The Berkeley Police Department, or BPD, arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of several instances of sexual battery on Monday, according to a community-wide Nixle alert.
There were three reported incidents of sexual battery, according to the alert – all of which were instigated by the suspect, who approached the victims on a bicycle. After approaching the victims, according to the alert, the suspect “grabbed them by their buttocks and/or genital area.”
Two of the three incidents occurred on the morning of Thursday July 18, one to a woman walking near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Fulton Street, the other to a woman walking on the 2400 block of Channing Way. The third incident occurred the next evening, on Friday July 19 to a woman walking by the intersection of Hearst Avenue and Walnut Street.
According to the alert, two detectives from the BPD Sex Crimes Unit “spotted a person who looked like the suspect” riding a bicycle in Downtown Berkeley. They arrested the man who was identified as Jodonnell Powell, on suspicion of sexual battery and violation of his probation after detaining and investigating him.