People v Aaron K Tingle

On August 15, 2017, a jury found defendant Aaron K Tingle guilty of assault with a deadly weapon.

In December 2016, the victim and her sister, Lashonda Lowery, lived together in an apartment in Berkeley. The apartment building had recently changed ownership and all the tenants were being evicted. Defendant Tingle was dating Lashonda at the time. On the morning of December 22, Defendant Tingle and Lashonda were asleep the apartment when the victim stopped by to pick up the last of her belongings. The victim was in the process of moving into a new apartment.

Defendant Tingle opened the front door and let the victim into the apartment. Shortly after, Defendant Tingle and the victim got into a verbal argument, and Defendant Tingle began punching the victim. The victim, who is 5'4" and 145lb, tried to fight back but at was easily overpowered by Defendant Tingle at 6'6" and 340lb. After repeatedly punching the victim with his fists, Defendant Tingle grabbed a fire extinguisher and hit the victim in the head with it two to three times.

A concerned citizen heard the victim yelling for help and informed a nearby Berkeley Police Officer. A neighbor also called 91 and numerous Berkeley Police Officers arrived within minutes. The victim was taken to the hospital and received 11 stitches.

Defendant Aaron K Tingle is scheduled to be sentenced in November 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Nick Homer with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo and Victim-Witness Advocate Elena Langer.

Posted on Aug 25, 2017