America’s Most Wanted helps Berkeley police with suspect in sexual assault case

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Berkeley Police Department recently gained several leads on the possible whereabouts of sexual assault suspect Omar Sosa Arenal, 29, following a profile of the alleged criminal on the national television show America’s Most Wanted.

Arenal is wanted on charges relating to a 2010 stranger sexual assault case, in which he allegedly entered the window of a minor victim and sexually assaulted her while her family slept. Arenal then avoided capture, according to a news release issued Thursday by police.

Since the television episode aired on Aug. 10, detectives working on the case have received numerous tips on Arenal’s possible location. Berkeley police are working closely with the U.S. Marshals Service to follow up on the leads, including one sighting of Arenal in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, where he is suspected to have fled after the alleged assault.

Police are asking for help from anyone with ties to the Veracruz area.

Call the Sex Crimes Unit at (510) 981-5735 or (510) 981-5900. For anonymous tips, call Bay Area Crimes Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or America’s Most Wanted at 1-800-274-6388.

Weiru Fang is the assistant city news editor.