Content warning: discussions of sexual violence, assault
A series of violent sexual batteries have been reported on and near the UC Berkeley campus, which UCPD now believes could be related, according to a series of recent UC Berkeley WarnMe alerts.
The most recent of these batteries was reported in the early morning hours Tuesday.
According to the WarnMe, the victim was walking on the west side of the Foothill Residence Hall complex when she was grabbed from behind by the suspect and knocked to the ground. She fought back and was able to get away from the attacker, who remains unidentified.
However, UCPD noted in the WarnMe that this attack “may relate to the two sexual battery cases that were similarly mentioned in the campus WarnMe message from 4/10/2023.”
The first of these sexual batteries was reported April 5 in the Eucalyptus Grove around 1:30 p.m. and the second was reported April 9 around 9:40 a.m. at Stephens Hall.
On April 5, a female student was walking to class when she was unwantedly touched by a man who identified himself as “Chris.” The suspect was reported to be wearing a blue sweatshirt and blue pants and was seen leaving the Eucalyptus Grove toward Downtown Berkeley.
On April 9 at around 9:40 a.m., an unidentified male suspect sexually battered a campus visitor and fled southbound toward Bancroft Way. The case remains under investigation.
An additional campus WarnMe was sent out Tuesday morning, detailing a report of another attack. The incident was yet another sexual battery — this time reported at Memorial Stadium. On April 8, a female was walking by Memorial Stadium when she was grabbed by a male suspect from behind. The male suspect proceeded to place his hands on her breasts and buttocks and then pinned her to a wall.
The victim was able to get away, but UCPD believes this case may also be connected to the others.
In a WarnMe sent out April 10, UCPD provided pictures of the possible suspect and is asking the public for help identifying him.
UCPD is asking anyone with information to come forward.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.