Press Contact: Andrew Frankel, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881
COMMUNITY CRIME ALERT - DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE SERIES OF SEXUAL ASSAULTS
Berkeley, California (Tuesday, July 22, 2008) - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) is urging the community to employ the following crime prevention measures in response to a third apparently related sexual assault:
- 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 yesterday morning just before 0400 AM on the 1600 block of Hearst Ave in north Berkeley.
In all three recent incidents, the victims described the suspect as a black male adult, 5'5 to 6'0, thin muscular build, late teens to early 20s, with possible facial hair and armed with a deadly weapon.
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.BPD Homepage
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