Suspect sought in Berkeley sexual assault case

Omar Sosa

Berkeley police have identified Omar Sosa as a suspect in a home invasion sexual assault that took place Saturday morning on Evelyn Avenue in north Berkeley.

Police believe that Sosa entered into the house through the unlocked bedroom window of a young girl around 6:11 am on Nov. 20. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Police believe that Sosa may be on his way to Mexico. Detectives believe he is driving a ’97 Ford Ranger, with a double cab and a white camper shell.

He is wanted on suspicion of rape, sodomy, oral copulation, false imprisonment, burglary, and sexual battery.

Update, 08.35am: ABC7 reported last night that police detectives believe Sosa is known to the girl’s family. While police are not saying what the relationship is, property records show Sosa may have lived next door for a few months until 2009.

Anyone with information about the assault or the suspect’s whereabouts should call the BPD at (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch line). If callers wish to remain anonymous they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Frances Dinkelspiel is co-founder and executive editor of Cityside. Email: frances@citysidejournalism.org.