For Immediate ReleasePress Contact: Andrew Frankel, Public Information Officer, (510) 981-5881
COMMUNITY CRIME ALERT - DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT
Berkeley, California (Wednesday, April 22, 2009) - This morning at approximately 4:00 a.m., Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Patrol Officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress on the 1100 block of Hearst Avenue in Northwest Berkeley. The suspect entered the victim’s home through an unlocked window and woke her with demands that she perform a sexual act. The victim began screaming and the suspect fled the residence.
The victim described the suspect as:
Black male, early 20s
Medium to Athletic build
Wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt
The community is encouraged to employ the following Crime Prevention measures as spring temperatures increase:
Always lock and secure 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
Immediately call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity
BPD needs the community’s help in catching this suspect. Anyone with information with regard to this case is encouraged to call the BPD Sex Crimes Detail at (510 ) 981-5735. If the event has just occurred or is in progress, please immediately report it to the BPD Dispatch at 9-1-1 or from your cell phone at (510) 981-5911.
If you wish to remain anonymous, please call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. All Bay Area Crime Stoppers calls are completely confidential.