Woman, 21, attacked in Southside home during sexual assault attempt

Police are asking the community to help find a man “with a muscular build” who attacked a 21-year-old woman in her Southside home early Sunday morning, threatening her with a gun and trying to sexually assault her.

Berkeley police cruiser (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso

Update, 4:30 p.m. The University of California Police Department described this incident as an attempted sexual assault in a campus alert that went out early Sunday morning. Berkeleyside will seek additional information from the Berkeley Police Department, which is handling the case.

Original story, 11:06 a.m. Police are asking the community to help find a man “with a muscular build” who attacked a 21-year-old woman in her Southside Berkeley home early Sunday morning, threatening her with a gun.

In a Nixle alert, police said they got reports at 12:45 a.m. about a woman who was screaming in the 2400 block of Warring Street (near Channing Way).

When officers arrived, they found a woman who said a stranger had attacked her inside her apartment. The man threatened the woman with a gun and “struck her several times with an object” when she resisted him. The woman was treated at a local hospital for her injuries, which police said were not life-threatening.


The man, who fled before officers arrived, was described as Black, unknown age, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall. He had broad shoulders with a muscular build and was armed with a handgun, police said.

BPD described the attack as a “serious offense” and said detectives are investigating.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call BPD’s investigations bureau at 510-981-5717 and reference case 2020-44671. Urgent reports can be made by calling the dispatch center at 510-981-5900.

Emilie Raguso is Berkeleyside’s senior editor of news. Email: emilie@berkeleyside.com. Twitter: emraguso.