Suspect impaled his leg on this fence

Berkeley police are asking for assistance in finding a suspect who may have seriously injured himself when he impaled his leg on a fence.

The suspect was injured around 2:20 am Wednesday morning as he ran from police in the 2200 block of Dwight Way, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. The suspect scaled a metal fence and got stuck. He wiggled free but he punctured his left calf and thigh, bruised his ribs and suffered a laceration above his eye.

The suspect may not seek medical attention because he knows the police are looking for him, said Sgt. Kusmiss.

The suspect, who was loitering outside a woman’s home on Wednesday morning, is described as a black male, 19-22 years old with short hair and spotty facial hair, 6’0” tall, 185-195 lbs, with an athletic or slender build. He was wearing a dark boxer shorts and a hooded shirt with the arms cut off and sides open.

BPD is urging anyone who knows anything about this suspect to call the BPD Special Victims Unit at (510) 981- 5735 or the 24-hour BPD Non Emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime.

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Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, published in November...