Sexual assault alert near Lake Merritt
on September 20, 2010
On September 19, two women were robbed on their way home in Oakland’s Lake Merritt neighborhood. During the course of the robberies, the women were also sexually assaulted. The suspect is described as an African-American man with a medium build, between 5’10 and 6’0 tall. He was reported to have been wearing dark clothing and armed with a weapon.
Oakland Police Spokesperson Holly Joshi released a statement outlining several things people can do to protect themselves against random attacks. Be aware of your surroundings and never walk by yourself; there is safety in numbers. Try to stay in well-lit and populated areas. If someone or something looks suspicious, call police. Always be alert when entering and exiting your vehicle and remember to lock the door after entering your vehicle.
Anyone with information about the attacker is asked to call police at 510-238-3641.
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