Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Man reports sexual assault in Berkeley park

People's Park. Photo: City of Berkeley.

People’s Park. Photo: City of Berkeley.

A 30-year-old man reported that he was sexually assaulted this week in People’s Park in Berkeley.

The man sought medical treatment at Alta Bates Hospital after waking up in the park, which UC-Berkeley owns, “and discovering indications that he was sodomized while he was unconscious,” university police said in a summary.

Hospital staff made mandatory notification to police Thursday, July 30 of the incident, which had taken place the previous night.

The victim isn’t affiliated with the university and wanted his name to be kept confidential, according to police.

Police didn’t provide a suspect description or say what the signs were that the man had been sodomized.

A city website says People’s Park, which is in southeast Berkeley, includes community gardens, a basketball court, a performance stage, and a playground. The park is also known for its homeless population.

Anyone with information about the case may contact the UC-Berkeley police Criminal Investigations Bureau at (510) 642-0472 form 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at (510) 642-6760 at all other times.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, July 31, 2015 @ 10:53 am PST
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