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Witness Assists Police in Capture

Berkeley, California (Thursday, October 13, 2005) - On Wednesday October 12,  an elderly woman was the victim of rape in her home in the 1700 block of California Street.  The victim did not know the suspect, but allowed him into her home.  Once inside, the suspect detained the victim and raped her. 

A woman in the area heard sounds of the victim calling for help, knocked on the victim’s door and went into the residence, in time to see the suspect fleeing out of the rear of the house. The witness followed the suspect from a distance, and helped direct police to him a few blocks from where the crime occurred.  The suspect was identified as forty-two year old Berkeley resident Renee Moss.  He was arrested near the North Berkeley Bart Station on charges of burglary, rape, and elder abuse.

Offficer Tim Kaplan from the Sex Crimes Detail said, “The fact that the witness took the initiative to follow the suspect, combined with a fast response by patrol and their keen observations of the suspect enabled us to identify and arrest him moments after he committed the rape.”


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