, BPC
Thursday March 06, 2014 - 02:45:00 PM

The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the homicide that occurred in the 1100 of Addison Street.

On Friday, February 28, 2014 at approximately 11:48 a.m., the Berkeley Police Department received a welfare check request from a community member. The reporting party was concerned because they had not seen their friend, the resident of an apartment on the 1100 block of Addison St., for several days. Officers obtained access to the apartment, and subsequently discovered the resident, 54-year-old Sylvan Fuselier, deceased in the apartment. Further investigation of the scene determined that Fuselier had been murdered.  

Investigators have been actively working this case, conducting interviews, following up on leads, and examining evidence. At this time, this crime does not appear to have been a random act. However, detailed informationregarding the crime scene, injuries and the possible cause of death is beingwithheld in order to avoid potentially compromising the investigation. We are releasing the victim’s name with the approval of the Alameda County Coroner’s Office.  

Investigators believe the reward in this case may be helpful in obtaining information about the suspect in this case. BPD is urging anyone with information regarding this case to please contact our Homicide Detail at (510)-981-5741 or the non-emergency line at (510) 981-5900. If a caller wishes to remain anonymous he/she can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).