In a frightening update to the unsolved case of the serial rapist assaulting college-age women near the UC Berkeley Campus, police now say that the suspect likely lives close to the site of the attacks. Berkeley Chief of Police Michael Meehan told the city council last night that his office is doing everything in their power to find the man accused of attacking four different women, and this reportedly includes working with a sexual assault expert in an attempt to develop a profile of the man.
"I'm fairly alarmed by this person — by his boldness, Chief Meehan told KRON4 News. "He has to know that we're looking for him, he has to know that we have video of him and yet the offenses continue."
The suspect has been described as a Hispanic male in his 20's or 30's, and the attacks have all followed a similar pattern of the man coming up from behind a woman and grabbing her before assaulting her. The most recent attack last Saturday happened on the 2500 block of Etna near Dwight, and in that case the 21-year-old victim fought back. In the preceeding case, the victim also fought back and actually chased the suspect away.
Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect, and if you have any information you can call an anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477.