Police are looking for a woman who shoved an 85-year-old to the ground and rushed off. Image: BPD
Police are looking for a woman (mid-screen: long gray coat and dark pants) who shoved an 85-year-old to the ground and rushed off. Image: BPD

Update, Oct. 14: Read Berkeleyside’s exclusive story about the alleged assailant’s arrest.

Original story, Oct. 7: Authorities are looking for a woman they say turned suddenly, without provocation, and violently shoved an 85-year-old pedestrian to the ground as she walked in downtown Berkeley in September.

The assault caused serious injuries, and the victim required treatment at the hospital. Authorities have released a video (below) that shows what took place.

According to police, the 85-year-old Oakland woman was walking with a relative on Shattuck Avenue near Allston Way on Sept. 23 just after 9:30 p.m. when a woman who had passed them rushed back at them, forcefully pushed the Oakland woman to the ground, and immediately walked away.

Police have released the following video of the assault, and are asking for help to find the assailant.

YouTube video

Police describe the person responsible for the attack as a black woman in her 50s with short hair. She appeared about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build, and was wearing a long gray coat and dark green baggy pants. She was pushing a shopping cart.

The woman is wanted on suspicion of felony assault and elder abuse.

Police released no further information about the condition or injuries of the woman who was pushed.

Authorities ask anyone with information about the identity of the assailant, or regarding the incident otherwise, to call the Crimes Against Persons Detail at 510-981-5741, or the Berkeley Police non-emergency line at 510-981-5900. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Alleged assailant. Image still: Berkeley Police
The alleged assailant from a random assault in Berkeley in September. Image: Berkeley Police

After community tip, police arrest SF woman tied to violent Berkeley assault (10.14.14)

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...