For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Jennifer Coats, Public Information Officer/BPD, (510) 981-5780


Berkeley, California (Thursday, August 23, 2012) - Berkeley, California (DATE) – Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Detectives have been working tirelessly in attempting to locate a wanted sexual assault suspect.  

The suspect has been identified as Omar Sosa Arenal, DOB: 6/22/1983, he currently has a no bail warrant for his arrest.  He is wanted on numerous offenses related to a 2010 stranger sexual assault case, where he entered the minor victim’s window and sexually assaulted her and avoided capture.

On August 10, 2012, America’s Most Wanted (AMW) profiled this case on National television.  Since the show aired, Detectives have received numerous tips on Arenal’s whereabouts.  BPD is working closely with the U.S. Marshall’s Service to actively follow up on those leads.      

Detectives have also learned of recent sightings of Arenal in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.  It is believed Arenal is originally from the Veracruz area and may have fled there after the assault.  BPD is asking for help from anyone who may have ties to the Veracruz area to be on the lookout for Arenal and to please contact BPD if they have any information on his whereabouts.  

BPD Detectives can be reached by calling the Sex Crimes Unit at (510) 981-5735 or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency line.)  If a person wishes to remain anonymous, he/she can call Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800) 222- TIPS (8477) or the America’s Most Wanted tip line at 1-800-CRIME-TV (1-800-274-6388).