Woman Groped at Cal Berkeley Parking Lot: Police

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    NEWSLETTERS

    A man on a bicycle groped a 20-year-old woman while she was walking through a parking lot at the University of California at Berkeley on Sunday night, campus police said.

    At about 10:50 p.m. on Sunday, the victim, who campus police said is not affiliated with the university, was walking south on Oxford Street near Kittredge Street when she noticed a man on a bicycle near the Touchless Car Wash and gas station staring at her, campus police said.

    The victim continued walking south and crossed Bancroft Way toward the university's Tang Center parking lot, according to UC police.

    The suspect on the bicycle then approached the woman and grabbed her chest, campus police said.

    The victim yelled and the suspect fled from the parking lot on the bicycle, UC police said.

    The victim was not physically injured during the encounter. The victim reported the battery to campus police and officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

    UC police said the suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s standing 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build and a full beard.

    He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and riding a new-looking black fixed gear bicycle with black spokes and straight "horned" handlebars with the ends going up.

    UC police are reminding the community to be alert and aware of their surroundings. Citizens who sense danger should call 911 or 510-642-3333 or use a Blue Light emergency phone to get help.

    Citizens should move away from any perceived threat, cross the street and increase their pace or join a group of people.

    Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the University of California Police Department at 510-642-0472 or 510-642-6760.