BPD has released photographs of the suspect in this case. Images: BPD

A woman jogging on a recent December weekend was sexually assaulted by a stranger near Berkeley Bowl West, authorities report.

The woman was jogging around Ninth Street and Heinz Avenue on Sunday, Dec. 10, when a man attacked her, said Berkeley Police Lt. Andrew Rateaver. The assault took place on a public sidewalk near the popular grocery store at 9 a.m.

The incident is listed as a sex crime, but authorities have not released any further information about the nature of the attack.

Rateaver said the woman was not injured and did not require transport to the hospital.

Police were unable to find the man responsible for the assault.

The community member who alerted Berkeleyside to the sexual assault said he had been troubled to see no official reports about it: “It is a sad event when it seems that members of the public need to warn the neighborhood,” he wrote.

Update, Dec. 21: BPD has released two images of the man they say is responsible for the Dec. 10 sexual assault. They now appear at the top of this story.

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...