Berkeley Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is investigating a sexual assault that occurred early Saturday morning on the 2500 block of Etna Street, which police believe is related to a series of similar incidents in the last month.
A female UC Berkeley student was walking down the block near Dwight Way about midnight when the male suspect approached her from behind, according to a UCPD crime alert. The suspect then dragged her off the sidewalk and sexually assaulted her, the alert stated.
The 21-year-old victim fought back, and the suspect fled northbound on Etna Street on foot, the BPD alert said. The alerts described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s or early 30s, with an unshaven face and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and pants.
BPD believes the incident is related to three previous sexual assaults in the area south of campus last month. In an effort to identify the suspect, police are re-releasing video footage from a previous incident.
BPD asks that anyone with information call its Special Victims Unit at 510-981-5735. If the caller wishes to remain anonymous, they can call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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Contact Andrea Platten and Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks at [email protected].