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.