Berkeley: police ask for help in finding assault suspect

BERKELEY (BCN)

Berkeley police are asking for the public’s help in finding a wanted man who allegedly assaulted a female victim last weekend, police said.

According to police, 33-year-old John Anthony Martin, of Berkeley, is wanted in connection with the assault.

At about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, a suspect entered a multi-unit residential building in the 2400 block of Piedmont Avenue and prowled through several rooms, police said.

The victim was asleep in bed when the suspect entered her room and began inappropriately touching her, causing her to wake up, according to police.

The victim started yelling and the suspect fled the building, police said.

A subsequent investigation identified Martin as the alleged suspect. He is described as being 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 280 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes, police said.

Police are warning residents not to approach the suspect. Instead, police are asking anyone who sees him to call 911.

Anyone with information about Martin’s whereabouts or the case is asked to call Berkeley police at (510) 981-5735 or an anonymous tip line at (800) 222-8477.

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