Media Release
Media Release
Press Contact: Andrew Frankel, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881

COMMUNITY CRIME ALERT - DETECTIVES LOOK AT CASES FOR SIMILARITIES

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, July 08, 2008) - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is urging the community to employ the following crime prevention measures in response to several home invasions and sexual assaults: 

»Despite the warm weather, community members should always lock and secure their doors
  and windows
»Be aware of locations and situations which make you more vulnerable to crime, such as
   traveling alone, and when walking through alleys, doorways, parking lots and stairwells
»Call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity

Detectives are investigating a sexual assault that occurred this morning before dawn on the 1200 block of Milvia St. in north Berkeley. 

     The victim described the suspect as:
     Black male, late teens early 20s, 5-06 to 5-08, thin build

On Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in the late morning hours, a woman was sexually assaulted in her home on the 2300 block of Derby St.

    The victim described the suspect as:
    Black male, 20s, dark complexion, 6-02, thin build

On Saturday, June 21, 2008, in the early morning hours, a residence on the 1800 block of Vine St. was burglarized.  This burglary is suspicious given the proximity and the suspect description. 

    The victim described the suspect as:
    Black male, 20s, dark complexion, tall, muscular build

In all three cases the suspect was armed with a deadly weapon.  Investigators are looking into the possibility these cases are related.

If you have any information regarding these cases, please call the BPD Sex Crimes Detail at (510) 981-5735. 

The BPD is working in partnership with Bay Area Crime Stoppers who are offering up to a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the involved suspect(s). Callers may remain anonymous by calling Bay Area Crime Stoppers at
1-800-222-TIPS (8477). 

For crimes in progress, call 911 or (510) 981-5911 from your cell phone.  To report suspicious persons or activity, call the BPD non-emergency line at (510) 981-5900.

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