Berkeley Police hope to catch attacker

March 5, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Berkeley police today released images of clothing that may belong to the person responsible for sexually assaulting more than a dozen women near the University of California at Berkeley campus since last year.

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A blue and white sweat jacket with the Rhapsody music logo, a black and gray Above Sea Level brand sweat jacket and a green Above Sea Level brand windbreaker were recovered near the site of the Feb. 20 assault, police said.

The suspect is believed to have dumped the clothes in an effort to change his appearance after that assault, which occurred in the 2200 block of Haste Street, according to police.

The suspect is allegedly responsible for at least 19 attacks in the South Campus area since last September.

Witnesses described the suspect as a white man in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, and weighing 160 to 170 pounds with a medium build and dark, wavy hair.

Police are asking for the public's help catching the suspect.

Anyone who can identify him or has witnessed an attack is asked to call the Berkeley Sex Crimes Detail at (510) 981-5735. To immediately report an attack, call the Berkeley police dispatch at (510) 981-5900 or (510) 981-5911. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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