Thursday, August 09, 2007

In Wake of Sexual Assaults, Cal Police Say Don't Walk Alone at Night

The Frat Boy News daily campus police report for Thursday:

University of California in Berkeley (compiled by UC Berkeley News)

In the wake of two recent sexual assaults in the area just south of the UC Berkeley campus, police are advising young women in particular to exercise caution in the area.

"It's definitely concerning that these two assaults happened so close to campus," says Lieutenant Doug Wing of the UC Police Department. "As always, we urge people to take proper personal-safety precautions."

Students who must travel in the area at night are encouraged to use the campus's Night Safety Shuttle (call 642-9255) and/or Night Escort Service.

Berkeley police are currently investigating two recent sexual assaults, which occurred on July 6, around 3 p.m., and Aug. 2, around 6 p.m. In each case the suspect gained entry to a secure lobby of a multi-unit apartment building and targeted a college-age Asian women. The earlier incident occurred in the 2500 block of Hillegass Avenue, near People's Park, the latter five blocks away, in the 2100 block of Haste Street.

Police believe the same individual is responsible for the two assaults. The suspect has been described as a black man in his late 20s, between 5' 8" and 6' tall; he is thin with a dark complexion and clean appearance and wears shoulder-length dreadlocks.

Anyone with information related to these crimes should contact the Berkeley Police Department's 24-hour line, (510) 981-5900.

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