Sketch. Source: BPD

In a rare move, authorities have released a sketch of a man they say is wanted in connection with the stabbing of a North Berkeley resident who was attacked near John Hinkel Park as he walked not far from his home Friday night.

Tuesday’s statement follows a request the Berkeley Police Department put out Monday asking for footage from anyone with a surveillance camera system who lives within a half-mile of the attack.

Police said the assailant approached the man and stabbed him in the abdomen at about 7:45 p.m. in the 800 block of San Diego Road.

“There was no robbery attempt and the stabbing appeared to be without provocation,” police said. “The victim did not know the suspect and the stabbing appeared to be random.”

The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital but is expected to survive, authorities said.

The man with the knife was described as white, in his 30s, with sandy-colored hair and “several days of facial hair growth.” He was wearing light-colored clothing and had a black backpack.

The man was seen leaving the park on foot. Police were unable to find him despite an extensive search.

Police ask anyone with information about the case to call the Berkeley Police Homicide Detail at 510-981-5741.

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...