Berkeley police cruiser (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso Credit: Emilie Raguso

Update, 4:30 p.m. The University of California Police Department described this incident as an attempted sexual assault in a campus alert that went out early Sunday morning. Berkeleyside will seek additional information from the Berkeley Police Department, which is handling the case.

Original story, 11:06 a.m. Police are asking the community to help find a man “with a muscular build” who attacked a 21-year-old woman in her Southside Berkeley home early Sunday morning, threatening her with a gun.

In a Nixle alert, police said they got reports at 12:45 a.m. about a woman who was screaming in the 2400 block of Warring Street (near Dwight Way).

When officers arrived, they found a woman who said a stranger had attacked her inside her apartment. The man threatened the woman with a gun and “struck her several times with an object” when she resisted him. The woman was treated at a local hospital for her injuries, which police said were not life-threatening.

The man, who fled before officers arrived, was described as Black, unknown age, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall. He had broad shoulders with a muscular build and was armed with a handgun, police said.

BPD described the attack as a “serious offense” and said detectives are investigating.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call BPD’s investigations bureau at 510-981-5717 and reference case 2020-44671. Urgent reports can be made by calling the dispatch center at 510-981-5900.

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...