Marina by Gehling
The Marina. Photo: TJ Gehling

UPDATE 6/12 10:15 a.m.: Berkeley police continued their investigation throughout the night and currently have patrol officers looking for the suspect in the Marina, according to Lt. Dave Frankel. The suspect is described as a male with a dark complexion, under 30 years old, with blonde hair streaked through with green. He was wearing jeans, a green shirt, and black sneakers.

Original story: Berkeley police sealed off the marina for several hours Tuesday and inspected every car coming out in the hopes of catching a man who had sexually assaulted a child earlier in the day.

Police received a report around 1:37 p.m. that a man had assaulted a child in a public bathroom, according to a press release. Police responded quickly and contained the marina by closely monitoring the roads leading in and out of the area.

“Officers took posts on University Avenue and Marina Boulevard where they visually inspected the interior of all cars leaving the area,” Sgt. Mary Kusmiss wrote in the release. “Officers also shared the reason for their interest in the cars with drivers and passengers and asked for the community’s help with the investigation.”

Officers also set out on foot and rode bicycles, motorcycles and dirt bikes around the marina looking for the suspect.  The East Bay Regional Park District used its helicopter to search for the man.

The suspect was still at large Tuesday night.

In addition to the Berkeley Police Department and EBRPD, officers from the California Department of Fish and Game participated in the hunt.

Police are asking anyone who may have information about the suspect or crime to call them at 510-081-5735

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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...