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SEXUAL ASSAULT SUSPECT ARRESTED

Berkeley, California (Friday, May 04, 2018) - McInnis

On April 19, 2018 between 11:00 and 11:30am, the victim (a lone high school-aged minor) was walking on the 1500 block of Addison Street when she was grabbed from behind.  The victim said the suspect covered her mouth and pressed a gun into her side while telling her not to scream. The victim said the suspect walked her eastbound on Addison Street and into the side yard of a residence where he sexually assaulted her.  After the assault, the victim sought help, BPD was notified and the investigation began.   

Detectives and Officers have been diligently working on this investigation ever since.  That investigation helped them to develop Alphonso Lamont McInnis, of Berkeley, as a suspect.

On April 28, 2018 at approximately 4:30am, an unknown suspect attacked a Cal Berkeley Student near the intersection of College Avenue and Channing Way.  The suspect chased the victim westbound on Channing Way to the south side of the Unit 1 dormitory building where he produced a handgun, and attempted to push her off the street and in between the buildings. The victim escaped his grasp and continued running with the suspect in pursuit.  A second struggle ensued at the entrance to Slottman Hall.  The victim managed to escape him as she got through the front door.  That struggle was captured on video and initially reported to the University of California Police Department (UCPD) as an attempted robbery.  In the interest of public safety, UCPD shared that video with the community.  After our Detectives reviewed the video, it became clear that McInnis was responsible for this attack as well.  That video can be seen at https://youtu.be/wtqquH3A6kI

On May 3, 2018 at 2:12pm, Detectives apprehended McInnis on the 1900 block of University Avenue, in Berkeley.  McInnis was booked into the Berkeley City Jail for several sexual assault charges including a parole violation.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank UCPD and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and who assisted us with this case.  

Despite the arrest, we are still asking for the community's assistance with this investigation.  Anyone who lives in the area of the 1500 block of Addison Street and has surveillance cameras is asked to review their camera footage.  If they witnessed the crime or have information regarding the case, they are asked to contact the Berkeley Police Sex Crimes Detail at (510) 981-5716.

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