BPD: Police seize rifle from man who threatened daughters

The girls fled their apartment after their father, Ronald Guillory, told them he was "going to his bedroom to get his firearm," police said.

BPD: Police seize rifle from man who threatened daughters
A Berkeley police cruiser (file photo). Emilie Raguso/The Berkeley Scanner

A man who threatened to shoot his teenage daughters after punching one of them in the face has been charged with multiple felonies, according to court papers.

Berkeley police responded to the 1800 block of Fairview Street early Monday morning after reports of a disturbance in the area.

Just after midnight, callers told police there was a loud argument in an apartment. Someone also saw a girl leaving the area holding a baseball bat.

Police searched the area but didn't immediately find anyone, according to charging papers.

About 45 minutes later, a girl called police to report that her father had punched her in the face, leaving her with a laceration. (She would ultimately require five stitches to close the wound, police wrote.)

The girl's sister intervened, she told police, but their father "was able to overpower both of them."

The girls fled the apartment in fear for their life after the man, 38-year-old Ronald Guillory, told them he was "going to his bedroom to get his firearm," police wrote in charging papers.

The girls hid in a nearby driveway until police and firefighters arrived.

Berkeley police arrested Guillory "after a brief struggle," authorities said.

When officers searched his apartment, they found a loaded, unregistered assault rifle in his bedroom, according to charging papers.

Police also found suspected cocaine and ammunition in the apartment, authorities said.

According to court papers, Guillory is prohibited from owning firearms or ammunition because of his criminal record.

On Wednesday, the Alameda County DA's office charged Guillory with a long list of felonies, including making criminal threats against both daughters, corporal injury to a child, child abuse, possession of an assault weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a large-capacity magazine.

Ronald Guillory. BPD

According to court papers, Guillory has separate convictions from 2019 for assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and grand theft of personal property. Both cases resulted in probation.

On Wednesday, Judge Elena Condes denied a defense motion to release Guillory on his own recognizance, according to court records. Bail was set at $382,500.

The court also issued a protective order to keep Guillory away from the victims in the case.

He entered not-guilty pleas in connection with the charges filed against him.

Guillory is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 17, according to court records.

Most categories of serious crime in Berkeley have dropped significantly since last year's spike but domestic violence reports are up 7%, from about 115 reports to 123 so far this year.