For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Kusmiss, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5780

COMMUNITY CRIME ALERT - HELP NEEDED TO CATCH A PREDATOR

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, January 28, 2009) - City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Sex Crimes detectives need the community’s help to nab a predator.

Detectives are tracking a series of assaults in which the suspect is focusing on college-aged women who are wearing skirts. In each case, the suspect approaches the victim(s) from behind, lifts their skirts and tries to penetrate the victim’s vagina with his finger.

Three of the crimes occurred on Saturday, January 24, 2009 in the south campus area
of the City of Berkeley close to the University of California at Berkeley. (UC)

Case #1 –     2:30 am    Channing Way & Piedmont Avenue      
Case #2 –    12:30 am   Bowditch Way & Channing Way                
Case #3 –     1:30 am    2400 block of Warring Street
              
Detectives believe that an incident on October 31, 2008 at 12:30 am at Haste Street and Piedmont Avenue is also related based on the similar M.O. (Modus Operandi) in that case.

Due to the fact that the suspect approaches the victims from behind to commit the crime, the victims were unable to get a detailed description of the suspect.

The victims have generally described the suspect as-
White male, 20s to 30 years old
5’6”-5’9” tall
Medium build
Short dark hair

BPD needs the community’s help in catching this suspect. If you were a victim who did not report a similar crime or a witness to any of these crimes, please contact the BPD Sex Crimes Detail at (510) 981-5735 / 5734. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. All Bay Area Crime Stoppers calls are completely confidential. For crimes in progress, call 911 or (510) 981-5911 from your cell phone when in the City of Berkeley.

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