A man was arrested on Southside Sunday morning after allegedly sexually battering a UC Berkeley parent who was moving her son into the dorms at Unit 3.
At around 10:25 a.m., the victim was standing outside of Unit 3 on the 2400 block of Channing Way when she was approached from behind by a male who grabbed her between the legs over her clothing, according to UCPD Lt. Marc Decoulode, spokesperson for the department. The victim then struck the man with her purse. When the suspect walked away, the victim flagged down a nearby UCPD Community Services Officer who radioed the department.
UCPD officers then responded to the scene and detained 42-year-old Ruben Palate, who was positively identified by the victim, according to a UCPD crime alert. Berkeley Police Department officers then arrived and took custody of the suspect.
The victim was not injured during the encounter.
Stephanie Baer is the city news editor.