OPD issues alert over robbery, sexual assault near Lake Merritt
on January 20, 2011
The Oakland Police Department has issued an alert regarding a robbery and sexual assault in the Lake Merritt area that occurred on the evening of Tuesday, January 18. According to the OPD, the woman was targeted as she came home. The suspect is an African-American male in his early twenties.
The OPD released a similar report in September, 2010, regarding two robberies turned sexual assaults against women in the Lake Merritt area who were attacked on their way home, and is looking into a possible connection between the incidents.
The OPD has recommended the following safety precautions:
– Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t be distracted by cell phones and electronic devices
– Stay in well lit and populated areas
– Be especially alert when entering and exiting your vehicle
– Remember to lock your car door after entering your vehicle
– If someone or something looks suspicious call the police
Anyone with information that may lead to the identification or arrest of the suspect is asked to call the Oakland Police Department at (510) 238-3641.
Editor’s Note: The original version of this article mistakenly listed the date of the assault as Wednesday, January 18 but has been corrected to Tuesday, January 18.
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