UC Berkeley student escapes attempted sexual assault on campus

A man allegedly attempted to sexually assault a UC Berkeley student on the edge of campus Sunday evening near Tolman Hall.

At around 5 p.m., a female UC Berkeley student was talking on her cellphone and walking eastbound on Hearst Avenue when she passed a bus stop near Tolman Hall, where a man asked her a question regarding a bus, according to a UCPD crime alert. The victim answered the question and then walked southbound onto campus, where the suspect caught up with her a few moments later.

He then grabbed her arm and brought it toward his exposed genitals while trying to pull her into nearby bushes, according to the crime alert. The victim fought back and escaped toward Hearst.

The victim was not injured during the encounter and reported the incident to UCPD Thursday.

The suspect is described as a 5’3’’ medium built male in his late 30s with an average weight and black or grey short, straight thinning hair. He has a pock-marked complexion with some facial stubble, and was wearing a faded black hooded sweatshirt, light blue jeans and old white shoes, according to the crime alert.